Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2013
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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity

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Collage-maker teaches symbolism and revs up creativity

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Pre-K-6 This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Excellent examples give kids ideas for creating their own art.

Cons: The collages focus mostly on creating faces.

Bottom Line: Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a don't-miss art app that encourages creativity at the same time as modeling it.

Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a sure-fire way to get young minds thinking outside the proverbial box and off the proverbial page. Although it's ostensibly an art app, the gentle challenge to and encouragement of creative thinking crosses over into generalized learning.

The FaceWorld community for kids to share their work or view others' inspires creativity and encourages collaboration. Though the options for the collages are not limitless, they are numerous. Kids will have fun trying different options.

Teachers should be aware that the video lessons are powered by YouTube, so other video options that may not be appropriate may pop up when the lesson ends.

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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a highly engaging brain-building tool that encourages kids to think differently as they make collage faces out of everyday objects. At first use, kids can watch a video tutorial showing what the app can do and how to do it. Kids can choose a background color and a base face for their collages and then add, by dragging and dropping, different objects that can become eyes, ears, noses, mouths, hair, or whatever other feature they desire. Kids can move objects or lock them into place, and they can pinch to make things smaller or larger. They can save their creations to the device, email them, share them on Facebook, or add them to FaceWorld, the Faces iMake community. Kids also can browse FaceWorld for inspiration and can download favorites to manipulate and re-create them. Kids also have the option to customize the music that plays while they create, adding songs from their device's library to the app's music player.

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Artist and children's book illustrator Hanoch Piven motivates kids to become artists. His video lessons model the creative process, showing kids how play leads to unique ideas. Piven thinks aloud as he plays with the objects. In the last lesson, he even broaches symbolism as he chooses objects that may be meaningful to the subject, like a compass for an eye for someone who knows where she's going, or a light bulb for someone who has good ideas.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Beautiful graphics and kid-oriented design engages young minds and makes them feel good about their original creations.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Artwork inspires creativity, and lessons led by the artist and children's author introduce kids to perspective and symbolism. Kids learn by doing.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The video tutorial shows kids exactly what to do with the controls, and the resources let kids easily create fabulous-looking art.

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Talhia E. , Student
Love Creativity

Really like this app because students can be creative.

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