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MoMA Art Lab
Pros: The basic drawing tools are great for digital doodling, and the art activities provide an excellent introduction to art.
Cons: The limited content may require some creativity to keep older kids interested.
Bottom Line: The overall experience is very open-ended, making it easy to bounce between creating and exploring art.
MoMA Art Lab makes incorporating the arts into your classroom easy. The activities provided might connect with some of the work you're already doing with your students, but the focus remains on the arts. Activities like Create a Shape Poem are an obvious link to literacy skills, while others might require a bit of creativity. Create a Mobile introduces the concept of balance and movement, but it's on the teacher to find a way to connect that with student work. Short paragraphs within each activity share interesting facts about artists, with potential for incorporating into other subjects.
MoMA Art Lab is a wonderful window into the museum's collection, sharing an introduction to modern art that is accessible for all ages. Those teachers interested in integrating the arts into their classroom should consider using this app as a way for students to explore visual arts at their own pace. Its simplicity makes it easy for a student with any level of experience to get started.
MoMA Art Lab is a free app for any budding artist or art enthusiast. Included are drawing and collage tools, art inspiration, art activities, a camera for screen capture, and a gallery. Want to take a trip to the Museum of Modern Art without going to New York City? MoMA Art Lab lets kids take a closer look at work from the museum's art collection. Students can get ideas for how to use the digital tools provided within the app, or get some inspiration to make art offline. Activities reference artists like Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Murray, and Sol LeWitt to encourage kids to create in a similar style. However you decide to get creative, you'll get a chance to explore art basics like line, shape, and color.
Students can experience creative play while practicing basic art skills. Some activities, like the group drawing of an "exquisite corpse," encourage collaboration, while other activities would most likely be used for self-paced exploration. The open-ended nature of MoMA Art Lab makes it difficult to track student progress, but the focus on play allows students to explore freely.
The activities introduce basic art techniques with a focus on line, shape, and color. Prompts provide enough context for kids to get started while remaining vague enough to encourage deeper exploration.