Inktober: An introduction to the wonderful world of art


When we think of October, we think of haunted houses, corn mazes, trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins. There are many things to do and there is one event that art lovers will enjoy. That is InkTober. InkTober is a worldwide event that was created by illustrator Jake Parker back in 2009. It happens every October and the rules are simple to follow: follow an online list of drawing prompts. All pieces must be created in ink and then posted on social media. The main reason why InkTober came about is to help people find their sense of balance and help them develop positive drawing habits.

“InkTober is a nice event to have because it gives everyone a chance to show and improve their skills,” said Round Lake High School Junior Miracle Davis. Davis believes that all students should have some way to express themselves artistically, especially with so few art classes being emphasized in the curriculum.

RLHS art teacher Mr. Collin Clarke says InkTober is a great way for students to set feasible goals for people interested in drawing, whether they’re just getting started or have been drawing for years. Clarke believes that students should walk away with a sense of accomplishment and growing respect for art, or any class they take. “There is no set definition for what art is, or can be,” Clarke said. “Art has no limits, which is why some of it is hard to understand or appreciate.”

InkTober can be a perfect opportunity for RLHS students to get creative and let their inhibitions go. Art is a wonderful stress reliever and helps bring communities together. For more information on InkTober, be sure to visit the website and see if you want to get in on the action.