As a child did you ever do any finger painting. I used to love it. The end results were never much good (though my mum thought that they were brilliant!) but the mess I was allowed to make was great. This video gives a whole new meaning to ‘finger painting’. It is a wonderful example of how the latest technology can be used to create some brilliant art work. This is by an artist called David Kassan using the Brushes app on an iPad. Apparently it took about three hours.
Another great artist, David Hockney has been creating such work, first on his iPhone and more recently on his iPad. Here are some comments he made about the art he was painting on his iPhone:
People from the village come up to me and tease me, ‘We hear you’ve started drawing on your telephone.’ And I tell them, ‘Well, no, actually, it just occasionally I speak on my sketch pad.’ Who would ever have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing. I like to draw flowers by hand on the iPhone and send them out to friends so that they get fresh flowers. And my flowers last! They never die!
What a thought – being sent an original David Hockney on your iPhone! My favourite quote is,
I have got an iPad, what a joy! Van Gogh would have loved it, and he could have written his letters on it as well.
While David Hockney and other creative people are embracing technology, our educational leaders are still debating its place in our schools, still debating whether or not it promotes learning. While artists use their mobile phones to create works of art our schools are banning them! Why are we getting it so wrong!