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Inktober comes to North Tama

October 12, 2018
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Students at North Tama this month can get their spooky and creative side on at once as they take part in Inktober, an international art challenge that allows artists to submit ink drawings each day of October.

"Sonja Toulouse suggested this national challenge known as Inktober which includes the challenge of 31 drawings in 31 days all centered around spooky prompts," Danica Minard, the North Tama Art Instructor said. "Once I looked over the information I met with my Art Club members to see if it was something they were interested in doing. We discussed the idea that not all secondary students get to have art in their daily schedules, which is unfortunate and this year we wanted to increase creativity throughout the secondary for all students and not just those in an art classes."

Inktober runs an official prompt list for ink drawings on their website,, where official rules and other resources are available. The rules require the drawing to be made in ink, but pencil can be used for an under-drawing. Social media users are encouraged to post online with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2018 and can post one drawing a day. Whether it be on Twitter or on a fridge, the website encourages putting the ink drawing out for people to see.

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The Art Club promotes and sponsors Inktober for the school. According to Minard, many students in junior high and high school have already turned in drawings each day so far in the month. Many are also unable to enroll in art classes this semester, so the challenge has provided an outlet to participate in an art activity. Drawings are hung up on boards in the school cafeteria for all to see, with the drawing prompts also listed on the board as well.

"Students are completing the prompts in their sketchbook as they have time, either way we have an overwhelming amount of students participating in many ways," Minard said.

At the end of the month, the Art Club will be judging the pieces in four categories: Most Interesting Drawing, Most Creative, Most Skilled and anyone who completed all 31 drawing challenges will also receive a prize. The Traer Star-Clipper will also include photos in the paper of the art work throughout the month. Photo published are not endorsements for judging but simply ones selected at random by the Editor.



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