For students to be creative while creating art, Google tools and activities may offer various ways.
Technology may offer numerous ways for students to be creative while creating art, but there is no substitute for getting your hands dirty with finger paints. Aside from creativity, technology may help students explore and learn about art in novel and fascinating ways.
Google offers some of the top free digital art tools to aid educators and students with teaching, learning, exploring, and producing art. The many tools and activities offered give practically limitless options.
Top 10 Google Tools Art Education and Activities
1. Doodle for Google
Google debuted its first “Google Doodle” in 1998. The company’s founders were planning to spend a week at the Burning Man Festival and wanted to let people know they would be out of the office. So they modified the standard Google logo on the site to one that contained the Burning Man logo for the second “O,” and it has since been a mainstay of the website to present unique variants of the Google logo to commemorate events, people, and ideas. Google has held an annual “Doodle for Google” contest since 2008, in which K-12 kids design and submit their own artwork for the Google logo. Winners’ artwork is exhibited on Google’s website, and they get substantial scholarships and technology bundles for their schools. Students may join by combining any type of art with something they are passionate about.
2. Curator Table
Curator Table is one of Google’s initiatives in which you may explore a vast virtual 3D gallery of artwork. You may just explore with your mouse, or you can use the search option to find art by a certain artist, style, or item. When you discover the artwork you desire, clicking on it will take you to a page with further information about it. Try it out here!
AutoDraw is a basic, user-friendly drawing tool that includes most of the standard functionality such as drawing, filling colors, scaling, adding text, and more. But wait, there’s more: Google’s AI is included in AutoDraw to assist you in drawing by taking your squiggles and doodles and proposing to replace them with pre made clipart style pictures. Some examples of prospective applications include:
- Notes for a sketch
- Story illustration
- Making a scene
- Flyers and posters are examples of desktop publishing.
- Innovative drawing
4. Just a Line
Is it feasible to draw in 3D digitally? As a result, Google developed the “Just a Line” smartphone app. You may move about and draw in your actual area with this augmented reality app. This is how it works:
- Download the app: Android or iOS
- Start the app and aim your camera around you.
- To draw a few feet in front of you in the air, use your finger.
- Walk around and draw in various places.
- You may see your 3D drawing overlay in your actual area as you move around.
- You may invite someone to join you in drawing in the same place by clicking the “Draw with a partner” button.
- You may record a video of your 3D art and share it with others by clicking the “Record” button.
5. Art Palette
Art Palette is a color-based search engine that enables you to search through thousands of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works depending on the colors you choose. The findings may then be used by students to investigate similarities and connections between the color-matching art. This is how it works:
On the Art Palette website, click Launch Experiment.
The color bar at the top allows you to choose the colors for your palette.
A grid of artwork with your colors will display.
Users may either upload a photo or use a camera to shoot a picture for the site to match against by clicking the “From an image” button.
6. Pixel Art
Remember the good old days of video games and their primitive yet endearing digital art? “Pixel Art” is a drawing technique in which users create artworks using a tiny grid and a restricted amount of colors. This strategy teaches people what is necessary to depict an object or concept by requiring them to be creative within constraints. Users may create pixel art by applying color to the cells of a spreadsheet using Google Sheets’ “paint can” button. To make things simpler, I created a spreadsheet template that employs conditional formatting: just write letters into the cells, and the matching colors will fill the square.
7. Mondrian Art
Create Mondrian Art Using Google Sheets.
Mondrian Art, named after the great Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, is a kind of abstract art that employs a regular-yet-irregular arrangement of squares and rectangles, frequently filled in with primary colors. Mondrian Art, which is made up of several different-sized rectangles and squares, is the ideal style to create using digital tools such as Google Sheets. Using Google Sheets, you can join cells to make rectangles of varying widths, and then fill them in with colors using the “paint can” button. To make the procedure easier, I created a template that sets up the sheet such that the cells are all perfect squares. Find out more. Mondrian Art Design Template
8. Google Drawings
I just discovered Julie Lyle’s fantastic project on utilising Drawings to create self-portraits. Here’s the core concept:
- Make a Google Drawing and insert a photograph of yourself.
- Make coloured shapes for all of the various parts of your image using the “Polyline” tool and the “Curve” tool.
- After that, you may delete your original underlying photo, leaving you with a digital “clipart-style” image of yourself.
- “Doodle Yourself with Google Drawing” video demonstration.
9. Google Arts & Culture
The Google Cultural Institute’s Google Arts & Culture is devoted to collecting and distributing art, photography, and original source materials from throughout the world and throughout history. Items are categorized by subjects, artists, mediums, movements, historical events, historical figures, locations throughout the world, current events, and more. Students can get closer to pieces of art and historical artefacts than they can at a museum with Google Arts & Culture. Google scanned or photographed the digital things using an ultra-high resolution camera, making every brush stroke, word, or similar detail evident. Even better, some of the collections include 360-degree videos and photos for a more immersive experience. Google Arts & Culture’s mobile app (Android or iOS) has a fun selfie option that analyses millions of artworks to discover a match for your own face.
10. Mosaic Google Drawings
This mosaic project, like the self-portrait activity above, is another creative method to make art using Google Drawings. In this project, you change a source image using colored shapes such as mosaic tiles or stained glass rather than attempting to make a realistic replica of yourself.
Here are the fundamental steps:
- Set the background colour to black while creating a Google Drawing.
- Insert the photo you want to change.
- Then, using any of the “Shape” tools or the “Polyline” tool, cover the image with quadrilaterals, triangles, or other shapes that suit your taste.
- Allow some space between the shapes so that the background may be seen afterwards.
- Colourize the shapes to match the area of the image they cover (you may use the default colous supplied by Drawings, or you can use a color picker extension like ColorZilla or Eye Dropper and then set a custom fill color).
- After that, just delete the original image and you’re done! The colored tiles on the black background are what remain for your final mosaic art.