Below is a collection of good applications students can use on Chromebooks to engage in creative tasks involving drawing, sketching, and painting. The applications are simple and easy to use. They offer a distraction free environment conducive to deep reflective learning. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback.
ArtFlow is a great digital sketchbook that comes fully equipped with over 100 brushes and tools. Students can use it to create beautiful drawings and paintings. Some of the features it provides include: over 10 layer filters, intuitive and accessible user interface, layer clipping mask, stylus pressure support, import/export in various formats including PNG, JPG, and PSD, palm rejection, and many more.
Another good painting and drawing app that offers a powerful suite of tools and features. These include “Oil Brush, Watercolor, Airbrush, Palette Knife, Paint Roller, Paint Tube, Ink Pen, Pencil, Felt Pen, Wax/Chalk Pastel, Eraser, Flood Fill, Glitter Tube, Gloop Pen. Each tool has a range of settings that reflect familiar properties such as paint thinners or pencil tip softness. Tools apply texture as well as color, and blend under the brush.”
Infinite Painter is a drawing and painting app that provides access to the following tools: over 160 natural brush presets, four types of symmetry, layers and Photoshop blend modes, draw 3D cityscapes with five different perspective guides, selection and clipping masks, export images as JPEG, PNG, PSD, or ZIP, and many more.
Canva works best for designing and sharing visuals. You can use it to create posters, flyers, logos, covers, thumbnail for YouTube, social media graphics, and many more.