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Art Apps for Every Age

25 Mar

On Sarah's iPadThere are many painting and drawing Apps available for iPads and iPhones, and it is a must to have at least one of these on your device as they can be used in so many ways.  The trick is working out which to get.  Some are free, some are paid, some have very basic features and some have lots of bells and whistles.  In addition to some great apps for children, there are a couple of great Art Apps for the more serious artist.

Features I like to see in a painting and drawing App

  • Easy colour selection.  It is much easier for children to tap on a coloured square than it is to choose from a spectrum.
  • A variety of simple painting tools, such as pencil, spray, or wedge.
  • Variable brush size for thick and thin painting.
  • Erasing tools for small sections or the whole page.
  • Shape tools to draw both filled and unfilled shapes.  A circle/oval and square/rectangle tools are usually the minimum, however some Apps offer stars, triangles and other  shapes.
  • Stickers or stamps are not a must have, but they make the App more versatile.
  • Moving tool – to move elements on the picture from one space to another.
  • Background options including different colours, scenes, textures, patterns and even the ability to add photos.
  • Photos can be added as backgrounds or items.
  • Text tools.  Even the most basic text tools can turn a painting program into a story publishing program.
  • Save and share tools.
  • Sound tools including sound effects on stamps, background sound effects and voice recording.

The more of these tools the App has, the more versatile it will be.  At the same time, more features can also make an App more complex to use, so it can be a fine line. In a future post I’m going to talk a bit more about why these features are useful and how they can be used in activities across subject areas. Continue reading

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