In its 7th year, #artadventcalendar participants tweet out an original piece of art from Dec 1-24. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, beading, photography. If it’s art and it beautifies the timeline, you’ll see it.

History

I started Art Advent Calendar with a tweet in 2015 with the idea that things were somewhat dark and bleak and it would be nice to improve everyone’s Twitter timelines by posting and retweeting a bunch of art.

In 2015, over 20 Edmonton area artists participated and the hashtag had over a million impressions. In 2016, 66 artists from around the world participated with over 6 million impressions. In 2017, 200 artists from around the world participated with over 2300 original works of art posted and over 25 million impressions. In 2018 we had 257 artists and so many works posted, I never got around to counting them all. 2019 was similar with 272 artists and then in 2020 we had 484 participants from around the globe!

In the first 14 hours of the first day of 2020’s event we had almost 4.5 million impressions (and then the free tools I used to track such things hit the limit of what was free. If anyone has access to paid analytics tools for Twitter, please let me know.)

And trended #1

There are so many great reasons to participate both as an artist and and art lover

And even if you’ve never posted your art anywhere before, Art Advent Calendar is for you.

For Art Lovers

If you’re an art lover and would like to follow along, just visit THIS LINK  with your web browser or search for #artadventcalendar in your Twitter app. Twitter likes are great, but please consider retweeting as that helps promote artists and their work and also beautifies the timeline of your followers! And FOLLOW the artists! They post beautiful things 365 days a year. While I Retweet all posts, please be sure to follow the artists in the original post. I guarantee your timeline will be better year round.

The clickable list of 2021 participants can be found HERE

For Artists, Photographers & Makers

Between December 1 and December 24, tweet out a picture of an original piece of your own work. Those participating should also re-tweet the work of their fellow artists. All tweets should use the hashtag #ArtAdventCalendar That’s it! No registration. No fees. Just post.

Note that this isn’t a “create a new piece of art each day” event like Inktober. Unless you want it to be. You can post old work, new work, sold work…pretty much anything you want.

Almost all artists struggle finding an audience for their work. Social media, and specifically Twitter can play a huge role in building a following and even driving sales. As the holiday season arrives, Art Advent Calendar can help build your following, increase your profile in the general community and maybe even lead to some sales.

Guidelines

  • Art can be anything. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, beading, photography. If you think it’s art and it beautifies the timeline then post it.
  • You don’t need to be a “professional” artist, whatever that means. You don’t need to have sold art, been in a gallery or anything. If you make art at any experience level and want to show it off and make others happy, this is the event. You might be surprised at the feedback.
  • Art must be original and it must be yours or from a family member… with permission. (except for retweeting of course)
  • Art does NOT have to be seasonal. It can be pretty much any subject, but please keep it family friendly-ish
  • While it’s great if a sale comes from this, please do not post prices or use BUY NOW kinds of tweets. We are bombarded with hard sell at this time of year and that’s not what this is about. This is not meant to be a sales pitch. However last year I know of at least 10 artists who sold work. You can post links to your website if you like.
  • Please RT and follow participating artists. This is both an exercise to build a following of art lovers and to build a supportive community of fellow artists. If you like someone else’s work, let them know!
  • As “organizer” I do my best to RT all art during the month but if I miss a post, please don’t take it as an insult or commentary on your work. There are -a lot- of posts and I may miss a few. Note that I won’t RT posts that contain prices or buy now content.
  • While this originates in Edmonton, artists can participate from anywhere. Here in Edmonton, we use the hashtag #yeg (our airport code) and #yegarts to localize our tweets. Using these greatly enhances the reach of your posts and I recommend using them. Feel free to use whatever localization hashtags your area uses. If there isn’t one, start your own. Maybe it will catch on!
  • Post on Twitter daily with the hashtag #ArtAdventCalendar There is no specified time to post. It’s a world wide event so time you post isn’t that important.
  • Don’t worry if you miss a day or two. Post even if you only have 1 thing to show off that makes the timeline brighter.
  • While the event dates are the 1st to the 24th, feel free to continue to post until the end of the month if you like. Quite a few did last year.
  • Please think about taking the time to add ALT text to your images. I’m terrible about this but am going to try to do better this year.

Most importantly? it’s CalendAR not Calender