Downloadable Art Prompts

In each edition of Flight, we commission an illustrator to create a prompt. We've always kept this open ended - the prompt simply needed to be something semi-abstract and unfinished. These became our Drift Prompts, designed to challenge you to create a new artwork with a given starting point. Here we're sharing a couple from our previous volumes! 

You can draw, scribble, sketch, print, ink, watercolour, paint, collage, cut, stick, colour, stitch, or anything you like! We recommend printing these prompts on cardstock or watercolour paper, if you can find some.

You are welcome to share and reproduce these prompts for classroom and personal use. Simply click on each image to take you to the free downloadable product.

Volume One: Kelly Canby - Line Drift

Kelly Canby is an award-winning, internationally published, illustrator and author of over two dozen books for children. Kelly was born in London, England, but has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and it was probably only a few years after that that she decided playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

Line Drift

Volume Two: Tannya Harricks - Colour Drift

Tannya has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand and Florence and has been awarded the Waverley Art Prize (2013), Hornsby Art Prize (2012) and highly commended at the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, S.A (2013). 

Colour Drift

Volume Three: Michael Speechley - Collage Drift

Michael Speechley has been a graphic designer and high school art teacher in WA. His first picture book, The All New Must Have Orange 430, explores themes of consumerism and the environment. It was shortlisted and awarded as an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2019, and was the winner of The Wilderness Society’s 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Picture Books.

Collage Drift


Please note these prompts may not be shared or reproduced, in part or in whole, for commercial use. Each prompt artwork remains copyright of the artist who produced it.

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