I must begin with week’s blog with a confession – I am absolutely rubbish at art or anything remotely artistic, I know nothing, I am completely incompetent. At primary school my teacher had to salvage all of my efforts to make them look like something recognisable. My secondary school art teacher just looked at me in despair.
However, even I can see the value in SumoPaint – a free drawing and image manipulation website which looks a bit like Photoshop but is so much simpler to use (and as previously stated it’s FREE!). You don’t have to install anything or register with the site (although this is an option). You can create artwork from scratch or upload your own images in order to edit them or apply effects. There is huge choice of features available including pencil, ink or paint brush tools, text editing, shapes, clone tool, crop, gradient fill and a symmetry tool as well as filters, layers and special effects.
I would have liked to display some of the features on here, but I don’t want to embarrass myself!
Whatever you create can be saved onto your computer – even if it is a work in progress – as you can open it up again within Sumo & resume your handiwork.
The only real downside when using this in the classroom (and this is nitpicking) is that there are adverts on rotation at the top of the screen. However, the site is free so this is not surprising plus I am sure once pupils get started, they will be so engrossed that the ads will be ignored.
More next week