this photo of
the golden gate
Bridge in san
an online image
We ended our course with the only
program that was not available online.
We downloaded Google Sketchup to
design 3D buildings. This is a complicated program, and we had only
a little time to practice a few of its
features. We checked out perspective
lines; a push–pull tool that modifies
the 3D shapes; a pattern painter that
adds texture, such as for bricks or siding; and a library of downloadable
structures, such as trees and vehicles,
that students added to their models.
this abstract design
was created with
Brushster, an online
painting machine for
all ages. it’s available
on the national gallery of art website at
For More Advanced Students
Our two-week tour de force did not
allow us to work with any one program in depth. However, students
who are patient and dedicated to understanding the intricacies of Photo-hop also have no-cost options on the
Web. Splashup.com and Aviary.com
both create products that are stunning and professional. Aviary offers
Phoenix (photo-editing software) and
Peacock (a program for creating cus-om filters and effects). Aviary plans to
oll out other artsy apps in the future.
Both sites have free and paid plans
Aniboom Shapeshifter: www.aniboom.com/
Google Sketchup download: http://sketchup.
NGAKids Art Zone: www.nga.gov/kids/zone/
—Jill M. Olthouse is a doctoral student studying
gifted education at the University of Toledo.