Category Archives: Fine Arts

MoMA Art Lab

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 10.25.28 AMThere are many art apps available and this is a decent option from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) due to its connection to the Museum and included activities.

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. 

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HOPE Poster Photo Filter

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.54.33 PMThis 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).

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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 1.35.50 PMI am a big fan of Brain Pop movies.  This app is geared towards students in grades Kindergarten – third.  Another version is available for older students.  Good ‘ole Moby (the robot) appears in all BrainPOP Jr. movies with his dear friend Annie.

This app does allow all students to watch one ‘free’ movie each week.  However, students with access to a subscription can log in to access part of or the entire collection of BrainPOP Jr. movies!  Bonus features (such as quizzes and activities) are included for each movie.

There are two different mobile-device based subscriptions.

  • Explorer – $1.99/month.  Provides access to the free ‘Movie of the Week’ and its bonus features plus 3 related movies (per week) and their bonus features
  • Full Access – $5.99/month.  Provides unlimited access to all movies and their bonus features

Note: Login credentials for the web-based BrainPOP sites also work on mobile devices via the BrainPOP apps.

Subjects and Categories

Science – animals, plants, habitats, conservation, land, matter, forces, energy, weather, space, science skills

Health – be well, be safe, relationships, be responsible, bodies, teeth, food, drugs

Reading & Writing – authors, reading skills, story elements, comprehension, phonics, word, sentence, communication, writing

Social Studies – American history, ancient history, biographies, holidays, communities, Native Americans, government, economics, citizenship, geography

Math – number sense, addition and subtraction, measurement, geometry, time, money, data and probability, fractions, multiplication and division

Arts & Technology – art, music, technology

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Easy Portfolio

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 4.10.51 PMDigital portfolios are still a fairly new concept in K – 12 education.  But apps like this make it easy to bring this new technology into classrooms at all grade levels.

After creating a new portfolio, it takes just a couple of taps to add records.  The records can be in the form of videos, images, audio files, notes, URLs, and documents.  The app easily retrieves records from DropBox or from the iPad itself.

Individual records or even the entire portfolio can be exported via DropBox or Google Drive.  The app links to tutorial videos and blog posts that help navigate the process of creating and maintaining portfolios.

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iPicEd for iPad

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 9.34.13 PMEditing 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

  1. Adjust
    1. RGB (red, green, blue) balance
    2. Contrast Brightness
    3. Gamma
  2. Colorize
    1. Saturation
    2. Equalize
    3. Normalize
    4. Solarize
    5. Tritone
    6. Tint Blue
    7. Tint Red
    8. Tint Green
    9. Color Splash
  3. Effects
    1. Pencil
    2. Erode
    3. Dilate
    4. Emboss
    5. Soften
    6. Jitter
    7. Posterize
    8. Oil Paint
    9. Sharpen
    10. Sepia
    11. Negative
    12. Gray scale
    13. Night Vision
    14. Pinhole
  4. Deform 
    1. Twirl
    2. Cylinder
    3. Pinch
    4. Punch
    5. Tile
    6. Square
  5. Frames
    1. Anniversary
    2. Friends
    3. Music
    4. Nature
    5. Photos
    6. Sleek
    7. Thinking of You
    8. Zebra
    9. Easter Eggs
    10. Decent
    11. Hearts
    12. Birds
  6. Overlays
    1. Balloons
    2. Birds
    3. Drops
    4. Cracks
    5. Flowers
    6. Insects
    7. Nature
    8. Moon
    9. Splash
    10. Crush
    11. Vintage
  7. Operations
    1. Rotate Left
    2. Rotate Right
    3. Mirror Vertically
    4. Mirror Horizontally
    5. Crop
  8. Text (With the ability to change the back color, font color, and font style.)
  9. Border
    1. Cinema Vertically
    2. Cinema Horizontally
    3. Rounded
    4. Invert
    5. Simple
    6. Strip

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!

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Draw It Easy

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.15.13 PMThere 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.

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Draw a Stickman

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.54.46 PMWhat 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!

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Book Creator

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 10.37.18 PMThis app allows users to effortlessly create anything from a simple to complex book.  After choosing from portrait, landscape, or square orientation, the process is unbelievably simple.  Begin by adding text.  You can choose from all fonts installed on the device.  Also change the font’s size and color; make some or all words italicized, bold, or underlined.  Photos (and videos) can be added from the device’s library or directly from the camera, then moved and resized as needed.  Finally, sound can be recorded from within the app or imported from elsewhere on the device.

Completed books can be opened in a variety of apps on the device – such as in iBooks.  But each can also be exported to iTunes or as a PDF (no audio/video capability with this option).

Use the free version to make one book before committing to the paid version.

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Educreations

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 7.07.46 AMThis is another interactive whiteboard type of app.  It is similar to Show Me and Screen Chomp.  But it is even more closely related to Explain Everything due to its ability to move through more than one slide (or page) during a single recording.  Students can also scroll on the same slide/page if they need more room.

After hitting the record button, everything that is said in close proximity to the device is recorded – along, of course, with everything that is done on the screen.  Students have a choice of 10 ink colors – black, blue, red, green, purple, white, gray, brown, orange, and yellow.  The eraser and undo tools are also readily available.  Text can also be added.  It is quite simple to add an image to a slide/page.  Students can take a picture from the device’s camera or import one from the Camera Roll, DropBox, or the Internet.  Once imported, images can be moved, rotated, and resized.

Sharing is easily done by email, Facebook, or Twitter.  Students can access ‘Featured Lessons’ created by other users from within the app.  The Featured Lessons are grouped into the following categories: Computer Technology, Creative Arts, Health/P.E., Language Arts, Mathematics, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Vocational Studies, World Languages, and Other.

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iLuv Drawing Animals

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 8.32.45 PMThis 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

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