Free Art Apps For Primary Schools
What are the best free apps for primary art teachers?
Last week I ran a creative hands-on, Everyone Can Create, INSET training day for art teachers in London. The challenge for me was to find then use free apps, relevant for primary art teachers. I love Procreate, it’s an amazing app but seemingly too expensive for school budgets. So one of the apps we used on the day was an old favourite – Brushes. Still used by David Hockney for creating vibrant, colourful landscapes and portraits, it proved to be a very effective app for introducing the concept of layers to teachers, new to digital art practice. Some discussed how it could also be used to deconstruct the elements of art and see them as individual components.
We used Brushes to create a series of self portraits in the Pop Art style. Teachers then brought all their images together in Pic Collage, another favourite app with art and design leaders.
Each of these wonderful pop art images took the delegates less than 30 minutes to create, proving it to be an effective iPad activity, supporting traditional creativity in the classroom. This type of activity seems to resonate with teachers. A quick, relevant task that supports the core teaching of their lessons.
What are your favourite art apps?