Education Technology is Building the Next Generation of Artists


Creativity is only enhanced by education technology

Even in 2017, creative pursuits like music and the fine arts are shrouded in myth and mystery. From painters who have famously odd relationships with their muses to writers who can’t work without a rotting apple in their desk, art is seen as largely esoteric. To the uninformed, their professions have remained stuck in time – all a musician needs is his instrument and an audience, and all a painter needs are some paper and something to scribble on it with.

But as any professional musician or artist will tell you, technology is inescapable in their fields. This does not mean the old techniques are obsolete – one has to crawl before they can run. Understanding sheet music and having a sound aesthetic sensibility is still vital to producing good art, and these can only be learned through rigorous study and practice. However, students who wish to pursue more creative careers must embrace the technology it runs on. The easels and cellos in art studios and music rooms across schools are increasingly being enhanced by the addition of educational technology that – by accident or design – is helping build the next generation of artists.

Here’s a look at a few examples of education technology that our artists in making are hopefully all familiar with:

Smart Boards
Art education is not just about learning how to draw well. Understanding the history of art, aesthetics, and learning about techniques used by the Masters is a big contributor to the development of a budding artist. This is an easy entry point for art education technology. Smart boards, for instance, make it easier for art educators to find references for artists to study, point out brushstrokes for students to emulate, and teach art history in an interactive and stimulating fashion.

Drawing Tablets
Digital art increasingly becomes standard operating procedure in the art world. Most artists – even those who are selling their original pieces at galleries – have to produce digital versions of their creations. Whether it is to draw, colour, edit or enhance, tablets are an indispensable tool in the arsenal of any young artist. Luckily for the broke art student, cheap versions of the supercharged tablet of their dreams are now within their grasp. A starter tablet is a great education technology product for anyone – from those pursuing serious artistic ambitions to the casual doodler drawing silly webcomics for the internet.

Read more: Importance of creativity in the classroom

Music Notation Software
Artistic expression is not restricted to the fine arts. The popularity of electronic music is a great example of how technology has revolutionised music, but that does not mean that it is only for the Tiestos of the world. Musical education technology has been helping budding DJs and classical composers alike for a while now. A great example is the use of musical notation software for musicians who need to practice listening to and notating compositions in order to train their ears. Finale and Sibelius are popular products that are used by professionals and students alike.

Art Editing Software
Art begets art. A final product can be modified, enhanced, and recreated using art editing software to create something brand new. Whether it is a meme that is on the verge of going viral or a captivatingly dynamic version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, art editing software is now a permanent fixture in the toolbox of any artist and a piece of education technology necessary for art classes world over. Whether it is freeware like Gimp or old stalwarts like Photoshop, knowing the basics of art editing are now an expected skill anyone working in a creative field is expected to have.

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