- Page Laughlin, Department of Art
- H David “Giz” Womack, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Goals of the Grant Project
To determine if one of the newest tablet technologies, the iPad 2, could be used as a dynamic “working sketch pads” in the artist studio of today, and if so, to investigate the potential of existing image capture, image editing and drawing programs for the iPad to facilitate instruction in painting classes.
Enhancing Teaching and Learning
This project met both the goals stated in the grant application. Professor Page Laughlin determined that both the iPad2 and the drawing applications tested hold promise for enhancing teaching and learning. This project was so successful that professor Laughlin purchased her own iPad2 to allow her to continue painting with the tablet after the period of the grant.
The iPad 2 proved useful as both a capture and create tool. The built-in camera allows the artist to take photos (of works of art or other objets) and the drawing applications allow those images to be inserting into those applications and then serve as the starting point for a new work of art. Applications like “Brushes” and “ArtRage” allowed for powerful Photoshop style layers as well as drawing/painting features. Tools like the Nomad Brush, and Targus Stylus allowed for the artist to effectively interact with the iPad2, while some tool like the POGO stylus proved less than ideal. Additionally, Paul Marley, Instructional Technologist for Art, created a digital grid that could be incorporated into the drawing applications. This proved very useful to Professor Laughlin. The issue of printing the final product was also addressed and solved by Paul Marley.
Painting on the iPad2 requires artists to learn a completely new method of painting. Professor Laughlin spent the Summer of 2011 mastering painting with the iPad and considering how it could be used in the classroom. The next step is to implement the use of the iPad in the classroom. This will require all the students in the class to have an iPad if not for the entire semester, at least for some portion of the semester and it will require them mastering some basic iPad painting skills.
Outline of Expected Educational Applications
Professor Laughlin will continue to use the iPad2 as a painting tool during the 2011-2012 academic year, with the goal of implementing an iPad2 assignment into a painting class. It is anticipated that entry level painting students will use the ipad in a two tiered process. For the midterm studio project ipads will be distributed and students will capture painting in progress, work with digital grid and value conversion layers in the Brushes and ArtRage apps. The subsequent studio project will reinforce use of these applications through more sophisticated color-to-value conversions in painting. Upper level students will be involved in exploring further creative applications of the Ipad, in partnership with Professsor Laughlin. The learning curve for the undergraduates use of Brushes and ARtrage should be minimal, but it is an issue to be resolve in the classroom trials.
Based on Professor Laughlin’s ongoing use of the Ipad as an evaluative aid and design tool for painting, it is anticipated that the Ipad will be used as an ongoing “digital studio assistant,” enhancing capacity to review and edit paintings in progress.
Artworks Resulting from the Grant Project
Drawing Applications (App Store)
-Sketchbook Pro $7.99
(Tutorials at http://www.artrage.com/artrage-tutorials.html)
-Adobe Ideas $Free, $1.99 for layers feature
-Artist’s Touch $4.99
-Layers Pro $5.99