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Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad
Pros: Wide selection of brushes allows kids to create amazing detail.
Cons: No way to disable the ads that appear on every screen.
Bottom Line: Easy tools and technology make a good artistic learning tool, despite the ads.
Use Sketch Guru's movie feature to demonstrate techniques step by step for students. Or have students use it to sketch, and then observe and evaluate their process via the movie to give feedback on technique. As students grow their practice, have them record their own "live draw" videos to share with classmates. Students could also use Sketch Guru to practice visual note-taking during class lectures and discussion, or while watching videos, to turn what they're hearing into visual concepts and explainer drawings.
With Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad, students create original sketches by starting from a blank canvas or by altering photos or existing works accessed through the gallery. Students or teachers can save their sketches and share them via email or social media, and use the movie function to play back their drawing process, step by step. Choose from 17 or more brushes (depending on the platform), a full color spectrum, and a color picker, and then work in layers and undo or redo strokes. The brushes include interesting artistic options like watercolor, single stroke, fur, long fur, circle, and square. Adjust brush width and opacity, too. If users can tune out the ads, they can use Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad to create, assess, and share their sketches.
Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad has the quality sketch tools you'd pay to use, so it's too bad the ads can be so distracting. The black and neon art screen looks more like an '80s video game than a serious sketching app -- but that is quite misleading! Within the app, the brushes work beautifully, and users can create sketches with the quality of a paper sketch pad. For teachers, the movie option is especially helpful. Create a sketch to demonstrate a technique and then play the movie for the class. Students will see step by step, in movie format, how the teacher created the work. You can easily share sketches via email or social media, or save them to the device. Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad does not have the professional-level features of Autodesk Sketchbook, but for a free option (with the annoyance of ads), it enables users to explore and create easily.