When you have ideas, whiteboarding apps makes it easy to get them out of your head and into the real world. They quickly captures handwritten text and gives you simple, yet elegant tools for sketching thoughts.
We find it pretty interesting as artists can teach drawing and sketching to their students from anywhere in the world. Although there are many whiteboarding apps available, one which caught our attention is
Talkboard by Citrix
One feature that really make this app stand out from the crowd is
integrated audio that allow you to easily communicate and develop your ideas. Sumit Vishwakarma use this app with his son to teach him some sketching concept. You can ask your students to create what they think is appropriate for a drawing, for example - do you want a sun there or moon, do you want palm tree or an apple tree? This opens up their mind and infuse critical thinking.
Check out a quick overview of the app below and results.
Mobile Art Academy just completed a week long Digital Art Class at Menlo School (High school) with great results and excellent feedback. See the video they made of the work they did. And these were mostly kids who had never used any creative digital programs, including photoshop!! Gives you a taste of what to expect from new upcoming classes and summer schools at Sunnyvale Recreation Center!! Watch for news...
Loyal artist-users of the Zynga app Art With Friends (AWF) recently were dismayed to receive in-game notices that their game would end effective April 1, 2015. Their global artist community now is banding together in a massive effort, Save Art With Friends Initiative, to save the game they love.
Players explain that AWF is the only multi-platform game enabling Android and iOS users to play together. It is one of the few art apps on either platform offering social contacts/chats within the game, itself. Players also are passionate about the app’s ability to save and display stroke-by-stroke creations. They describe this feature as the basis of the app’s ability to improve their artistic skills. Finally, AWF is entirely user-friendly.
The AWF community is brainstorming to find ways to help make the app more profitable for Zynga or for another purchaser. Player chats and threads suggest additional revenue streams and ideas to increase the number of players, worldwide. Threads often describe how this app has great personal meaning and positive effects. Players actually travel across states and internationally to meet playing partners in real life.
Clearly, AWF is more to this community than a routine drawing app. They have created a variety of sites to promote their cause and have posted a Save Art With Friends petition on Change.com. These links appear, below. Players request that all artists and gamers “like” and comment on sites. Most important, they ask others to sign their petition and help them save the app they love.
From artwork with feelings...
A heartfelt story from a 78 year AWF user !
Raheem Nelson (Ra!) has been iPad Painting for almost five years now. (Drawing and Painting traditionally for over 20.) Networking has been just as important to his success as actually learning how to use the apps to create art. The logical thing was to approach Apple about doing a workshop.
Their marketing campaigns flirted with the idea of iPad Art but never really delved into what could be done. With their "Start Something New" campaign Apple did just that. Then before he knew it The West 14th St store reached out to him to run a workshop and it was amazing. He split his workshop into demoing apps and showing finished paintings. This way he never lingered on anything and his audience got a mix of iPad Painting apps. Photos by Lora Germain.
The following day Ra visited Fifty Three's offices (creators of Paper) for their remixer event. They're a great startup and we can appreciate the fact that they view their artists and enthusiasts as a community. He got to meet the team and learned a lot of new tricks in Paper. Lastly Ra would like to thank Enrique Lastra at Apple, Amy Cao at Fifty Three, Jean Paul Germain and Lora Germain for all of their support.
From Google's launch press :
-- “People use the Internet to learn how things work, how to do something, or how to turn a hobby into a business. They find their answers in great content, created by great teachers like you. Now, there is a new way to help you share: .HOW, a place for thinkers, tinkerers, and knowledge seekers".
And we are part of this. Read the full press
And this is how our tagline looks like:
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