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Drawing involves creative thinking as they make choices about lines, colors and shapes. If you're looking for ways to involve your kids in something creative with a screen, check out these art apps. These art apps allow kids to color pictures, play around with photos, express themselves in writing, and tinker and build with digital tools. 

    Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children.  From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess,  this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.

    Devices: iPad

    FlipaClip is an app that replicates and improves upon traditional flipbook-style animation. Combining simple yet interesting drawing tools with frame control, it enables the production of impressive animations.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Do your students know their pop art from their realism or their abstract from their surrealism? This app is designed to build and reinforce knowledge of the different art styles by quizzing its users on the subject.

    Devices: iPad

    Paul Klee might not be an artist that you have considered covering in the classroom. This superb app makes it clear that you should.

    Devices: iPad

    The Strip Designer application is an extensive app that allows users to create a comic style book using various templates and tools. This intuitive platform will make even the most novice of graphic artist’s design like a comic book whizz. The layout and graphics are completely customizable and the possibilities are endless. The application is free from in-app adverts and purchases and it suitable for 9 years of age and above. The app also works competently from a mobile device but for the best experience we would recommend a tablet.

    Devices: iPad

    Useful app to help children learn to draw cartoons. The app contains seventy two different cartoon drawings, each of which is broken down into steps to make it easier to copy and follow the process.

    Devices: iPad

    A neat app that harnesses technology to try and teach drawing skills.

    Devices: Android

    Opera Maker is a unique app suitable for 9-11 years of age that inspires children to appreciate and create their own opera. The app can be used in conjunction with creative arts, music or creative writing based subjects. Students can create their own video operas by directing, choosing the stage setting and costume characters. The app combines the art of storytelling by integrating classic operas such as Hansel & Gretel, The Magic Flute and William Tell. Features also include the ability to record your own voice and share your finished opera with friends. This app is available in iOS only but also in browser mode via the developers website.

    Devices: iPad

    Using a well- designed mix of virtual tuition and real world practice, Color Smart teaches children not just about the history of art but how to apply the different principles of painting to allow them to more effectively unleash their creativity.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Tickles, Furnace and Ruby are three fun-filled characters with plenty to teach about art, its history and its techniques.  This app provides many informative videos to watch, activities to experiment with and lessons to put the knowledge into practise in the real world.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Charting Art is a truly cross-curricular app that links together art, history and maths with even a little bit of science thrown in too.  Watch educational animations, take part in fact or fib quizzes and engage in the suggested activities for the real world.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    This is an app that asks children to complete a series of very simple tasks that will encourage logical thinking. The app receives an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.                                

    Devices: iPad

    The Anti-colouring Book app is a unique concept by Susan Striker that steps away from the traditional colouring book pages and encourages the child to use their imagination and critical thinking skills rather than colour in a pre-conceived drawing.

    Devices: iPad

    The more you know, the more you know!® BrainPOP® creates cross curricular animated, educational content that captivates students, supports teachers, and adds excitement to lessons. In primary and secondary classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP’s award winning resources explain the world using animated videos, educational games, interactive quizzes, and online activities.

    Devices: iPad

    We were very impressed with this app. The illustrations are very beautiful and quirky. Children (and even adults) will be enthralled as they use the app. We can tell that a lot of care has been taken to create this app. The receives an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.                   

    Devices: iPad

    Start With Art By Madcap Logic, LLC is a great art educational tool that is curriculum based and offers high quality animated videos and learning activities through four lessons. The app features three fun characters – Furnace, Ruby and Tickles - that help children learn about the world of art and creativity. The app meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts,  and for all the content that you get it is very good value for money. We had a lot of fun with Start With Art and we highly recommended, therefore the 5 stars EAS Certification and the EAS Recommended status.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Perfectly suited for younger children, the easy to use interface makes drawing fun and captivating. Fill out existing drawings with watercolors and crayons or start entirely new drawings with the pencil.

    Devices: iPad

    Like a personal art teacher, it will teach you how to draw cartoons, animals, nature, anime and other different images and create amazing pictures.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Come and enjoy a royal treat with Princess Coloring Book; The perfect app for your little princess. Here you will find a captivating and interactive experience with 7 unique and magical games games. 

    Devices: iPad

    Coming from a digital arts background, many of these "sketchbook" apps over the same experience, however this one hits the nail on the head from a learning standpoint. Used in many of my fine arts studio classes as an alternative to regular sketchbook assignments, students that were interested, downloaded the app and created their weekly sketches on their mobile devices. Images were saved and then turned in digitally through email or social media post. There is a bit of a digital learning curve, and those users who may not be familiar with the universal "image editing" vocabulary, may need to be brought up to speed. However, SketchBook Pro does a great job at not overwhelming the user with too many bells and whistles, and puts the important tools right at the palm of the users hand. SketchBook is free for students and educators for three years.

    Devices: Android , iPad