MoMA Art Lab

Common Sense Media says

Creative play is backbone of MoMA’s well-rounded art app.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The MoMA Art Lab opens on a blank canvas, with tools and resources that make it easy to get started. 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The private gallery allows kids to create a collection of their digital artwork. By default, all share features are disabled, but can be enabled by parents from the MoMA Art Lab panel within the iPad Settings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the MoMA Art Lab is an iPad app that introduces kids to modern art and gives them the tools to create their own. Included are drawing and collage tools, art inspiration, art activities, a camera for screen capture, and a gallery. The ideas and activities prompt kids to get creative with the digital tools provided within the app, and could easily be adapted to a hands-on activity. Activities reference artists from the museum’s collection, and inspire kids to create in a similar style. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection

Collaboration

  • group projects

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The app opens on a blank canvas surrounded by inspiration from museum-featured artists. The simple drawing and collage tools make it easy to get started, but the limited content may require some creativity to maintain interest from older kids.

Learning Approach

Activities include fun facts and lead kids into projects inspired by artists from the MoMA’s collection. For example, Create a Shape Poem makes a clear connection to literacy skills, connecting adjectives to identify the different parts of your drawing.

Support

Kids can get started anywhere, with access to rich resources for learning about the arts. Any artwork made is stored in a private gallery. Gallery share features are disabled, but can be enabled by a parent.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection

Collaboration

  • group projects

Kids can learn basic art skills while experiencing creative play. Some activities, like the group drawing of an "exquisite corpse," encourage collaboration, while other activities would most likely be used for self-paced exploration. The open-ended nature of MoMA Art Lab makes it difficult to track student progress, but the focus on play allows kids to explore freely. The activities introduce basic art techniques with a focus on line, shape, and color. Prompts provide enough context for kids to get started while remaining vague enough to encourage deeper exploration. The overall experience is very open-ended, making it easy to bounce between creating and exploring art.

This Learning Rating review was written by Megan Leppla

What's it about?

MoMA Art Lab is a free app for any budding artist or art enthusiast. Included are drawing and collage tools, art inspiration, art activities, a camera for screen capture, and a gallery. Want to take a trip to the MoMA without leaving the classroom? The MoMA Art Lab lets kids take a closer look at work from the museum’s art collection. Kids can get ideas for how to use the digital tools provided within the app, or get some inspiration to make art offline. Activities reference artists like Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Murray, and Sol LeWitt to encourage kids to create in a similar style.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MoMA Art Lab is a wonderful window into the museum's collection, sharing an intro to modern art that's accessible for all ages. Its simplicity makes it easy for kids with any level of experience to get started and explore visual arts at their own pace. Some activities, like the group drawing of an “exquisite corpse,” encourage collaboration, while other activities can be used for self-paced creative fun.

All activities introduce simple art techniques with a focus on line, shape, and color, and prompts provide enough context for kids to get started while remaining vague enough to encourage deeper exploration. However they decide to get creative, kids'll get a chance to explore art basics and delve into techniques used by famous artists.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about modern art. What makes something like an Alexander Calder mobile a piece of art? 

  • Keep a pencil, paper, scissors, and other art supplies on hand to try some of the activities offline.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 19, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:135.00 MB
Publisher:MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Version:1.2.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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