I have had my Amazon Echo Dot for over a year now, and I am always surprised at how much that the Alexa voice assistant can do, including Amazon Alexa art skills. Recently, I received a post request to talk about how Amazon Alexa can help artists create artwork, and I was excited to test out some of my favorite skills with my artistic friends and see which skills I should recommend. Here are eight free Amazon Alexa art skills that show how Amazon Alexa can help you with art- both learning about and creating it.
Alexa, name a random color
Stuck on what color to use? Ask Alexa for a random color and she will give you one. I like that it isn’t something generic like blue or purple, rather something more specific like cobalt blue or lavender purple. Neutral colors like gray and brown are also included, and I have never had Alexa repeat the same color twice. This Amazon Alexa art skill is enabled by default.
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Alexa, open art lessons
Art Lessons delivers quick but informative lessons on art history, techniques, elements, and principles. The lessons are easy to follow, and the skill can be used by artists of all skill levels. I found the lessons on elements most useful, as I have taken a lot of classes related to design in college. Enable this Amazon Alexa art skill by saying “Alexa, enable art lessons.”
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Alexa, ask drawing prompts for something to draw
Almost all of my artist friends try to draw something every day, but it can be difficult to decide what to draw. Either someone has an overabundance of ideas, or no ideas at all, which can lead to artist’s block. This skill allows users to ask for a random drawing prompt, with different categories to choose from, such as creatures, scenarios, environments, situations and characters. Users can get prompts for a specific category by asking drawing prompts for an environment. Enable this Amazon Alexa art skill by saying “Alexa, enable drawing prompts.”
Alexa, ask Color Selection Assistant what color goes with blue
1 in 8 men and 1 in 200 women have some form of colorblindness. Color Selection Assistant will give users color combinations they can use so that they can avoid common color blind combinations. While this skill may be more for designers than it is for casual artists, it could really benefit a young artist who is drawing for a colorblind family member. Enable this Amazon Alexa art skill by saying “Alexa, enable color selection assistant.”
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Alexa, ask Artsy about Andy Warhol
Want to learn more about art history? Ask Artsy about an artist and listen to a bio about them in the context of art history. Artsy can also recommend local art events, but from what I can tell it only works for major cities. Users can also play the Artsy podcast and learn more about art in the past, present, and future. This skill would be great for preparing to go to an art museum or event. Enable this Amazon Alexa art skill by saying “Alexa, enable Artsy.”
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Alexa, name a random painting
For artists looking for inspiration, Alexa can give the name of a random painting, and display the painting name in the Alexa app. Right now, the Alexa app does not allow for the painting to be enlarged within the app, and it is just a small thumbnail. However, users can search the name of the painting in a search engine and get a high-resolution image that way. This Amazon Alexa art skill is enabled by default.
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Alexa, launch Young Picasso and play
Here’s a fun drawing game for a group of people. Users are told to draw random pieces of a character, one piece at a time, prompting Young Picasso for the next piece when ready. After drawing a complete character, users can compare their drawings with everyone else in the room. Examples of random pieces include a hairy ear, large nose, and big eyes. I feel like this skill would be really fun for an art class!
This Amazon Alexa art skill has to be enabled from a web browser or Alexa app, as permission is required to enable skills directed at kids.
Alexa, ask Coloring Pages to print a helicopter
This skill requires a bit more setting up, with access to a Google account with Cloud Print service and a printer. I recommend completing the set up in browser. After that, users can ask coloring pages to print animals, characters, and other objects, and it will print out a coloring page within a minute or two. Some users reported the app not understanding them correctly, but I never had this issue and was able to easily print off coloring pages of various complexities. Just don’t leave children unattended with this skill, unless you want to run out of paper quickly. Enable this Amazon Alexa art skill in a web browser or from the Alexa app.
I hope you enjoy these eight free Amazon Alexa art skills that show how Amazon Alexa can help you with art!