12 Art Resources for your IWB
Mar08

12 Art Resources for your IWB

There’s nothing better than playing with an art program on an interactive whitboard and literally drawing with your finger. It really works like a massive graphics tablet. And there are some excellent, free, online drawing packages. Some are quite simple, and others really mimic real-world art materials. For the entire list, check out my Delicious page under Art + IWB, but here are a few of my favourites: Sumopaint: This is an...

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Artrage – natural media painting
Feb02

Artrage – natural media painting

One type of software that is really cool on an interactive whiteboard are the various painting packages. Drawing is hard with a mouse, but better with a graphics tablet – and you can’t get a bigger graphics tablet than an Interactive Whiteboard. If you own a Promethean board then you might be interested to know that Promethean have teamed up with ArtRage to provide a simple way of obtaining a demo version of their very...

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10 avatar generators for profile pictures
Jan22

10 avatar generators for profile pictures

With the release of the James Cameron movie (which I highly recommend you see, by the way) everyone has now heard the word Avatar. In computing, an avatar is often the name used for the little picture you use on profile pages for things like blogs, twitter etc. If you are blogging with students – it’s recommended that you don’t use real photographs of the students. A fun alternative is to create a cartoon avatar...

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Collaborative drawing with Flockdraw
Dec04

Collaborative drawing with Flockdraw

I’m always a fan of collaborative tools that let you work on the same document across the internet. I’m also a fan of online drawing tools. So I really like collaborative drawing tools Flockdraw is another collaborative drawing tool that’s well worth taking a look at. It’s free to use, and you get a unique URL which you can use to share your drawing with others, and have them contribute. Combine this with an...

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Remake the Stars – Art and Second Life
Nov16

Remake the Stars – Art and Second Life

This video was shown at the Essex ICT conference I attended last week. I think it’s a very powerful example of how modern technology can give you a different perspective on things. What better way to understand a piece of artwork than to jump right into it. It’s called Watch The World by an artist who’s Second Life name is Robbie Dingo. In it he shows how he recreated Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”...

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Livebrush – another painting application
Sep29

Livebrush – another painting application

Thanks to Cali Lewis on GeekBrief.tv for mentioning an application that I just had to go and check out once i saw it. Livebrush is another free paint package, that should work well on an IWB. The size of the brush stroke depends on the speed you drag across the page, the faster you go the broader the brush stroke. It runs on the Adobe Air platform, so if you can run applications like Tweetdeck then you should be able to run this no...

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Make easy screenshots with Aviary
Jul05

Make easy screenshots with Aviary

Here’s a new website that will make it easier to take screenshots of other sites to save to your desktop or to embed into your blog or your wiki. It’s called Aviary. And it’s a neat, free, image editing application. You can create images from scratch, and share them with others online. But as well as that, it has a screen capture feature. If you use Firefox you can get “Talon” an Aviary plug in that puts...

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Pixlr
Apr13

Pixlr

A very quick post to make you aware of yet another excellent online painting package. It’s called Pixlr and you can play with it here: http://pixlr.com/ No need to say a lot about it. Just go and have a play for yourself!...

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Sumo Paint
Feb28

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is awesome! I love online painting programs, and this one really impressed me. Some of the paint packages I’ve found and blogged about have been fun, but you always feel like you are just playing with a cut-down web application- Sumo Paint looks and feels like a proper, fully-featured art program like Paint Shop Pro and suchlike. It supports layers, shape tools, different brushes, ink, gradients and clone stamps. It...

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