Shared Ink Drawing Inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are”

By Paula Briggs

This resource forms part of a series which enable primary-aged children to explore drawing and making inspired by Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”. See all the resources in this series here.

In this session (the 2nd in the series), children experience working together to create a shared drawing, working with pens, ink and quills. They use the mark making techniques they began to explore in the previous session.

Making a shared drawing

You Will Need:

  • Black ink in pots
  • Feathers cut as quills
  • Sharpie pens
  • Black handwriting pens
  • Pencils
  • Roll of paper (we used wall paper lining paper)
  • Images from “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Time: 1 hr


  • The experience of making a shared drawing.
  • The opportunity of developing mark making skills and putting them into the context of an imaginary landscape drawing.
  • An exploration of concepts related to landscape drawing, e.g. foreground, background, horizon, perspective.
  • Appreciation and understanding of why the artist Maurice Sendak used the types of marks he did to build mood and create atmosphere.
  • The creation of a line drawing which can be used as the basis for further artwork.

Drawing with inks and quills

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Year 1, Ruth at Carden Primary School, Brighton
Year 1, Ruth at Carden Primary School, Brighton
Year 1, Ruth at Carden Primary School, Brighton