How to do Inktober in School


Is it too difficult to do Inktober in school?  After all, can we really ask our students to draw every day for 31 days?  And how can art teachers do it in the age of Corona? I find Inktober so appealing, that I wanted to find a way to do it with my students.  Asking for a drawing every day in October is too much.  It’s going to be my art club this year, and here’s my plan.

I’m going to start this as soon as we go back in the Autumn.  I’m not waiting for October. I’ll explain what Inktober is and tell students that over the month of October I’ll be sharing their best drawings on social media with the hashtag #Inktober.  That will be a reward for good work.  Of course, I’ll be as inclusive as I can.

I’m going to give each student 31 pieces of 9cm square drawing paper in a plastic sleeve.  I will prepare them well in advance so that students can help themselves without the fear of catching corona from me.  Also, as it’s a club, I’m going to give them a fine liner pen.  Yes, that’s extravagant but I always feel a club should be something special.  You could alternatively ask them to use their own pen.  Once they have paper and a pen, they won’t have to share any materials.  Basically, it’s a simple drawing clude that allows students to be really creative.

I shall share the prompts below with them and explain that they will complete a drawing for each one but they don’t have to do them in order.  I’m going to insist on black and white, but that’s up to you.  I will then show them the images in this blog post for inspiration.

This Year Prompts for Inktober 2020

Inktober in School is Possible!

Inktober Examples

Martinez Rupple responded to the prompts ‘Overgrown’ and ‘Pattern’ in these two ink artworks.  What great use of cross-hatching.

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Click here to see more art by Martinez Rupple on Twitter

The prompt for the image below, by illustrator Nicole, was ‘wildlife’.

Click here to see more work by illustrator Nicole on Twitter.

The prompt for the image below was ‘Wave’.

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Click here to see more of Doodleebee’s work on Instagram.

The prompt for the drawing below was ‘Flight’. It’s interesting to see how different artists have interpreted different words.

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Click here to see more work by Northeast_Waali on Twitter.

These beautiful ink flowers have been drawn by a past student of mine, Viola.  They are a wonderful example of how intricate an ink line drawing can be.

inktober in school
Click here to see more of Viola’s beautiful work on Instagram.

You can incorporate the prompt word into your ink artwork as artist Erika Lancaster has done below.

To see more examples by Erika Lancaster, click here.

The drawings below only took 10 minutes each and the artist, Hari Conner, drew around his phone to get the shape to draw within. Fab idea!

Click here to see more work by Hari Conner on Twitter.

I have asked permission from each artist to share their images in this post.  Please respect their copyright.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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  1. Hi Sarah , I love your work and ideas. You have been a true inspiration through lock down . Thank you. I teach elementary school art in Italy, I love your idea of Inktober activities but wondered if you could point me to some simple examples to show my students. Your high school ones are amazing but they will be too overwhelming for my younger students .
    Any ideas much appreciated, Thanks, Katy

    • Hi Katy, Thanks for your kind feedback. Elementary isn’t my area of expertise. The inktober prompts are so broad, I’m wondering if some of the children’s picture books that I’m sure you already own would have some inspiring illustrations in them? Sarah


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