Shake the Muse

Looking for inspiration? The Muse is there for you with 20 Billion Ways to Make Art...

Shake your phone/tablet and the Muse stirs up the essential elements of 2D art – the ways artists play with texture, edges, color, form, etc – and suggests for you a particular combination of elements to inspire a new approach to art.

• Beautiful images of great works from throughout history offer examples of the elements of visual language.
• Teaching an art class? Throwing a party? Shake the Muse for a new creative challenge, and see how each person responds to the Muse in his or her own way.
• Delve into this comprehensive overview of art that points to new styles, either by chance or by choice.
• Within a coherent framework, you'll find diverse approaches to applying paint, indicating form, distorting form, and shifting your way of seeing.
• As you visualize and create new works based on combinations of elements suggested by the Muse, you’ll discover the expansiveness of the potential approaches available to artists.

See what the Muse sees – endless creative possibilities, a wide-open art world, and the artistic explosion of a generation exploring everything.

Go to the Starter page for a limited number of art elements to bring together in new work. On the Advanced page, the Muse will suggest a full array of elements for you – one of 20 billion possibilities – and will also suggest one of 8 ways to juxtapose/incorporate two distinct approaches in your work.

This app is supported by the Shake the Muse website, which offers descriptions and great examples of the elements... tap on any one of the art elements to see more on

Ready for inspiration? Shake the Muse!
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What's New

Available on Android 4.4 and up.
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Additional Information

Eligible for Family Library
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October 8, 2018
Current Version
Requires Android
4.4 and up
Content Rating
Everyone 10+
Offered By
Shake the Muse
612 S. 2nd St., Maquoketa, IA 52060
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