Category Archives: Fine Arts
A description from the app itself: “The MoMA Art Lab app explores how artists use shape and line in art through creative explorations of the Museum collection, interactive learning activities, and prompts for creativity. Using the Art Lab at home or in the Museum, children, artists, and designers can find inspiration and new ways of connecting with MoMA’s collection.”
Of course students are easily able to use shapes, colors, and other tools to create a masterpiece. However, the app also comes with a bank of ideas such as, “Design a house or building using shapes. Can you create a whole city?” Another is, “Draw for ten seconds without lifting your finger. Color in any shapes that were created.” Little learners can even press the speaker button to have the idea (and the activities listed below) read to them!
Nine activities are also included within the app. Each is based on the work of a MoMA artist.
- Create a mobile (Alexander Calder)
- Experiment with paint (Arshile Gorky)
- Draw from instructions (Sol LeWitt)
- Create a sound composition (Elizabeth Murray)
- Create a chance collage (Jean (Hans) Arp)
- Draw with scissors (Henri Matisse)
- Create a line design (Jim Lambie)
- Create an “exquisite corpse” (Breton, Morise, Tanguy, Naville, Peret, Tanguy, Prevert)
- Create a shape poem (Brice Marden)
Once a piece of artwork is complete, your child must use the camera tool to take a picture of it and then it will be stored in the included gallery. From there, artwork can be saved to the device’s photo album, sent to MoMA, or shared with others via email or Twitter. Note: These sharing options must be enabled via the tablet’s main setting menu.
This app pulls photographs from the device’s library (Camera Roll on an Apple device) and places a soft filter over them. The filter mimics the one used in the iconic Hope poster from President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Photographs can be moved, scaled, and rotated. After importing a photograph, students can choose from one of 9 filters (each black with one additional color). They can then add a word or short message that appears at the bottom of the poster. Most students can create attractive posters in Easy mode. But there is also an Expert mode that allows for adjustments in three tonal regions – shadows, midtones, and highlights. Completed posters can be saved to the device’s library and shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter (as poster or avatar).
Editing and enhancing photographs taken on or imported onto an iPad is quite simple with this app! After selecting a photograph from the Camera Roll, basic tools appear across the top of the screen and more complex functions and tools (the app refers to this section as the ‘Filter Menu’) appear down the side.
Basic Tools and Menus – Undo, Redo, Reset, Select Area, Save to Clipboard, Properties, Save, Upload (to email, Twitter, Picasa, or Facebook), Settings, Help
Filter Menu Categories
- RGB (red, green, blue) balance
- Contrast Brightness
- Tint Blue
- Tint Red
- Tint Green
- Color Splash
- Oil Paint
- Gray scale
- Night Vision
- Thinking of You
- Easter Eggs
- Rotate Left
- Rotate Right
- Mirror Vertically
- Mirror Horizontally
- Text (With the ability to change the back color, font color, and font style.)
- Cinema Vertically
- Cinema Horizontally
Preview the app by downloading the free ‘lite’ version first! It includes the options in bold above. It does not come with the ability to add text. Also, ads run across the bottom.
A Christmas edition also exists!
There are several drawing apps available for students. This one has a place in the market because it features 36 objects to draw that are simultaneously unique, yet familiar – such as a strawberry, hot dog, and a piece of cake!
After selecting an object, the student can turn ‘Trace Mode’ on or off. When on, the final object appears as a watermark on the screen. The student can still follow the steps (around 7) to draw each object. Of course the app is more challenging when trace mode is off. All of the tools (pencil, eraser, paint, etc.) needed for each step automatically appear on the screen. But all tools also remain easily accessible throughout the steps. The background ‘paper’ for each drawing can also be changed.
What this app lacks in academic content, it makes up for in creativity! It is a fun and simple app and can serve as a welcome break from more rigorous work. To begin, students draw a stick man. He (or she) can be as simple or as complex as they’d like. From there, the app acts out an adventure and occasionally pauses to have students draw props for the stick figure and other additions to the scene.
There are no points to be earned and no levels to pass. The app just provides a simple way to express creativity and imagination!
This apps walks students step-by-step through the process of drawing many different animals. Students use a finger or stylus to trace the lines for each step. Mistakes can easily be erased and they have access to the ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ tools. The traceable lines can be removed and students can then color the animal and add more details. Backgrounds and stickers can also be easily added. Drawings can be saved to the app’s Drawing Book or to the device’s Camera Roll. They can also be emailed or printed. It also comes with two blank pages for free drawing.
Animals: bear, beaver, camel, cat, cow, crab, crocodile, dog, dolphin, donkey, duck, elephant, fish, frog, giraffe, hippo, horse, jellyfish, kangaroo, koala, lion, monkey, mouse, owl, panda, parrot, penguin, pig, porcupine, rabbit, rhinoceros, rooster, shark, sheep, skunk, snake, tiger, tortoise, toucan, whale