From gathering inspiration to finding How To articles, ed to giving yourself a quick primer in obscure art movements before you teach them to your pupils, the internet is the best resource out there for art teachers and artists. You might use a few of these 10 Essential Web Tools already, but others are a little outside of the crayon box.
1. Stumbleupon – This application isn’t just about blog-surfing. With a few clicks, Stumbleupon can be set to cycle through art pages, illustrations, painting styles and periods, even tutorials, to give you instant inspiration for your next project. Try entering genres like painting, drawing, sculpture and graphic design.
2. GIMP – Like Photoshop, GIMP is a tool for photo-manipulation. Unlike Photoshop, it’s free. GIMP can do photo retouching, image composition and can be used as a simple paint program. It comes with a full suite of painting and blending tools, and lets you create custom brushes and patterns.
3. Color Scheme Designer – Using a color wheel and selection tools, you can quickly find complementary colors, triads, tetrads, analogic and accented palettes. Color themes can also be imported into Photoshop and Illustrator as swatches.
4. DaFont – Need a free good quality typeface? With options like “Fancy,” “Foreign look,” “Gothic” and “Techno,” you can find exactly what you want here.
5. What the Font! – If you need to match a typeface but can’t figure out what it is, upload a screenshot of it to What the Font! and this website will find the answer for you.
6. Creative Commons – This search service uses other search engines like Google, Yahoo and Flickr to find photos, music and text that is free to share or change. You don’t have to worry about copyrights since the images are pre-screened as free to use.
7. Art Education 2.0 – A free website for art educators where you can collaborate, debate, and share ideas and experiences with other professionals.
8. Sketchcast – When you want to show your students exactly how to do something, use Sketchcast. This fun web program records you drawing with audio so you can explain every stroke of your digital brush.
9. ScreenToaster – Similar to Sketchcast but without the audio recorder, this free screen recorder doesn’t require a download and is compatible with pretty much every system.
10. TubeChop – If you’ve found a YouTube video that you want to share with your class but you don’t want the whole thing, TubeChop lets you be your own film editor.
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