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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity encourages kids to be creative by creating faces using collage materials. It also provides opportunities for kids to share their creativity via email and social media as well as with other app users worldwide in a special gallery called FaceWorld. The overall design is very kid-friendly and fun and even introduces kids to symbolic elements of art. Parents may want to stay nearby while kids view the video lessons as the YouTube video suggestions that appear after viewing the lesson could be inappropriate for children. They should also remind kids uploading to FaceWorld not to share their real name.
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What's it about?
Kids have countless options to create faces using everyday objects such as food, candy, musical instruments, and toys, even customized sizes and shapes. They simply scroll through pictorial menus to choose their items and drag them into a facial outline. Kids can lock pieces into place, which allows them to layer other objects on top of each other. Kids can play the background music that comes with the app or add songs saved from the device (or turn off the music all together).
Is it any good?
The graphics are beautiful, and the interface is very easy for kids to maneuver. Most impressive, though, is the instruction in the video lessons taught by artist and children's book illustrator Hanoch Piven. Kids will come to look at everyday objects with an artist's eye. They can create alone or together with others, and then save their collages to the iPad's photos.
Kids also have an option of collaborating with the world by uploading their creations to FaceWorld -- a free online gallery. While there, they can select art created by others, download it, modify it, and they choose to upload it to the world again. Parents will want to remind kids not to use their real names when sharing artwork.
Talk to your kids about ...
Provide kids with a variety of materials for creating art. Take some inspiration from some of the items available in the app.
When looking at your kids' creations, ask questions. "Why did you choose that for the nose?" or "What inspired you to use that color as the background?"
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, innovation, making new creations, producing new content
Collaboration: cooperation, group projects
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
- Release date: September 6, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- Size: 207.00 MB
- Publisher: iMagine Machine LLC
- Version: 2.5
- Minimum software requirements: iPad iOS 9.3 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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