What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brushes 3 is the completely overhauled version of the app Brushes. Kids can draw and paint with many features and there's no exposure to offensive content -- the content is all what you create. Creations are automatically saved in the in-app gallery and can be shared via email (JPEG or PNG files) or via Twitter.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
The multitude of painting options provided alongside simple starter choices help engage kids of all art abilities, from beginners to advanced high school artists.
All learning is via experimentation and reflection; there is no formal tutorial.
Kids can watch their creations play back step by step and share with others via Twitter and email. There's no formal tutorial.
What's it about?
Kids begin by simply experimenting -- swiping and then tapping to choose a color from the color wheel. Then kids choose one of 12 basic brushes (that can all be tweaked with numerous options) and create. Select a blank palette or paint on a photo or photos from your device's library. Pinch to zoom or change the palette size. It's easy to undo mistakes. Kids can also watch their creations played back step-by-step, and share with others via Twitter or email.
Is it any good?
BRUSHES 3 is a totally revamped version of the original Brushes app, which won an Apple design award in 2010 and was featured as the method used to create a cover of The New Yorker. Don't expect your child's drawings to be exactly magazine-cover worthy when they first start using this app, though. The numerous features can create masterpieces and messes.
It's fun to take a photo from your device's camera roll and add color, drawing, or even make a collage of photos on one canvas and add more drawn art to the mix. Or simply take a blank canvas and try out different brushes to see what comes out of some freestyle drawing fun. It would be nice to see a tutorial added. Still, Brushes 3 is easy enough for kids to use but complex enough for serious artists to see the possibilities.
Families can talk about...
Talk about all of the different brushes. What mood can different brushes evoke in your art?
If your kid seems stuck using just the basic brushes and features, help them dig deeper into all of the options on Brushes 3. They may not be obvious at first to many kids.