In this day and age, old-fashioned methods of life are slowly dwindling. Very few of us handwrite notes, almost everyone uses their cell more than a landline, and we are coming into an age where cars drive themselves.
It should come as no surprise then that art too has gone the way of technology. With Disney’s complete abandonment of traditional methods, we are now looking at an age of completely digital animation. (Oh, sure; there will always be artists who paint with an actual brush; they are just growing few and far between.)
I too try to make a point of exposing my children to the vast world of digital art. Due to my husband already being in the illustration business, we have a collection of applications which hold the standard in the digital art realm.
On the laptop my children frequent, they have free access to such programs as Photoshop, Illustrator, Comic Life, and more!
Over the course of our normal school year, they have a free rein in how much they produce and which projects they work on. Come summer, mommy usually pulls them in and hands out assignments for the upcoming LA County Fair.
This summer we are looking to reproduce a favorite illustration from a children’s story. My younger kiddos stuck with the program and have picked some cute choices. “T” has decided to come up with something completely different and I am allowing her to differ from her siblings. (I think she is old enough to start making some choices of her own.)
No matter the project, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to hone in some skills which need work, to learn some new tools they might not have previously explored, and to get some training from their pop.
(My husband started off as a “traditional” artist, so we still dabble in paint and other mediums. However, more and more, digital art is becoming the norm.)
Has your family had any fun exploring art in a digital medium?