Visit the World’s Museums from your Classroom with Google Arts & Culture
Sep14

Visit the World’s Museums from your Classroom with Google Arts & Culture

Ever wanted to just whisk your class off to the Pyramids of Giza in the middle of a lesson? One of the great things about having an interactive screen connected to the internet is that it can become a window on the world, allowing you to explore places that you’d never be able to easily take a class to. One of the best tools to help you with this is the Google Arts & Culture site, created by Google Cultural Institute in...

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Inspire Curiosity and Creativity with the Wizard School App
Mar19

Inspire Curiosity and Creativity with the Wizard School App

Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) is an iOS app which inspires curiosity and creative thinking. Explore, create, and share with your family and friends. The app is completely free and has no sneaky in-app purchases. It’s available for both iPad and iPhone. There are lots of different challenges for children to complete covering a range of different areas such as science, design, art and geography. Many activities contain...

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Create Explore and Learn with this iPad App from RCH Melbourne
Jul22

Create Explore and Learn with this iPad App from RCH Melbourne

This free app lets children use their imagination to create their own wonderful artworks, to explore the vibrant spaces and places of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne and to learn about the artists, designers, zoo keepers and divers who all contribute to make the RCH a truly great hospital. This app allows you to create meerkat collages, draw your own pixel tapestries, balance mobiles, play with flipbook fish and make...

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Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool
Dec21

Beautiful Curves – fun drawing tool

Beautiful Curves is a cute little drawing application, creating almost organic-looking artwork. According to its creator “Beautiful curves simulates that little bit of randomness in life, where you never know whats going to happen next.” It’s a fun application, which would work on your interactive whiteboard. Check it out...

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Bembo’s Zoo – fun with fonts
Nov06

Bembo’s Zoo – fun with fonts

Just a quick link to a website that might be of interest to primary/elementary teachers. Bembo’s Zoo is based on the book by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. The idea behind the site is to use a font called Bembo to create 26 different animals, one for each letter of the alphabet. So for the letter “A,” the letters that make up the word “antelope” are manipulated to form the creature’s outline. Similar...

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10 Great Art resources for your Interactive Whiteboard
Sep08

10 Great Art resources for your Interactive Whiteboard

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...

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Smarthistory – a multimedia art textbook
Aug22

Smarthistory – a multimedia art textbook

Smarthistory.org is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement for the traditional art history textbook. It “uses multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.” The site contains audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text and still...

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Free Logo Creation Tools
Jul06

Free Logo Creation Tools

Here are three websites that let students create logos to use in design projects. Online Logo Maker : http://www.onlinelogomaker.com/applet/logomaker/ LogoEase :  http://www.logoease.com/LogoEase.aspx LogoMaker : http://logomaker.com/ Each one lets you choose from ready made logos/shapes and then change and tweak the various components and colours and add your own text. LogoEase and LogoMaker want you to register to get features such...

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The BBC ‘Your Paintings’ Art Project
Jun23

The BBC ‘Your Paintings’ Art Project

Here’s a very interesting website for Art teachers or anyone interested in art. The BBC has announced the public beta launch of a new initiative to bring the UK’s entire collection of oil paintings to the Internet for the first time. It’s called Your Paintings. Even if you’re an art-lover and have trawled the length and breadth of the country’s galleries and museums, there’s still a good chance that thousands of paintings...

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Psykopaint
Mar23

Psykopaint

Here’s another site to add to my list of excellent online paint packages. Psykopaint has been created “as a new tool to enable users to express their creativity with a mimimum of knowledge and skills”. It lets you paint over the top of an existing image using a variety of different tools. A slider will let you reveal the image underneath. Or you can just start with a blank canvas. It’s great fun and well worth...

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Draw with ScribblerToo
Feb04

Draw with ScribblerToo

A very quick post for a Friday to link to another online drawing application – ScribblerToo. I like the slightly abstract way it joins up lines if you get them close to another one. This would be really fun on an interactive whiteboard. Check out some of the other sites listed down the left hand side of the page. There are some other interesting ones there, such as this Snowflake Maker and string spinner. For other drawing...

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The Amazing Google Art Project
Feb01

The Amazing Google Art Project

Today Google unveiled the Art Project, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Basically its Google Street view inside various art museums. You can move around the halls and explore all the artwork in detail. Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including, Altes...

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