The Plinkerflott was inspired by Edward Gorey's delightful little book, The Utter Zoo Alphabet . Gorey designed the Broadway set for the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula, and his Goth, morosely humorous pen and ink images earned him a huge following.
One of my favorite art lessons (aren't they all my favorites?) sprang from this book. For the lesson, I ditch the macabre and keep the funny. Using chalk pastels, students make a big abstract mark on the page, as simple or complex as they like, practice their blending skills to manipulate its shape and color, then add features (eyes, ears, horns, wings, claws, wheels, slingshots....), to create a character. Finally, they write a few words to develop the character even further. Then we have a blast sharing them at the end of class!