Magazine article Technology & Learning

JumpStart Artist

Magazine article Technology & Learning

JumpStart Artist

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Emphasis: Art and art appreciation. Grade level: K-2. Platform: Mac/Win CD. Price: $19.95; teacher's edition $49.95; site licenses available. Publisher: Knowledge Adventure, Torrance, CA; (800) 542-4240; www.knowledgeadventure.com 

Kid-tested and kid-friendly, JumpStart Artist lets budding Rembrandts create their own masterpieces while brushing up on art appreciation. This dynamic program offers a mix of activities, from drawing and painting to creating arts and crafts. Students also get a full range of tools: for example, in the Art Studio little hands can experiment with various media, including tempera, watercolor, charcoal, colored chalk, and spray paint. A 32-bit True-Color palette lets kids create and blend realistic colors. Pictures can be saved and displayed or even exported.

Jumpstarters choose from five activities based on the National Standards for Arts Education. In addition to the Art Studio, students learn about shape, form, and color by using a wacky paint machine, and they are introduced to Claude Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and other famous artists in a concentration game that encourages them to collect clues to match the artists with their work. …

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