Every so often, more and more frequently in fact, I’m asked to teach people how to draw and paint on tablets. Depending on who’s asking it can be a range of age groups. At the Ben Uri gallery I work with adults, on a St Peter’s craft morning its children.
In as much as each group brings something new to the table there’s little difference (actually that’s not true… Nine times out of ten adults are far more scared to start than children are). But each group is certainly fun to run.
This morning it was the turn of the 5-12 year olds and it was a lovely session. I could only fit 6 kids on my table and with 25 there it was a busy morning with lots of laughing and coo-ing over peoples shoulders (there were 3 other tables of other things to do on the hall that said so it’s not like people didn’t get the chance to play with something while they were waiting.
I’d brought 6 loaned Samsung Notes with me, 3 Note 10.1s, 2 Note 3s and a Note Pro. Each are great machines and the kids loved drawing on photos of each others faces using the very wonderful ArtRage app.
All in all – lovely fun. A huge shame the Samsungs have to go back this week, have thoroughly enjoyed working with them…
Well, some days are just worth writing about.
I’ve been lucky enough to be selected as Shack Shack’s artist in residence until Christmas. It was a great opportunity which has only become more beautiful and wonderful with the absolutely fabulous Christmas decorations which they have put up – huge and extraordinary baubles.
…which made it a fabulous place to run a tablet art class:
Time wise it was a tricky one… We had to be at the College in the morning and then had the afternoon and early evening to be there. We got the first train possible and arrived just shy of 3pm. All of the students found their seats and I dished out the tablets we would be using: 3 x Samsung Note 10.1s, 5 x Galaxy Note 3s, a Galaxy tab 10.1 and a Note Pro 12.9 inch tablet.
Basically? Samsung all the way 🙂 Which is fine – I’ve often said how much I like the S-Pen integration and the only thing that has given me hesitation about the devices have been the lack of some of my favourite apps.
But one of my favourite apps, ArtRage, has hit the Android store in a partnership with Samsung for the next few months (it’ll be available on other Android devices in 2015.
We were joined by three very cool tablet artists: Jonathan Lawlor, Edward Ofosu and Valerie Beeby. I’ll post their artwork into this thread soon but here are some of the pieces my students did, on their first shot with ArtRage on Samsung Galaxy tablets. We had an hour and a half to draw and Shake Shack spoiled us rotten.
and the first piece by one of the visiting artists (mine is the picture above this text incidentally) is by the very fabulous Edward Ofosu 🙂
More to come… More pics being uploaded tomorrow and over the weekend 🙂 The very marvellous Dame Kath of Jones (below) took a huge amount of photos which I can’t wait to see when I catch up with her next…