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10 Best Arts Tools for Middle School

In middle school, students become more aware of the world and their place in it. They're naturally inclined to work through these thoughts and feelings by creating art. We've put together this list of great arts tools for middle school, with an eye toward a range of styles and mediums sure to satisfy the diverse tastes, interests, and talents of your middle schoolers. Whether they're inclined to make movies, games, music, paintings, or social connections with fellow young artists, these tools effectively enhance creative abilities and encourage self-expression.

MoMA Art Lab Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Interactive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
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DIY - Skills For Kids Publisher: DIY
From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Green Screen by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
Versatile, easy-to-use moviemaker yields great results
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Paper by FiftyThree Publisher: FiftyThree
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Sketchbook Express Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
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GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
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GameMaker: Studio Publisher: YoYo Games Ltd.
One of the best creation tools available for aspiring game developers
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
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The Orchestra Publisher: Touch Press LLP
Stellar interactive features bring classical music vibrantly to life
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $13.99
Platforms iPad
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Flat Visit Website: https://flat.io
Terrific composition tool empowers budding musicians to create, share
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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