Art Education iPad Apps – Which Ones Are the Best?

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Apps ipadMany schools are beginning to redirect money once set aside for textbooks toward technology and purchase iPads. Although some app prices may seem out of reach, they often can purchased in bulk for a fraction of the listed cost.

So what are the best apps to actively engage your students in meaningful art content and help you organize curricular resources? We included our favorites but want YOU to be the judge where they belong on the list!

Please feel free to interact and rank up or down what apps you set as a priority. View as a list or filter by tags such as painting, organization, collage, etc.

Please leave a comment on how you use it in your art curriculum!

The Best iPad Apps in Art Education
The Best iPad Apps in Art Education

Teaching Palette The Best iPad Apps in Art Education

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What iPad Apps are most useful for student learning and engagement? We have listed our top apps that promote CREATIVITY and ORIGINALITY. Please help rank the most useful, leave a comment, and add to this list of the BEST apps for art education!


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  1. 1  Dropbox


    Great way to send and retrieve documents and images.

  • 2  ArtRage


    Lots of great textures and layers for making beautiful artwork. Student example here:

  • 3  iMovie


    Pricey but it is a fantastic app if you want to do any video production with your students.

  • Percolator app is useful to create abstracted effects. Nice introduction to using the iPad for younger students. See student sample here:

  • Teach your students all sorts of symmetry applications including tessellations. Learn more and see student samples here:

  • Motion HD is an intuitive and powerful time-lapse and stop-motion app for iOS.
    Take pictures, edit your movie and export HD 720p videos to your device or directly to Youtube. See how this was used for claymation:

  • Is a good drawing app with layers for more advanced interactions. Here is a nice review of the uses in the art curriculum:
    Here is a video overview of the featueres:
    SketchBook Pro offers more layers and additional features including the Photoshop format. Check out this video geared toward kids learning the basics of Sketchbook Pro.

  • Create virtual sketchbooks for each of your students.

  • 9  Evernote


    This is great for teachers to use to organize lesson plans or older students to organize resources. Check out this post for more ways teachers can use in the classroom :