Inkblot Art - Inspired by the Rorschach inkblot test, students will create their own inkblot artwork and use their creativity to decide what it is.

Inkblot Art 30 minutes
An Activity for School-Age Children

  • To creatively explore abstract art and images
  • To create a defined object out of an abstract image
  • To explore symmetry and mirror images

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: construction paper, paint and any desired embellishments such as wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners and feathers.

Let's Begin:

Fold a piece of construction paper in half either vertically or horizontally.
On one half of the paper, randomly place dots of paint of various colors and sizes. Don’t make the dots too large to keep paint from escaping from the paper.
With the paper on a table, fold the blank half on top of the painted half. Press gently but firmly so the paint spreads evenly on both halves.
Open the folded paper to reveal the inkblot artwork. Explore the design and try to determine what actual object the abstract image resembles.
Based on what you see in the abstract design, use craft materials to embellish the artwork and create a more defined object.

When everyone's art is complete, display them for the entire class to see. Encourage discussion amongst the students. Does everyone see the same thing that the artist saw? Do they see something different?

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