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Flex Your Artistic Muscle

Apps are a great way to express yourself creatively.  They allow you try different means of artistic expression in both photography, music, painting, sketching and now 3D building and design.  I wanted to share with some apps that are great ways to get your artistic juices flowing.

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PocketBand allows you to create high quality tracks by mixing, looping, and sampling. For Androids only.

 

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Music Pro allows you to learn how to play the piano with instruments, games, and metronome. For Androids only.

 

Photography

Both of these apps help to edit photos from your library.

ArtStudio-App Pics Art for iOS and Android.

 

 

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Photo Editor for Android only.

 

 

3D Design

images  Redesigning your house? Use 3D Interior Room Design to help you create the room you always wanted with out trying to figure out the the color is right.  For Android only.

 

So go on, express yourself

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Apps for Summer Learning (Part 3)

So I have shown you apps for all of the core subject areas…but what about the creative end?  Here are some great apps to help foster the creative power of the students all summer long.

drawing carlDrawing Carl  for iOS $1.99
Probably the best drawing app out there for kids, designed by Tayasui this app allows for kids to create beautiful drawings with easy to use tools such as painting and stamping.  Kids will enjoy playing with stickers that can talk, decorating  pictures uploaded from their photo libraries, and sharing their creations through Facebook  and the Drawing Carl website; where they can vote on the best ones.  This is a fun app to keep those creative brains going and to stop them from drawing all over your walls.

momaMoMA Art Lab  for iOS $2.99
Young artists for grades 2 and up can explore how the great modern artists use shapes, lines, and color and create their own artwork inspired by the MoMA exhibits.  Some of the artists featured are Henry Matisse, Jean Arp, and Elizabeth Murray.  This is a great app for families to learn about art, discover artists and their techniques, find inspiration, and even create a group picture.  This is an app that parents might be fighting their kids for.

musicMusic Tutor  for iOS and Android Free or $0.99 (depending on the version)
Kids can practice their music skills with short quizzes (1 to 10 minutes) that focus on pitch identification, and sight-reading skills.  Practice between treble, base or both to enhance your musical ear.

 

pianoViruoso Piano  for iOS Free
The best app to teach basic keyboard skills. The app has several unique features such as duet mode (for iPads only), key labels, the ability to play with your musical library, and  play wirelessly from your device to your Apple TV.  Also the app allows you to choose between two types of pianos,  a classic grand concert piano and the broken one you will find in a run down pub.

 

urlLet’s Create Pottery  for iOS and Android $4.99
Creating ceramics just got a whole lot cleaner! Now adults and kids can create one-of-a-kind pottery without getting messy.  Spin the clay on the wheel, shape and mold your pottery using some of the dozen of materials available to express your inner artist.  Glazing and firing it off in the kiln was never easier.  This app not only allows for the creative mind to flourish but also has a calming effect over the users.

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Create a Music Video

So you decided to make a video for your class.  Good for you.  But now how do you go about doing it?  Do you make a video using  flip camera, your lap top or desktop, your personal device?  There are many ways to do this, and we will discuss this later with some new posts focusing on video making websites and apps, but for now lets focus on how to enhance your video. 

Unless you are musically inclined, the soundtrack to your video might be what ever background nose is going on during recording.  Music can change the attitude of the video.  A wistful tune will allow the viewer to know that the video is for entertainment.  While a more monotone tune signals that video is more serious in nature (good for lectures).  Here are some links to use if you choose to add some music to your next video.

MusicShake.com ( http://eng.musicshake.com/) Create copyright free music.  Can access from website or download the app.

FreeMusicArchive.org ( http://freemusicarchive.org/ ) and RoyaltyFreeMusic.com (http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/) are fun sites for free Creative Commons music. Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the works of others, that are consistent with copyright rules. Please be aware that RoyaltyFreeMusic is not free.

Soundbible.com ( http://soundbible.com/ ) and FreeSound.org ( http://www.freesound.org/ ) have free sound effects to download.

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