Tuesday, January 8, 2013

iPad Art - Words and Landscapes - Manipulating Traditional Art with an iPad

Have I mentioned how much I love iPads? Once or twice :)

This first semester we've been enjoying our 6 iPads in my art rooms. Students have to take turns or work in groups but they don't seem to mind. They all love working with them. We will be working on creating original works directly on the iPad soon, but for now we have been using them to transform our traditional works in a few different ways.

The first example of this is adding words to the Grant Wood inspired Landscape Collages. After students finished their collage works, they used the app WordFoto to add a set of words to their art. Students learned how to use the iPad to photograph the artwork. Then they added 5-6 words that were inspired by their artwork. The first word they were asked to add was their name.

Here's one of the traditional works -

And here's her work full of words - 

The WordFoto app is customizable so that students can pick different fonts, colors, and other options to make their work as individual as them! They had fun playing around with the settings.

When a student liked their digital work they emailed it to me so that I could add it to their Artsonia Gallery.

The best part of this project was how the students worked on it. I showed the whole class using the iPad hooked up to the projector so they could see how it was done. Then while most of the class worked on another project, 6 students came back to an area of the room to work with the iPads. I helped these students on the steps, answering their questions and showing them some options. When they were finished I showed them how to email the image to me. Then the magic began - these students were asked to go bring another classmate back to the table and they taught that student by using words or pointing (not doing it for them) how to use the app and then how to email it. So by the time everyone's work was done they had been taught how to use the app and then they taught someone else how to use it!


  1. I love how your students taught each other! Thanks so much for sharing your teaching procedure (and logistics for sharing the devices) regardless of the app. I've got to get on Dropbox!

  2. Love this idea, but I cannot find WordFoto in the App store?! Could it possibly be called something else?

  3. It's actually an iPhone app but works great on iPad. Here's a link -
    Go to WordFoto

  4. Hi Theresa
    My school adminustrator tried to install this app to our iPads but said it wouldn't let her. Do you have to do anything special to get it on?

    1. Jessica,
      I have no idea what the problem would be. That's a new one to me. What did it say exactly?

    2. Well, I don't know because I didn't do it myself as our administrator is the only one who can buy and install apps directly from the iPad. I don't have access to the apple ID. My colleague said that there was no option given to download it to an iPad. As I am not at all familiar with apple technology I am not sure what to do. Can I just download the app to iTunes on my PC and then transfer it to the iPad instead of an iPhone? Right now we are on holidays in Western Australia so I have to somehow work around the school apple ID. My children helped me out with their ID.

    3. Jessica,
      Even though it's an iPhone app it will install onto the iPad. Many apps are both so they will install just fine. You do have to sync it to the computer that has the iTunes account that it has used before. Though the should be no reason it can't be downloaded directed from the iPad in the App Store. Perhaps she just thinks it not right because it is an iPhone app. Sorry...I guess I'm not much help.

  5. Thank you, Theresa.I will just give it a go!