Art, Craft & Creativity Apps to Inspire Mini Masters
Art and design is a creative outlet for children and can help to motivate and inspire them in other areas of the curriculum too.
Bringing art into core subjects, whether that be accompanying writing with illustrations and cartoons or maths through shape building and exploration, apps can offer an alternative dimension to the regular art lesson and literally bring subjects to life!
But, why are arts and crafts so important? They improve motor and coordination skills, language development, problem-solving abilities, decision making and critical thinking. Some teachers even consider handcrafts more important than academics. Also, they help kids express themselves and feel productive. Kids love anything they can personalize with their names. To do that, grab a few labels or name tags from Wunderlabel and help your kid create personalized name craft.
At the Educational App Store, we are continually impressed by the level of creativity that apps offer. Here are our top tips for integrating art and design into your lessons, as ever with a digital twist!
- Children who might find art a challenge, in terms of their technique or ability, can find their artist endeavors take on a whole new dimension with a good app art. With their finger as the guide and and with options for texture, colour and effect, the blank canvas is not as daunting! Try Drawing Board for Kids (reviewed above) as a great starting point.
- Art can (and should) be social. Many creative apps give children (and teachers) the ability to save, edit, print and share work in a digital gallery, whether that be within the school or wider community. This can be very motivational! Coosi Box: Creative Drawing is a super app for creating and sharing work with children around the world.
- Art can be integrated into a great interactive maths lesson with a focus on shape and space through apps like Shape Up! (reviewed above) or Artie’s Magic Pencil. Creations can be transformed into moving images which are bought to life and help children remember properties of 2D or 3D shapes, in a totally different way!
- There are some fantastic apps that bridge the gap between art and art history. Envision Art is one of the best, providing many informative videos to watch, activities to experiment with and lessons to put knowledge into practise in the real world.
- Apps can bring art to life, making work from the great masters accessible and interactive to children in the classroom. Artists which otherwise might be challenging to engage with, can be showcased on devices and in a format children love to interact with. ExplorArtKlee is a super introduction to Paul Klee, an artist rarely seen in a classroom. Through this app, children can view the artist’s work and interact with content in a seamless way.