Inspired by our regular Sunday Family Arts (SFA) program, The Reach invites you to join us for a live art making session with instructor Austin Kwidzinski. Follow step-by-step instructions to turn your weird and wonderful inkblot shapes, like those in the Rorschach test, into fantastical characters!

The session was streamed through Facebook Live on Friday, May 8 at 1:30pm. Watch it here.

This 15 minute session is for all ages and is most fun working in pairs or groups. Young children should work together with adults or older children.

Activity example courtesy Austin Kwidzinski.


Ten famous inkblots were created in 1921 by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach and are known as the Rorschach inkblot test. Rorschach was fascinated by the fact that people looking at the same blot of ink could see completely different figures (e.g., a bat, butterfly, or moth). In preparation for the activity, learn more about the inkblot test by checking out this short video:

Image: Hermann Rorschach. What do you see? Some people see a bat, butterfly, or a moth.


We’ve designed this activity with materials that you probably already have around your house. If you plan on purchasing materials in advance, some art and craft stores offer curbside pickup for items (e.g., House of Fine Arts or Michaels in Abbotsford).


Materials needed per participant:

  1. A jar of water to clean your brushes
  2. An old rag or paper towel to dry your brush
  3. Thick paper like mixed media paper (8.5”x11” is a good size)
  4. Thick paint brushes
  5. Black acrylic paint or ink (ink is shown in activity example, but is not required)
  6. Colour pastel (optional)
  7. White pencil/pencil crayon
  8. Fine-tip Sharpie / think black pen

Instructions for setting up your at-home art making station before the class begins:

  1. Cover any surfaces you don’t want to get paint on and consider wearing an apron to protect your clothes from black paint/ink.
  2. Set out your paper and materials.
  3. Place your computer/phone in front of your workstation so you can follow along as Austin teaches the class.
  4. Tune into Facebook Live on May 8 at 1:30 pm, by visiting For instructions on how to watch Facebook Live Videos, click here: Once the event is over, you can find the video on our YouTube page.

Share your creation with your social media following. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@thereachgallery) and Twitter (@TheReach) and use the hashtag #TheReachAtHome.

Thanks to the generosity of the Prospera Credit Union we are able to offer this program for free!



If you use this free resource with your students at school / at home, we’d love to hear from you! Send an email to Diana Hiebert (Curator of Learning and Community Engagement at The Reach) at, with your comments including the number and age range of participants. This statistical information is important to us as a not-for-profit organization and will allow us to continue offering this kind of content.