I've put these lessons resources together to help teachers practice some ideas for how to create art on the iPads with students.See also: NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog Post.
My Teacher Workshops/Presentations:
iPad Workshop, Westfield, Indiana Oct. 22, 2012
iPad Workshop, Buffalo Grove, Illinois Oct. 29, 2012
K12Online, Tech Rich & Connected, Oct.29, 2012
Presentation, IAEA Conference, Lisle, IL Nov. 2, 2012
iPad Workshop, Michigan Art Teachers, Nov.19, 2012
iPad Workshop, Antioch, Illinois, Jan. 14, 2013
iPad Session at NICE Mini Con, Skokie, IL Jan. 26, 2013
iPad Workshop, Lowell, Indiana Feb. 23, 2013
iPad Workshop, ICE Confer., St. Charles, IL Feb. 28, 2013
Presentations, NAEA Conference, Ft. Worth, TX Mar. 7-10
Tech for Early Learners, Erickson Institute, April 6, 2013
Classroom 2.0 LIVE, Sat. April 27, 2013
Art of Ed Conference, Tues. June 25, 2013
iPad workshop with IAEA Northeast, Aug. 8, 2013
iPad workshop, Tech Academy, SD25, Aug. 15, 2013
iPad workshop, Art Teachers Portage, IN August 31, 2013
iPad workshop, Art Teachers, Oak Park, IL, Sept. 2013
iPad workshop, Art Teachers, Antioch, IL, Oct. 2013
Educate to Innovate, Washington DC, Oct. 23, 2013
iPad workshop, IAEA Conference, Lisle, IL Oct. 2013
iPad Demo Lessons via Education Closet, Nov. 13, 2013
iPad workshop, Art Teachers, Villa Park, IL, Jan.17, 2014
iPad session, NICE Mini Confer., Skokie, IL Jan 25, 2014
iPad workshop, ICE confer., St. Charles, IL Feb.28, 2014
MACUL conference, Grand Rapids, MI March 2014
NAEA conference, San Diego, CA March 2014
*iPad Workshop, via google, Auburn, AL August 2014
*Multiple sessions, Tech Academy, August 2014
*Keynote Indiana Art Educator's Conference, Oct. 2014
*IAEA Conference, iPad Workshops, Oct. 2014
*Jacobs Educator Presentation, Oct. 2014 & April 2015
Skype iPad session, Toronto Canada, March 2015
*NAEA Conference, multiple sessions, March 2015
iPad Animation Workshop, KU, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2015
Maker Workshop for School Library Journal, 2015
Taste of Tech Animation Workshop, NICE 2016
Animation Workshop, Fall 2016
Maker Faire, Green Screen ideas, 2016
IAEA conference, Bloomington, IL 2016
iPad Workshop, Crystal Lake, IL 2016
Interview on Tech and Art Integration, Fall 2016
iPad and STEAM workshop, Wisconsin, 2017
NAEA Conference, NYC 2017
STEAM interview with AOE Radio
IPad and STEAM workshop, West Bloomfield, MI, 2017
K12 Online Conference, Creativity, 2017
Read about us in Natural Child World Magazine
The July-August 2013 Issue of Natural Child World features an article about digital natives and their art. They interviewed me and showcase the artwork of Dryden Elementary School students created on iPads. See the images and article here.
Also, see our article about using the animation app DOINK in iPhone Life Magazine, January 2013 issue.
Also, see our School Arts articles including this one about making Digital Tessellation on iPads: April 2014
The above animation was made with a combination of apps.
The background was recorded in the Brushes App. The foreground was drawn and animated in Doink. These clips were combined with the green screen FX in iMovie then the whole video was converted to a GIF so it loops here.
Printable QR Code book and Interactive eBook made for independent student exploration on iPads in the Art Room.
Click the images below to learn more and download books.
THANK YOU! We no longer have to wait to create! With the support of our many donors from our school community, our online community, and beyond, we have reached our goal of becoming a 1:1 iPad art room! See our story here.
View over 100 creative digital art lessons compiled into one digital flyer with links to resources, examples, tutorials and more here. This flyer includes most of my iPad lessons & others together in one place. It will grow with me.
Digital spoof Inspired by Son of Man Rene Magritte.
View the video of students working. Grab hat. Grab a sample of healthy choices. (disco ball=dancing. That's healthy, right?) Apps needed: Dropbox & Brushes or SketchbookX
Contour line drawing on an iPad looked like this in class. This is great for students to look closely at any subject. I wanted students to study leaves before we created our watercolor leaf paintings. Grab a leaf and try it yourself. This is also a great way to try to make Giraffes Dance. See this post. Use this technique for Digital Portraits. See video. Apps needed: Dropbox & Brushes or SketchbookX
Students can digitally enter a piece of art or photo with instant alpha and green screen. Learn about how we used this technique to create "Not Christina's World Anymore". Try it yourself with these backgrounds and figures. Take a look at my Scream project too. Apps needed: Dropbox & Brushes or
Click on the links from your iPad so you can grab sample files to help you play and learn.
Grab a Template
You can send out a template to help your students get started on a digital art project. I used this technique for a monochromatic heart project with 1st grade and a snowman drawing with kindergarten. I had students use the "magic touch" to save the image to their iPads. App needed: Brushes or SketchbookX
Create a lesson that helps students "sort out" meaning. This apps allows you to create, store, and share lessons about any subject. Great for the one iPad art room too. View my example lesson & snag my resources.
App needed: Compare-a-Twist
Update: Use this app to add an assessment piece to any project. See this one for Shallow and Deep.
Text and Image
Use this keynote template (allow the iPad to open this file using keynote app) to make a mock Newsweek cover in on the iPad. Replace my text and image with your own. You can practice with this photo with a transparent background.
App needed: Dropbox & Keynote
UPDATE: Try it using SketchbookX and Pic Collage apps (both free) here
Split the work of animating with this technique. Here is a sample set of images to practice with taken from a
4 second video with at 12 fps rate. Apps needed: Dropbox & Brushes or SketchbookX Click the animation below to see an updated post.
There are many apps that you can build art from using the elements they provide such as Faces iMake, ArtDoodles, and Create A Monster. But you can also build art collaboratively by drawing and passing the iPad to the next artist. Try using this handout as a template for a collaborative figure. Learn more from this exquisite corpse post. Draw on a layer over the template then delete it when done. App needed: Brushes or SketchbookX
Layers & Filters
This project asks students to layer their own profile into the Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso. Then explore monochromatic color schemes with a photo filter. Apps needed: Dropbox, SketchbookX & Crazy Photo Booth
Tell Stories with Art
Puppet Pal HD is an easy app that allows you to animate objects over a background while it records your audio. The free version doesn't allow you to customize images. Here is an example of a story made with the free version. Here is a movie I made with the full version using my own images and customized backgrounds. App used: Puppet Pals HD, Paid version here. Try this in Educreations too. See my Play Mustard example. Here is an example using the Explain Everything app: Why Art Matters.
Sometime when you are creating you need to combine apps to get the results you want. Here is an example o using Doink to make an Animation with green screen FX in iMovie. See the results and tutorial here. Here is another example for art making with photoshop FX. Here is an animation with garageband to make a Giraffe Dance.
Abstract the Art
Use the percolator app to make any photo abstract.
Take a look at how these third graders abstracted their Andy Warhol inspired paintings on iPods then emailed me their images for our art gallery. App needed: Percolator App
Part of being an artist is observation and studying the world around you. The Skitch app gives students a tools to quickly draw and label over images. For example, download this image then find the vanishing point and converging lines. See this example of Cloud Painting. Grab one of my cloud pics and draw what you see too. App needed: Skitch
Add this Pop Art effect to student art or a picture snapped with the iPad camera. App needed: Crazy Photo Booth
Time Lapse/Stop Motion
This app has two functions. It can make time lapse videos (like the one shown above or here) or it can be used for stop motion animation. The key is to use a tripod or reliable propping system for both of these applications. Here is an example of stop-motion animation. Here is the post that goes along with the video.
App used: iMotion HD (free)
There are apps available for creating digital art collages. One of our favorites is Faces iMake to make a piece in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo-see his art on my Google Art Project gallery. See the lesson here and here. We also enjoy ArtDoodles for making Matisse or Keith Haring inspired collages. See the lesson here. There are other collage apps like Pic Collage for making nice arrangements of images, but PlayArt is unique in that you can build a scene from pieces of a masterpiece.
I wrote a post about some of the ways you can Cat-in-a-hatify your students using Photo Booth FX. I added at the end the pieces to building this image in your iPad. You need the blank book, hat, bow, and sample student.
Layer these items using Sketchbookx
Here is a tutorial for how to use the bookmark template..
iExpress on iPad
Figure drawing and Portraits
Teach your students to draw a figure or portrait from a template.
Download my figure template.
Download my portrait template.
See this blog post to see how my students created figures in Sketchbook express . Here is an idea for what you can do with the flying figures below. See my students' finished Flying Animations begun on iPads here.
Doink is a powerful and easy tool for animation.
My third graders loved learning about figure drawing and action poses as they animated aliens. See their creations here. See my tutorial here. You can download my running poses guide here. App needed: Doink App
Words in the Art
Sometimes I ask my students to write an artist statement to go with their pieces. Wordfoto app allows students to add their words into their art. See my post on this lesson here. We also tried using this app in our self-portraits with a 6 word poem. See it here. App needed:
This figure-ground illusion was made from a student profile traced on a layer using the symmetry function. Then colored with the fill button. Here are some vessel examples to inspire your students. Apps needed: SketchbookX
View a tutorial on my post here.
There are a bunch of apps available to give students a digital sculpting experience. We made clay masks in class then took turns making one digitally using the 123D Sculpt app. See post of students using this app.
Some apps teach the same concepts that we already teach but open even more opportunities, are much easier to use, and give quick and beautiful results. Try teaching rotational symmetry with the MY FLAKE app (free) or Kaleidoscope Drawing App (free). Use the app as a way to practice the concept or create the final piece. Here is how I used the My Flake app while incorporating the science of snowflakes. Here are Suzanne Tiedemann's students' rotational symmetry designs in Kaliedo Free.
BobbleShop app is a great way to introduce cartooning and portraiture to your students. It is a huge download full of every choice in facial features, tons of hair styes, accessories, etc. to really capture a likeness. Check it out here.
Draw Your Own
Deep & Shallow
Layer images to explore depth. See this post for templates a compare-a-twist quiz, and ideas.
Painting with Pattern
The Drawing Carl app has a function for painting with pattern. That would be a fun way to make a Laurel Birch styled abstract cat painting. See mine.
2 Frame Gif
Try this in Sketchbook X too! View my tutorial video and example here.
Learn how to use sketchbook express to collaborate and collage while learning about the features of the face & proportion.
This illustration was created using the Adobe Ideas app (free).
There is a wonderful little video where Lydia, the Fairy Scientist explains the scientific method as she searches in her yard for evidence of fairies. See my post to see how you can easily add the "A" for art to this STEM lesson.
Collaborative Class eBook
Resources and more in this post.
Stop Motion &
Man of Steel
Design an emblem that represents your power(s) to make a difference in this world. See lesson and templates here.
I used to have my students do an artist statement project on the Laptops using Keynote to add text to a high contrast photo that was filtered first in photoshop. Here is a MUCH easier way to do this using only an iPad, Camwow (free version works) and pic collage (free also).
Tellegami app has all the tools built in to make interesting and easy movies.
Put your students in the director's chair and have them teach their peers what they know. View our Fugleflicks to see some student-created art-related ideas.
Try using Socrative App to poll the students or give a quiz. I made our Art Exit test in this app. You can load it with this share code: SOC-1745372
Green Screen App
Explore my blog posts about the many possibilities for combining drawn animation and images using the DOINK Green Screen app here. Watch our fugleflick, Allow us to Illustrate which combines animation and green screen.
Build a Snowman
Use an iPad Friendly Site
1. Find your picture here.
2. Save it to your camera roll
3. Click on this link to put it on the dollar bill.
4. Save it to the camera roll.
Learn more about this lesson here.
Talk through any image with Superimpose app and Green Screen app from DOINK. See my post here.
Drawing with Shapes
Don't let the Pigeon...
Positive & Negative Appsmash
I have two tutorials for creating landscapes in Sketchbook express.
Try the one below or this new idea here.
Grab one of these Heart Houses to try it. See their finished artwork here. Download my handout here.
They went back and added the percolator app effect to their landscapes for this beautiful effect here.
Digital Lima Bean Monster Gifs
Use this link to download handouts and view directions for this simple animated gif based on the book The Lima Bean Monster. Apps: Doink, 5 seconds App
This lesson teaches figure drawing, complementary colors, line, shape, and color pattern while introducing Keith Haring to your students. See the post.
Wooden Doll 3D app and SketchbookX
Click to view post on this lesson idea
Use my Crown Fountain template in SketchbookX then add the reflecting pond effect with the Color Lake app
See a gallery of student images.
The Superimpose app has a masking tool like "instant alpha" and more. Take a look this post about using this app for silhouettes and so much more!
I used the Paper app to take notes visually. But this can be done in so many other drawing apps too.See my notes from our district inservice days.
UPDATE: My new favorite viznote app is Flipink: less $, more tools included, and easier interface. See example note.
Update again: the old version of Brushes is really perfect for viznotes. See my viznotes explained here.
The superimpose app has a quick and easy way to erase a color field from a photo so you can layer images taken with a green screen, add other effects to make silhouettes, & more. View my tutorial and examples here.
Green Screen App
Allow us to Illustrate
Click to view this inquiry-based lesson
Insects + Art
Science, Environment, Animation, Art
can all be integrated in this fun lesson.
12 Projects 1 Post
One iPad Art Room Ideas
I wrote a post of a bunch of ways to engage students and enhance learning in a one iPad art room. View the post and video to get some ideas.
8 Lessons 1 App
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P.S. You can also make a wish for an IPEVO product to help you get even more technology in your art room.
See my IPEVO Wishpool Story here.
Resources for getting an iPad
I often am asked about how to get iPads for the art room. The best answers I can give you is to try grant writing (Here is one grant and here is another) and fundraising. Artsonia has just launched way for you to do this easily through you online art gallery proceeds. Login and view info here.
I also wrote a Donor's Choose project for a grant. View my grant here.
I try to share ideas about what is working in the art room as we work on iPad art lessons. Here is a collection of my blog posts where I've posted these ideas.
I created a very short document with some more instructions to help you along as you practice creating on iPads. Download this pdf here.
I know I'm skipping lots of little steps and tips that I would share with my students, so let me know if you get stuck on something and need more help. Here is the post that introduced this page. It contains more information.
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