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Beautiful iPad Art from Teacher Jenny Oakley

School of Excellence

If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember us mentioning that Cedars School of Excellence was the first school in the UK (and pretty much everywhere else) to roll out a 1:1 iPad program to their pupils.

We have been following their challenges / successes via Frasier Spiers blog for a while now and we have been enchanted by what the pupils and staff have been creating and sharing via their Flickr feed (and more recently in our iPad Creative Art and Design Flickr Group).

Jenny Oakley - iPad Art

Dawn by Jenny Oakley

Leading by example Cedars' Art Teacher (and Head of Guidance) Jenny Oakley has been prolific, using her iPad to create some beautiful pieces that we really love.

Jenny's use of colour and texture is inspiring and really shows what can be created on the iPad with a very healthy dose of artistic talent. Using iPad painting apps such as ArtRage and Brushes, Jenny achieves results which are sometimes light and playful, often stronger, darker and emotive.

What's the Story?

We are always fascinated by the creative process and the story behind an image. Jenny has been kind enough to provide us with some of her thoughts and comments about her artwork below and using the iPad with her students. Over to you Jenny...

Tree of Knowledge

I painted the 'Tree of Knowledge' just after we had implemented our 1:1 iPad programme. There was a lot of debate at the time about allowing pupils such a high level of access to the internet for fear of all the dangers and negative content they might access.

I was trying to explore this theme by suggesting that the internet is like a digital version of the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden and, for our pupils, their access is through the iPads. There is all the knowledge of all that is good as well as all that is bad out there on the internet.

Education should not be about hiding this from pupils but about educating them to make right choices in what they access and guiding them as they learn to navigate this environment. It should not be prohibitive but should prepare them for choices they will face as adults.

Box of Delights

"Box of Delights" was also painted on this theme. It shows a girl opening a box with the streaming light of many delights pouring out.

The box is decorated with computer circuitry as, in a similar way to the Tree of Knowledge, it represents the vast potential and opportunity open to us in the digital environment.

The box is a direct reference to Pandora's box but I didn't want to call it that as only dark, negative things came out of her box.

What comes out of the 'digital' box can be used for good or ill depending on the user.

Is it a box of delights or is it a Pandora's box? We need to educate pupils about these issues.

Gone Swimming

"Gone Swimming" was my first ArtRage painting. I wanted to experiment with a wider range of art apps, especially those which simulated real materials - ArtRage was the most realistic I found.

I really loved using ArtRage, especially with all the textures that I could create, the vibrancy of the colours and realism of the interaction of the simulated materials.

I have been using it ever since.


Instrument was one of my first experiments with the app 'TypeDrawing'.

I was fascinated with the possibilities presented by using text (or in this case musical notes) as a brush - it seemed so expressive.

I wanted to see how far I could develop this and used TypeDrawing and the musical notes again to paint "Cello" whilst in a Vivaldi concert in St Martin's in the Field Church, Trafalgar Square, London.

About Painting with the iPad

I love using the iPad to paint as i feel it has opened up a whole new world of creativity for me. I hadn't really done much of my own artwork over the years until I got the iPad in May 2010.

All of a sudden all the barriers of time, materials, space and possible failure were taken away and I was enabled. I could paint anywhere and at any time - I didn't need a large area in which to work or have to spend a lot of money to set myself up and find my 'niche'.

Neither did I have to set aside large blocks of time which, to be honest,  I didn't have - I could paint on the bus, before I went to sleep, in my classroom whilst pupils were working or while waiting for a doctor's appointment.

There was also no price attached to failure - it was so easy to try things out and experiment with the undo and redo facility and of course there were endless canvases and materials available.

And due to the size and portability of the device, and the immediacy of the medium, no one had to see any artwork until I was happy with it.

My favourite painting apps are ArtRage, Brushes, Typedrawing as well as Moodboard for my sketchbook. 

Painting on the canvas of the iPad with digital media is just another branch of art - it is neither more nor less important than traditional methods, it is just different. It requires the same creativity, imagination and level of skill to manipulate the media and develop work as does more traditional materials. It is a different media with different nuances, techniques, possibilities and limitations.

On using iPads with Students 

I have found creating artwork on the iPad very successful with pupils. It provides a safe, structured environment in which to experiment and develop their skills, confidence and creativity and takes away the fear of the 'blank page'.

The 'undo' feature is very significant as it allows endless experimentation and thus improvement. I have found that the skills and creativity developed on the iPad do transfer over to traditional materials - pupils have more confidence and are more willing to try.

The increased expectation of success enables them to create a more skilful piece of work. This further boosts their confidence and encourages them to try harder again and so their artwork continues to improve.

Thank you Jenny, for sharing your thoughts and experiences and also for letting us include your images in this post.

Sporting iPad Art by David Kyte

David Kyte is a very talented artist, mainly painting sports cars in both 'model' and action poses. He is also a fine iPad and digital artist, having posted a good number of images to the iPad Creative Flickr group. We found this video portfolio from David on YouTube and thought we would let you know about it here.

We like David's work a lot and hope you do to, enjoy the video:

You can see more of David's iPad art (and buy prints) on his website, on his YouTube channel and see more iPad paintings in his iOSĀ Flickr set.

iPad Art from Nori Tominaga

Nori Tominaga is a 2D and 3D artist with a very impressive portfolio (we've included his showreel below).

Nori has let us know via Twitter about a couple of his recent pieces and the Brushes videos he has produced to share his creative iPad painting process.

We like Nori's style a lot so we thought we would share these videos with you. This first one features in his most recent blog post: Seascape Plein Air

The caricature below made us laugh, but we also think it is really cool. No introduction needed:

Here is some of Nori's other, commissioned, illustration work in his showreel, it's great stuff:

Nori Tominaga - Showreel from Nori Tominaga on Vimeo.

You can see more of Nori's creations and find out more about him over on his website, and you can keep up with his new creations by following him on Twitter.

Who Would Have Thought a DIY iPad Stylus Would Be So Cool?

We just found this video on YouTube by artist and iPad user kobausks. He has made his own stylus out of a felt tip pen and tape, creative and economical!

But it is the results he gets from it that are impressive, he demonstrates using it with a range of Art apps on his iPad and even using one of our favourite apps Splashtop Remote to control Art apps on his Mac.

It is definitely worth watching the whole video, English titles are included but it might be better to watch in HD to see them better, or are we just getting old?

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