It sounds like you have a pretty nice setup for your art room
computer. Just reading it makes me have a new form of "computer
envy". I've asked for a computer but I was told there was no money.
How many computers do you have?
Next year the school will be expanding to 7th and 8th grade. What
graphics programs do you recommend for grades 4-8?
In regards to LCD panels, there is a variance in quality. One of the
classroom teachers has a LCD panel (only 1 year old) that has poor
resolution, even with the shades drawn and lights turned off. Check
on the quality before you agree to buy it. This is especially true
when you're dealing with such graphics intensive items associated
with an art class. Something similar in technology (I forgot the
name) combines the best of opaque and overhead projectors. With the
machine (it looks like an overhead projector) you can project books
and other opaque items with incredible clarity=AD without the size
limitations or heat problems associated with opaque projectors. You
can zoom in or out, focusing on small portions (or all) of a
painting. I've also done demonstrations i.e. drawing or cutting on
it, allowing all to see the demo while looking at the monitor. Some
more expensive ones even have a tray in which you can insert and then