What do you see in an inkblot and what artistic creations could you make with one? I found Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity to be very helpful in inspiring me and leading me to know just what to do! With lots of inkblot examples throughout and several ways to use inkblots with any age, it proved to be a one stop resource for my homeschool art program, not a boring dull book to read, but one full of life and imagination. It was a book to delight child and parent!
I used it for several of my art classes and since it was a library book, I had to keep checking it out because I just wasn’t done with it yet! It is certainly a book that is worth the purchase if you spend any time at all on art in your homeschool or classroom.
What you will find inside Inkblot by Margaret Peot.
Inside the pages of this very complete book you’ll find a materials lists, ways to use inkblot art, tracing techniques, how to color and draw into inkblots and the various techniques for making different types of inkblots to include:
- single-fold inkblots
- colored inkblots
- circular inkblots
- long and thin inkblots
- multi-fold inkblots- two and four
- pouring ink and blown-ink techniques
I was also very impressed because this book would certainly fit into the living book category, because all through her discussion of inkblots she weaves in a little history, culture, and science through the lives, quotes and contributions of interesting people as they relate to inkblots. She mentions people such as: Leonardo da Vinci, Hermann Rorchach (creator of inkblot test in psychoanalysis), Victor Hugo, Stefan G. Bucher (www.dailymoster.com), Justinus Kerner (inkblot poet), and Cecil Henland (children’s book author). You could also weave in a math lesson on symmetry!
How Inkblot by Margaret Peot aided me in teaching my homeschool art classes.
I used Margaret Peot’s book to teach a Leonardo da Vinci lesson. Yes, you heard that right. I just loved the quote from him in the front of the book. It got me thinking about how inventive our minds are. I wanted to draw the correlation for my son and the other students between da Vinci’s inventions and art, and the idea of seeing things in these inkblots. The chapter from the book on How to Look, How to See was especially helpful. Then I challenged them to “invent” their own inkblot art.
I’d like to show you the work my students created:
~ By Stephanie, Harrington Harmonies