With the right software an interactive whiteboard can become a massive graphics tablet – it is a very different drawing experience to using a mouse. Here are 10 great websites that all Art teachers should have bookmarked. Most are free online drawing packages, but one or two a slightly different, but still worth exploring. Enjoy!

1. Aviary : http://www.aviary.com/ and also http://www.aviaryeducation.com/¬†An excellent free suite of tools for image editing – painting, vector and more. Also includes a sound editor thats worth investigating. There’s a regular version of Aviary, but now an educational version too.

2. Odosketch : http://sketch.odopod.com/

A very simple sketch package. Quite neat effect, a bit like using watercolours in a sketch book.

odosketch

3. Sketchpad : http://mugtug.com/sketchpad/

Sketchpad is quite a fun paint package that works in your browser. All the basic tools you’d expect are here.

sketchpad

4. Google Art Project : http://www.googleartproject.com/

The Google Art Project is basically applying the Google Street View idea to the world’s art galleries. Visit some of the greatest galleries in the world and explore their paintings without leaving your classroom. Well worth a look.

5. Jackson Pollock

An oldie but a goodie. Paint in the style of Jackson Pollock, but without the mess. Works great on an interactive whiteboard. Click to change colour.

pollocks

6. Bomomo : http://bomomo.com/

Bomomo is still a favourite of mine. Each “brush” creates some very abstract effects as you move your mouse across the page.

7. Crayola :

One for the younger students – choose from a variety of crayons and felt-tip pens.

8. SumoPaint : http://www.sumopaint.com/

A very impressive, full-featured paint package. Lots of great features and it’s free. A paid version with extra features also available.

9. Moodstream : http://moodstream.gettyimages.com/

This is not a drawing program, Moodstream mixes images, movies and sounds to help the creative juices flow. Is hard to describe, but worth a look. Play with the sliders to suit your mood and see what turns up. Make sure your sound is on.

mood board

10. Graffiti Creator : http://graffiticreator.net/

This is a free, online flash application which allow you to design your own name or logotype in graffiti-style. TGC comes with several fonts from throwups to bubble letters to wildstyles. The program also have an array of different tools that will help you further enhance your design. Great for designing fun titles for presentations too.

graffiti

What do think of these resources? Got another one you want to share? Let me know in the comments!