Connect with Buffs if you love creativity, arts and crafts | Student Affairs Division
Do you want to enter a creative space but you don’t know how? You might have been a DIY guru for a while. Whatever your background, there are ways to let your creativity shine this semester. From painting classes to craft parties, there are plenty of ways to connect with others if you like to be creative.
Create your own DIY
If one of your goals is to be more creative this semester, DIY Nights are the perfect opportunity to make it a reality. DIY Nights give you the chance to chat with other enthusiasts while bringing out your creative side in a variety of craft projects. It’s a great time to relax and learn a new skill. From making your own door hangers, mini terrariums, picture holders and more, there’s always something new to do.
You can also consider attending guided painting classes where you learn how to paint a picture you’ll be proud to show off to your friends. It can be a good time to take a break from your classes and clear your mind. Use your new painting as a decorative piece for your bedroom or gift it to a loved one.
Appreciate art on campus
Believe it or not, there are a variety of ways to appreciate art right here on campus. For example, the Visual Arts Complex houses the CU Art Museum and the Department of Art and Art History. Here you will find museum galleries and a collection of over 8,500 objects. The resort has studios, community workshop spaces, and an auditorium that can be a great cultural getaway to learn something new.
If you find yourself at UMC, look around and appreciate the artwork hanging on the walls. The Student Arts program showcases and displays a wide variety of original artwork created by your fellow enthusiasts. This work of art is displayed throughout the building for all to admire. You will also find additional pieces from the student arts program in the Recreation Center. The deadline for submitting works for this year is February 11, and cash prizes are available for the top-ranked works.
Another way to appreciate the past is to go to the Heritage Center in Old Main to learn about the stories of CU Boulder’s extraordinary history over the past 150 years. You can admire their collection of photographs, books, artifacts, textiles, yearbooks, albums, sports memorabilia and more.
Connect and find what you like
There are programs and opportunities on campus for you to meet others who have similar interests to yours. You can start by visiting CU Boulder’s student club portal, BuffConnect. With over 500 student organizations, BuffConnect lets you search for organizations by category or alphabetically. Try searching for “Art, Music, Performance” or “Social” as a starting point to find a club that matches your interests.
You can also visit the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) office to meet the staff and help you find ways to discover new interests and skills. CSI also hosts a series of programs and events with activities that are undoubtedly a good time. Whether you want to try something new, meet new people, or have a good time, this is a great resource.
Attending events is your chance to meet people who share your interests in the creative world. Be on the lookout for activities you can participate in to make the most of your free time!
Try things on your own
If you want to explore alone or with a friend, here are some suggestions of things you can try to get creative.
- Get together with a friend to make DIY gifts.
- Learn how to knit or crochet your own scarf for the winter season.
- Watch a YouTube tutorial on painting with acrylics or watercolors.
- Google how to make your own candles, bath bombs or other relaxation essentials.
- Grab your camera, pick a place to visit, and create a photo collage of your adventures.
- Create your own bookmarks using the materials you have.
- Write a haiku or take an introductory creative writing course.
- Make handmade items for a cause.
- Grab a friend or two, visit a museum together and talk about your favorite paintings.
For more tips and resources to get involved, visit the Student Affairs website, check out Student Events and be sure to follow us on social media @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!