Sketchbook App for Kids

One of my favorite apps to use for digital painting on the iPad is Sketchbook Pro (The free version is Sketchbook Express).  I thought it would be a good use of time for my students to learn the basics of the app on a day I couldn’t be in school.  Using a DVD version of my screencast featured below, the kids still get me as the teacher while my sub acts as the facilitator. I’m not even relying on my sub to know how to do anything with the app, but instead empowering the kids to help each other as they progress as a group through the tutorial.

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • May 31, 2014

    Brendon Ross

    This is a really cool app! I just downloaded it for my kids and might show it to my sister (who is an art teacher). I’ve noticed with my kids especially that trying to get them to play “learning” games or games that are not completely mindless is hard at times but if you include technology they almost always are game!

    Thanks for the cool suggestion!

  • May 19, 2015

    Geneva Chapman

    I love fingerprinting using apps and have illustrated some of my children’s books this way. What other kinds of technology other than apps do you use to create and teach art?

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