1-2-3 Draw by Peel Productions (iPad)
Released: Feb 12, 2011
Version: 1.02
Size: N/A
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Ranking - Education (iPad)

1-2-3 Draw

Peel Productions
Know anyone who likes to draw?

1-2-3 Draw gives you proven, step-by-step instruction by the authors of the popular 1-2-3 Draw book series from Peel Productions. Creative, skill based, and open-ended, you'll find it engaging enough to keep kids busy for hours. And easy enough for grownups as well!

For a parent, the appeal is obvious: your child has a chance to create impressive drawings (proven success: we've sold over 12 million how-to-draw books), which they can then email to Grandma or their friends.

For a teacher, this presents a wonderful way to integrate technology in the classroom and also allow your students to have fun learning from an expert drawing teacher (which you're not, we'll guess :). Plus you don't need to buy paper, colored pencils, erasers, nor find storage space for them. Nor do you need to give up any classroom space for drawing, which you know your kids love.

Thinking about yourself? We've had more than one grownup react to 1-2-3 Draw by saying it makes them want to buy an iPad just so they can use this app (seriously).

What you get:

• drawing lessons in two styles: cartoons with professional cartoonist Steve Barr, or illustrations with children's book illustrator Freddie Levin
• 'bundles' of 6 lessons each; completing all of them earns a badge
• four bundles of six lessons each (value $3.96) included
• dozens of additional bundles available for in-app purchase
• simple yet powerful tool set - in other words, you're not going to be overwhelmed with a zillion brushes, effects, stickers, etc.

You also have a 'free draw' zone with a larger canvas. It's not Brushes (nor is it meant to be), but it means you're not limited to following instructions. The app's web site, 123drawapp.com, features a blog with free lessons designed to inspire and encourage creativity using the free draw zone.

For the benefit of parents and teachers, the app includes supervisor options, where you can create multiple user accounts, set individual account access permission, and decide whether completed drawings need your approval to earn a reward badge,

For a quick overview, see a 3-minute intro video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcqzaX2OjUI
Our verdict: Ok
  • + 1-2-3 Draw is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + It is currently 25% off its regular price.
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