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Re: Visual Arts Applications for Elementary/Jr.

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Susan Palfrey (spalfre1)
Mon, 19 Jan 1998 19:25:14 -0500

I use Dabbler and Corel Photopaint 7 for paint applications, ClarisWorks,
ClarisDraw, and CorelDraw 7 for draw applications, and Hyperstudio 3.1 and
varous HTML editors for multimedia and web publishing. We also use a
scanner and digital camera regularly. Students start some work from
"scratch", but often a digital photo or a scanned sketch provide an
excellent starting point. I like having a choice of applications. Some
students want a simpler application with fewer choices while many love the
options in CorelDraw and Photopaint. I chose Photopaint over Adobe
Photoshop simply because it comes with CorelDraw and offers many, many
options (transparencies, layers, masking, etc.) and one can get the whole
CorelDraw suite for about $170 educational pricing with $95 additional
licences. In Corel, I customize the interface so that there are buttons
available for the options my students are most apt to use. (I keep a
backup of the files that maintains these options as the interface is easily

I work with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in a cross platform environment (6
computers, 3 Macs, 3 PC's). The applications are endless. Just about any
painting or drawing or 2 d design assignment that you give students in your
art room can be adapted to computer. Collage type assignments adapt
particularly well to the computer as any assignments that integrate text
into a design such as posters. Students have even made clay figures,
photographed them, and integrated the photos into their "paintings". In
Dabbler and Corel Photopaint one can choose brushes that mimic actual
drawing and painting materials. My advice is to obtain one copy of a few
programs and play with them yourself. The possibilities are endless.

>Question: What computerized applications do you use in your teaching?
> Are there interactive CD-ROM's available?
> Which ones are the best/most effective to use with students?
> I'm looking for most promising "technology" recommendations...


Sue Palfrey
Multimedia and Art Teacher
Falmouth Middle School
Falmouth, Maine