Sure students know who Vincent Van Gogh, E.B. White, and Roald Dahl are. But what do they know about contemporary authors, and artists? Well now they can learn. Culture Street is a organization that is based out of the UK that is determined to introduce students to contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers, and performers. Culture Street’s goal is to encourage creativity in the classroom…and beyond.
With four distinct channels to learn from (Arts, Film, Books, Stage) students will have the opportunity to view videos, listen to interviews, have access to interactive activities and watch workshops for better understanding of how professionals work.
The book channel (a personal favorite of mine) allows the user to create their own picture book, and comic book. You must be a registered member to access many of the elements on the site so parents should be involved. Teachers have the opportunity to pre-made lessons and tie-ins to current learning trends to help integrate the arts into everyday subjects. Even though the organization is based out to the UK, foreign educators and parents should not shy away from this fun rewarding activity. Thank your
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 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.
MoMA 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.
Music 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.
Viruoso 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.
Let’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.
Honored as 2012 app of the year from Apple, Paper is an easy to use tool to create some of the most stunning pictures on the iPad. Capture your ideas as drawings, sketches, diagrams, illustrations or notes and easily share them across the web through several social networks. The download is free and you receive the standard drawing tool, but you can purchase additional drawing utensils in the app store for $1.99 each. This is an amazing app the has endless possibilities for any creative mind.
Check our the video for a peek and what you can do. http://vimeo.com/37254322