By Laurie Couture
Pedagogical Consultant , EngagED Learning
Despite the apparent contradiction, art and technology can coexist! It is possible to show appreciation or produce a work of art thanks to a variety of solutions. Various platforms and tools are accessible for free depending on the intended use. Here are a few techniques for enhancing arts education with digital technology.
1 – Visit a Virtual Location
In recent years, a number of tourist-oriented organizations, including museums and art galleries, have created online platforms that let you explore their spaces as if you were actually there. If you can’t actually visit, you can still give your “appreciation” for the works in their surroundings for free. For instance, the Vatican Museum offers the option to view its exhibitions in 3D. The Louvre Museum lets you walk between various rooms directly on its website.
You can choose from a wide variety of places to visit on this website.
2 – Use Online Libraries
As a complement to the first item, which focuses more on complete visits, it is particularly important in this instance to be able to access the collection of works that a cultural institution possesses. To provide an appreciation and discuss the history behind the works of art, students might examine descriptive documents of statues, paintings, and historical objects. They can also serve as a source of inspiration for “similar to the style of….” creations. There are a number of online resources available to help you.
Tools you can use:
- Google Arts and Culture
- Canadian Museum of History (online collection)
- Canadian Online Art Book Project
3 – Create a Portfolio
Students take great pride in their creations. It could be a good idea to recommend that they build a small personal museum in the form of an artistic portfolio so that they can collect all of their pieces and show them to their family and friends. Depending on the amount of items to be displayed, digital resources at hand, and the teacher’s goal, this can take the form of a mini-gallery, a presentation, or an entire website.
Tools you can use:
- Google Sites
- Google Slides
- CoSpaces Edu (create your own virtual exhibition!)
4 – Discover tools for creating digital visual art
Digital technology can be used to create amazing projects in addition to consulting and publishing. Students can achieve the objectives related to the production of personal or media images by using platforms for image editing, video production, or drawing. Here, the possibilities are essentially infinite. The students’ creativity is the only limit.
Tools to create images:
- Google Drawings
Tools to create videos:
- Green Screen by Do Ink
- Stop Motion Studio
Tools to create drawings:
- Tayasui Sketches School
Arts lessons are great settings for students to let their imaginations run wild. Giving them goals to work toward and letting them choose how to showcase their learnings should be engaging. This can catch them off guard and give them the opportunity to improve their digital abilities at the same time!