A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 6.7
Brushes 3: A Best App for Art Teachers
Summary : Paint without the mess!
Brushes 3 allows users to create impressive pieces of art with the swipe of a finger. In the workspace, users can select from a variety of different paint brushes to achieve unique effects. Once a brush is selected, users can change the brush’s color, transparency, and pixel width. Users can also erase, mix colors, desaturate, invert color, change color balance, adjust hue/saturation, or flip and transform their artwork. Layers can be added to create complex pieces of art, and pictures can be imported from users’ picture galleries to be incorporated into the art. Finished pieces can be added to the user’s iPad photos, posted on Facebook, tweeted, or emailed. All artwork is saved to the in-app gallery, where it can be added to Dropbox, modified, or viewed as a time-lapse movie.
- Students can use this app to keep a daily artwork journal. Students can share their progress or favorite piece at the end of each week. Students can share their artwork by emailing it to the teacher for collection or by tweeting their artwork at a predetermined classroom hashtag. Additionally, students can compose a short piece of writing explaining a specific aspect of their work (e.g., their color choices, the intended effect of the artwork on the viewer, or the inspiration behind the work).
- Instruct students to create paintings using this app in the same style as an artist studied in class. For example, students can view a Paint-by-Numbers episode and create a piece of art modeled after the painting Bob Ross created. Students can then share their paintings on a class website. If teachers do this activity frequently, they will amass an ever-growing class gallery of art.
- In the English classroom, students can use this app to create their interpretation of a favorite character or a scene from a text. Final pieces can be emailed, tweeted, or shared for a grade. To add a composition aspect to this activity, students can write an explanation of how their painting accurately depicts the character that they chose to represent.
- In a Social Studies class, students can read about an historical event and use this app to illustrate a key moment of the event. Final pieces can be emailed, tweeted, or shared for a grade. To add a composition aspect to this activity, students can write an explanation of how their painting accurately depicts the event they chose to represent.
- As an art class, students can study digital art as a medium. To do so, each student can research and select a different art-producing app. Once all students select an app, they can create a piece of art using that app. Then, the class can put on a digital art exhibit for the school that features the artwork created using the various apps. To add a composition element to this project, teachers can have students write a brief description of the app, why the student chose that particular app, and describe future pieces they plan on creating using that app.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|