Showing posts with label drawing apps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drawing apps. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Get Creative With These Free Drawing Tools

Feeling the urge to paint or draw, but don't have access to pens, pencils, or paint at the moment? These free creativity apps can be used anywhere.

Infinite Painter Sketch, paint, and draw using over 80 brushes. You can also turn your photos into paintings. Liquify tool allows you to move, bloat, pinch, swirl, and ripple. Export your creations in several popular formats and share directly to Instagram.

Sketch Draw and Paint features a wide variety of brushes and tools. You can create a drawing or painting from scratch of upload a picture and enhance it with text or stickers. You can use the collaboration feature to create images with other people. You can crop, zoom, scale, rotate, flip, pan, and zoom with this app. Connect with other artists in the community.

Tayasui Sketches features a wide variety of tools including pencils, brush pen, oil pastel, and felt pens. These tools are realistic and the toolbar disappears while you draw. Zoom in on your drawing to see the smallest details.

PaperOne: Paint Draw Sketchbook is an app that allows you to paint and draw on your phone. Begin a drawing on a blank canvas or start with a photo.

ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook features over 80 brushes including the ability smudge and add a gradient fill. Pens are pressure sensitive and the app features a high resolution canvas. You can begin with a blank canvas or upload an image to draw on.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students

This is a guest post from Tom Daccord (@thomasdaccord) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site.

Thanks to a recent partnership with Khan Academy, Duck Duck Moose has made its terrific Draw and Tell iOS app completely FREE. With Draw and Tell, young students can easily create an animated screencast complete with voice, drawings, images, and objects. As a result, it's simple for emerging learners to create digital stories or presentations on any number of topics.

With Draw and Tell, students can draw, color, and insert stickers or stencils onto a scene. They can do so on a blank scene, or a formatted coloring scene, and have a wide variety of colors, objects, and backgrounds from which to choose. Students can even record themselves while they move objects on the screen and the end result is an animated screencast. Once complete, students can save their screencast as a video file to the iPad’s Camera Roll. From here, the video can now be “app smashed” (inserted into another app) into Book Creator, iMovie, or any number of apps.

As shown in the adjacent image, students can choose stickers, stencils, a pencil, a coloring brush, or coloring pens from menu items in the right column. The sticker option provides a range of cartoon animals, vehicles, clothing, foods, household items, buttons, and cutouts, as well as numbers and letters, that appear at the bottom of the scene. Simply tap on a sticker and then tap on the scene to make that sticker appear. Once in place, an object can be moved, resized or deleted (by swiping it off the scene).

At the top of the scene, a microphone is available for students to record themselves.  If students record as they move an object on the scene, they could, for instance, show and describe the movement of a truck, bird, or ship. Or, they could simply explain how and why they created a particular scene. For example, students might draw their favorite animals and then record their explanation of what they are and why they drew them. They might describe a pattern they see in a series of objects, such as a color pattern or geometric pattern. Students might draw a poster, an avatar, a costume, or any number of objects. They might describe a procedure, such as cleaning leaves in their yard, or they might draw their home, neighborhood, or family and explain what each means to them. Each of these activities can help teachers better understand what students know, think, feel, and understand about a particular topic.

Very young students might simply color. Draw and Tell provides dozens of templates, and children can draw to their heart’s content.  Students can choose from different coloring pens and crayons not only to draw figures but also to color a background or fill in a particular space on a template. The templates also serve as prompts to encourage students to develop a story.

Though screencasts are limited to one scene, it’s possible to combines scenes to create an extended story. Simply drag your created scenes to reorder them or drag one on top of another to create a group. In this way, students could create an extended story about, say, what they did over the summer or their favorite superhero’s activities.

At its heart, Draw and Tell is self-directed storytelling and exploration tool, so it doesn’t come with a user guide. Personally, I certainly could have used help getting the pencil tool to work, but I figure the 7-year old me would have figured that out sooner.

It would also be helpful if Draw and Tell provided ready access to the Camera Roll to insert video into animations. Yet, despite a few limitations, Draw and Tell is an engaging and intuitive app that helps prompts students to think, imagine, and nurture their creative spirit and energies. It’s well worth the exploration.

Get More Creative iPad Ideas from Tom Daccord at the November 3-4, EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Use Google Keep to Draw Notes on Your Android Device

Google Keep is my go-to app for writing short notes and setting reminders for myself. I've also used it as a mindmapping tool from time to time. Today, Google Keep for Android got a huge update. You can now draw notes in the app. To draw a note just open the app and tap the pen icon to start drawing. You can also add a drawing to a text, image, or voice note. To add drawings to an existing note tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen and select "add drawing."

Google Keep is available also available as a website, as a Chrome app, and as an iOS app. Unfortunately, while you can view drawn notes in those other apps, you cannot create new drawings in the non-Android versions of Google Keep at this time.

Applications for Education
Google Keep is a great app for creating to-do lists and reminders. Google Keep lets users share notes just like sharing Google Documents. In that regard it's great for keeping track of to-do lists in team projects.

Drawing notes in Google Keep could be a great way for students using Android tablets and larger Android phones to sketch mindmaps or flow charts. It could also be a good place for students in mathematics classes to take notes on how to solve a particular type of problem.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TinyTap Artist - Draw Your Own iPad Games

On Sunday I wrote a review of the free iPad app TinyTap. TinyTap allows you to create simple iPad games based on the pictures that you take with your iPad. After I published that post it was pointed out to me that the TinyTap app also has a drawing tool built into it. The drawing tool is called TinyTap Artist.

TinyTap Artist allows students to draw free-hand or to trace objects in pictures that they have taken with their iPads. For example, a student could take a picture of a cat and then trace it to create the basis for a new drawing. The drawings that students create can be used in the creation of new TinyTap games.

Applications for Education
TinyTap Artist could be a great app for young students to use to create simple games based on their own drawings. Students could also use the app just to practice drawing common objects by tracing and then using those tracings in new pictures.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Important Changes Coming to Skitch

Skitch is a great tool for creating images, drawings, and marking-up images. I have Skitch installed on my iPad and on my Android tablets. Last winter Skitch was acquired by Evernote. That acquisition made it easy to store my Skitch images in Evernote. Last night I learned through this Evernote email that soon all Skitch image storage and sharing will have to go through Evernote.

Starting on October 10 the website will be archived and you'll no longer be able to sign into it to access your images. If you have images in it now, download them while you still can. And if you don't have an Evernote account already, you'll need one in order to store your future Skitch creations online.

Applications for Education
Students can use the Skitch iPad and Android apps to create drawings from scratch to use in multimedia projects. Or have students use Skitch to annotate images to explain what they're seeing. Take your students on a nature walk with a list of plants that they need to try to recognize. Tell them to use their tablets to take pictures of the plants then draw or write on the images to point out the identifying aspects of those plants.