When thinking about art lessons it can be easy to disregard technology as it doesn’t allow for little fingers to get hands-on with tangible materials, such as pens, paper, moulding clays and paints.
However, new technologies have been shown to foster creativity in students and teachers should consider how they could incorporate them into their creative learning strategies.
Art lessons no longer need to be confined to the traditional pen and pencil, but can integrate technology into a wide range of activities. Most classrooms now have access to some form of technology, be it tablets, digital cameras or desktop computers. By understanding how you can incorporate these technologies into your art lessons, you can offer pupils a different type of learning experience.
Internet and apps
In its most basic form, the Internet can aid you by providing a platform to help children research famous artists and paintings for inspiration and ideas.
The Internet can also be used to access online platforms such as animation and paint programmes that children can use to create drawings. These resources allow children to practice their drawing and design skills while encouraging experimentation.
You could also consider using screencasting apps. These enable children to record the screen during the creative process, as well as letting them narrate what they are doing. These can then be saved and viewed at a later date.
Online software allows students to interact with artistic elements in a new way – enabling youngsters to manipulate images, change colours, effects and composition at the touch of a button. This is not easily replicated with pen and paper.
Video is often a forgotten element of art projects but students can use digital cameras to develop their creative output. By giving children the freedom to create their own mini projects using a new medium such as film, you can help to encourage their creative expression.
It’s important that teachers understand the beneficial impact new technology can have on traditional learning environments and the experience it can have on a child’s discovery, curiosity and enjoyment.