History and Culture Inktober alternative Prompts for October 2020

Use these and Culture Inktober alternative prompts to explore the past and celebrate the diversity of the present and the wonder of culture and industry. They are great for exploring the splendour and marvels the past has to offer, as well as using art to discuss, interrogate and challenge the events of the present.

The prompts have been divided into several sub-categories and you’ll find an explanation of each sub-category before the board.

To view the prompts please visit the Pinterest board and follow the link to the original prompt creator. Always remember to link back to them as credit.

What is an art prompt?

An art prompt is quite literally a list of words/phrases that offer artists a challenge or a guide for their work. Some prompts follow a theme while others are completely random. Some prompts will have additional instructions, such as Inktober, which was originally intended as an only challenge before growing into something much larger (see below). There are art challenges throughout the year and some other well-known examples are; Mermay (Mermaids challenge in May), Huevember (Colour challenge in November) and Drawcember ( in December).

What is Inktober?

Inktober is an art prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general, the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it!

is as much a part of culture as it is life, and here you’ll find prompts for all types of cuisine. Click here to view the board.

History & Culture

From Ancient Rome to modern Japan, these prompts celebrate the diversity and wonders of the world from past to present. Click here to view the board.


Let music inspire your Inktober this year with prompts that cover everything from musicals to K-Pop. Click here to view the board.


In juxtaposition to the past comes the future; explore the marvels of technology with these prompts. Click here to view the board.

Suggest a Prompt

If you have a and Culture Inktober alternative prompt for 2020 please let me know by leaving me your link in a comment so I can add it to my list.

Please note: As always I will be doing my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in.

If I accidentally include a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige. You can leave me a comment here, use this contact form or find me on social media as justgeekingby (see the sidebar for links).

Over to You

Thank you for viewing the and Culture Inktober alternative prompts! I hope you enjoyed browsing these prompts as much as I did. I’m always fascinated with the creativity that goes into the prompts just as much as the art they inspire.

Did any of these prompts inspire you to get creative? Or if you’re not an artist yourself have you found one to follow?

History and Culture Inktober alternative Prompts for October 2020: Celebrate the wonders and diversity of the past and present, and the splendour of culture with these History and Culture Inktober alternative Prompts for 2020.

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