Best iPad Art and Drawing Apps for Your Classroom

Best iPad Art and Drawing Apps for Your Classroom

One of the most important things we can do for our kids as teachers and parents is to encourage their creativity and artistic self-expression.

The best part: all the apps come without the cleanup mess of traditional art tools, making less work for you, the teacher.

1. DRAWING PAD BY MURTHA DESIGN INC

Cost: $1.99

4 stars (1,794 ratings)

Drawing Pad is a versatile app that allows you to create your own art using photo-realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, roller pens, stickers, chalk and more. Students simply tap a tool, choose a color and start drawing—it’s that simple.

Two coloring books are included with the download, and you can download 10 more via in-app purchase. Students can share their art via email, Twitter or Facebook, or print it with AirPrint.

2. DOODLE BUDDY BY DINOPILOT

Cost: Free

3.5 stars (209,572 ratings)

Doodle Buddy for iPad is the most fun students will have with their fingers, as they finger paint with thousands of colors, and drop in playful stamps. If they mess up, they can undo their last stroke or to start over by shaking the iPad. No cleanup mess, no fuss, and the price can’t be beat!

3 .123 COLOR HD BY STEVE GLINBERG

$3.99 (a lite version is available for free)

4 stars (117 ratings)

123 Color HD Premium Version is a clever app that combines coloring books with hand writing guides, and includes 400 coloring pages. It works on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Through coloring and freestyle finger painting, kids learn numbers, shapes, colors and letters in 13 different languages including English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

4. MONSTER COLORING BOOK BY PLAYTEND APPS

Free

4.5 stars, 125 ratings

This is another excellent coloring app with great reviews and a price that can’t be beat (free!). With Monster Coloring Book, you get all the fun at the touch of your fingers, clean up is simple, and the coloring is just as fun.

5. DRAWING BOX BY NGUYEN TAN HON-HU

$2.99 (a lite version is available for free)

4.5 stars (674 ratings)

This app offers a wide range of drawing and painting tools, as well as 10 different color palettes with a real color mixer to create a personal palette. Magic pens let students create special effects like autumn leaves, animal footprints and cartoon drawings. They can even record their work as a movie, and then replay it or send it to a friend!

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