A few years back I heard about Inktober from my colleague Matthew Winner, and decided to participating in the event this year with my students as part of my STEAM Makerspace.
From the Inktober website, “What is Inktober? It’s an art challenge started by Jake Parker, one of the founders of SVSLearn. Every year, artists all over the world take on the challenge of making an ink drawing every day for the entire month of October. That’s 31 drawings in 31 days! The goal is to improve your drawing skills and develop positive drawing habits.”
Jake Parker is the talented author and/or illustrator of several children’s books, including The 12 Sleighs of Christmas, Little Bot and Sparrow, The Little Snowplow, Who’s the Grossest of Them All? , The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair, Apples A to Z, and The Tooth Fairy Wars. His graphic novels include The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, SkyHeart, Missile Mouse series, The Antler Boy and Other Stories, Rocket Raccoon, SkullChaser, and Lord Balderben and the Infinicorn of Destiny. He also published art books entitled Jake Parker Drawings, Drawings II, and Drawings III.
I started by creating a large calendar using one of my hallway bulletin boards, and using Post-it® Notes, invited Flower Hill staff and students to participate. Since we are an elementary school, I didn’t want them to post on social media, but rather to enjoy each other’s creativity as they walked down the media center hallway! Post-it® Notes served this purpose perfectly!