To foster community through art even as we stay home, we are doing a fun challenge that is open for all to participate. Share your drawings for a chance to be our artist of the week and win a prize!

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July 2020

Submit your drawing by July 19!

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Draw your superhero!

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Draw your superhero!

How to participate:

  1. Create a drawing using each week's prompt as your inspiration. Use any drawing medium you like—pencil, ink, colored chalk, etc. It must be your own creation!
  2. Share a photo of your drawing by tagging @rymanarts on Instagram and using #RymanArtsChallenge or email a photo of your artwork to info(at)ryman.org with subject "Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge."
  3. Complete and share your drawing by Sunday, July 19, 11:59 PM (PDT) for a chance to be selected as our winner for the challenge.
  4. Look for our emails each month for new prompts.
  5. Help us spread the word by doing this activity with family and friends.


See the amazing artwork that has been created during this challenge:


Past Challenges & Winners

No. 10: Create a drawing inspired by what is happening outside your window.

Artist: Claire van Beek

Judge: Fri Forjindam, Ryman Arts Board Member and Creative Development Officer at mycotoo

"Tonal art is deceptive in how much you're forced to rely on light, shadow and expression. Every line, every angle, even bit of negative space - all of a sudden take on a whole other meaning. While I don't claim to be an expert on art technique...I do know expression when I see AND feel it. That splashing puppy with a wagging tongue, pouncing into a bucket of happiness (in times of quarantine) is ALL OF US! Simple, well communicated and a timely!"

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Claire van Beek; Dogs splashing water in kiddie pool

No. 09: Draw an object, place, idea, or person from a different perspective.

Artist: Emily Garcia

Judge: Don Morin, Ryman Arts Board Member and Founder of Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

"I chose this piece as the winner of this week as the art depicts current events as well as poses questions, concerns, thought, togetherness, hope and deep meaning. From the mountain of represented people in the background to the kneeling to the thought provoking signs, to the holding of hands… This art is from the heart and touches the heart for today and the future… Beautiful." 

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Emily Garcia; Youth at Black lives matter protest

No. 08: Art can heal in times of difficulty. Draw your vision of a better world.

Artist: Lindzenator

Judge: Monica Leigh Rodriquez, Ryman Arts Board Member and Founder and Creative Director of Monica Leigh Atelier.

"This is a stimulating, intriguing, and very artistic image. The composition and detail are well balanced. Even without reading the text, the feeling of well being comes through leaving one with a bit of happiness. Peaceful contentedness, what we are searching for!" 

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Lindzenator; Vision of a better world

My vision for a better world is one where every human understands that we hold the power to create our own realities. We house the same #energy inside us that created the stars and the #universe and together WE ARE POWERFUL. So even in the midst of #violence and #riots I encourage you to look inward at what you can change within yourself...Because true lasting change has to start within.

No. 07: Draw your dream dinner.

Artist: Samuel Penn

Judge: Adrianna Arambula, Ryman Arts Board Representative, Creative Director at Justice Design Group, LLC, and Ryman Arts alumna (class of 2005)

"I really think that he channeled the "Dream Dinner" and his drawing looks delicious! You can see that he has all of his favorites accounted for and that's what a dream dinner is all about. I wanted to pick the Pretzel up off the page." 

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Samuel Penn; Dream dinner

No. 06: Create a recipe for "happiness soup"

Artist: April Hernandez

Judge: David A. Price, Ryman Arts Board Vice President and President & Founder of Price Leisure Group, Inc. 

"The artist uses chopsticks to rescue a Bowl of Cats, illustrating a complexity that is thought provoking, humorous and delightful." 

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by April Hernandez; Happiness soup of cats

No. 05: Draw a scene from your favorite book.

Artist: Emily Garcia

Judge: Michelle Lund, Ryman Arts Board Secretary and President of Sharon D. Lund Foundation

"I can feel Alice’s sorrow and defeat. I can hear Alice say 'well how am I getting out of this?' This picture has a lot of realism and the colors are beautiful."

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Emily Garcia; Alice in Wonderland

No. 04: Draw a hybrid monster made up of parts from 3 or more animals.

Artist: Eugenia Sangiovanni

Judge: Wayne Hunt, former Ryman Arts Board President and Founder of Hunt Design

"This week’s drawings were so inventive and technically great that I had to consider other criteria. Without a mean monster among them, I looked for humor, personality and even a bit of narrative. My (difficult) choice: Eugenia Sangiovanni’s charming horned toad-lemur-fish, relaxing in a rocking chair with a pipe while sheltering in place at home."

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Eugenia Sangiovanni; Hybrid monster, horned toad-lemur-fish, smoking a pipe

No. 03: Artist and Disney Legend Herbert D. Ryman created the original concept drawing for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Draw your dream castle.

Artist: Gabi Osmers

Judge: Tom Morris, retired Disney Imagineer

"[This piece] looks imaginative and welcoming...it seems like a place where creative things are happening that can be explored for a day of fun!"

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Gabi Osmers; Dream castle


No. 02: Draw a scene that looks different for you now.

Artist: @milk_mintt

Judge: Kathy Mangum, former Ryman Arts Board Member and retired Disney Imagineer

"In so many ways, the assignment of showing what is different also resulted in expressing what has been lost, from a missed graduation to no longer having the freedom to leave our houses whenever we want. However, sometimes that loss brings beautiful change as our environment is reacting to reduced human impact as we all stay home. Less traffic means less pollution which means clearer skies. Therefore, I chose [this artwork] as this week’s winner. I think it’s starkly beautiful. It also expresses an ability to appreciate and celebrate what has changed in our lives, even as we eagerly await things returning to normal again."

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by milk_mintt; Girl walking down dark street


No. 01: What makes you smile? Draw something from your daily life that brings you joy.

Artist: Alejandra Martinez

Judge: Robin Kalota, former Ryman Arts Board Member and Founder of Plan Art, LLC

"I chose [this piece] for several reasons. First, there is complexity to her piece as evidenced by her ability to portray both the lush colors of the landscape outside, the outdoor world, and reveal the indoor world via her reflection in the window. There was a quietude to her picture, a sense of calmness and pensiveness that emanated out of the work. Third, it achieved the objective of showing a simple daily joy."

Ryman Arts Drawing Challenge: Artwork by Alejandra Martinez; Colored pencil drawing of girl sipping coffee with colorful sky background