What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 123D Sculpt is an innovative art app that allows users to change and paint basic sculpture shapes of heads, bodies, airplanes, dogs, basic shapes, and more into endless sculptures. If kids click on the "News" tab, they'll go to a page where there are a number of examples of favorite sculptures of the week chosen by the creator's staff. A few of the images here (bulging red eyes and tattooed, morphed faces) might be scary for some younger kids. Kids can share their creations via social media sites, so parents might want to discuss when this is appropriate. Also, the app offers in-app purchases, so parents not wanting that option should turn off in-app purchases in the iPad's settings.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- making new creations
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Older kids will be enthralled by this amazingly powerful, free app for creating images that can wow, confuse, and challenge perspective. The visual complexity can make this frustrating for younger kids.
As kids try out the art of digital sculpture and painting, they exercise imagination and the mastery of a multitude of tools and options. Kids can learn about shapes and objects.
Kids can share the sculptures they create (including those that include images taken from their own camera) via YouTube, email, Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr, and the community gallery.
What's it about?
Kids choose from a variety of basic, gray objects, such as a dog or an airplane, to begin sculpting more unique figures. Using 123D Sculpt's tools, they can do many things, including elongate, twist, bulge, and flatten the image of the object before painting it. The tools let kids use their hands on the screen in ways like pinching and smoothing; it feels like manipulating real clay in some ways. Kids can also import and manipulate photos from their iPad's photo library. There are many options for posting and sharing their creations online.
Is it any good?
123D SCULPT is an amazingly powerful, free app for creating images that can wow, confuse, and challenge perspective. That said, this can be a frustrating app for younger kids who aren't yet able to grasp the 3D concept, or for older kids who need more direction that the initial tutorial and very basic tool-tips. But for the artistically inclined, this app will open new worlds of possibilities for invention and creativity. Kids can share the sculptures they create (including those that include images taken from their own camera) via YouTube, email, Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr, and more. So it's a good idea to review rules about what sort of photos may not be appropriate for this sort of tool, and a reminder that people who are in the photos may need to give their permission for their image to be used and morphed if posted publicly.
Families can talk about...
Remind kids to ask permission of people who are in photos they manipulate if they want to post them publicly.
Show kids real-life objects that illustrate the concept of three-dimensional shapes like cylinders, cones, and cubes.
Work with kids to make homemade sculpting clay (you can find recipes online) -- or buy it to work with at home.