Inspire

LQ: 8.4

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Brain grade: 8.0
Fun score: 8.8

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Inspire is a painting, drawing, and sketching app which allows users complete creative control over their compositions. Users choose to paint from a blank canvas or from a gallery of images, utilizing a full pallet of vivid colors, as well as different sizes and styles of paintbrushes. Inspire closely recreates the sensation of painting, as it’s realistic and responsive. But unlike painting, users can undo 10 times in a session in the free version and an unlimited number of times in the paid version. Inspire allows users to be meticulous: they can drip paint onto the page, or use a small paint load amount and a small brush size. Although it will make a painting as well thought out and detailed as some of the the pictures in Inspire’s gallery, with practice, users will become well versed in basic painting technique, while exploring some of the more creative sides to the app. There is no inappropriate content in Inspire and we recommend it for users ages 4 and older.


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This App Is Good for kids who need help with:

Self-Control

Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.

It's a little harder to paint with detail using a touch screen, compared to a real paint brush. Therefore, it's even more important that users proceed with delicacy. Starting with a smaller brush size might be beneficial, as it keeps users from smearing paint or making glaring mistakes. Most object are not one solid color, but a combination of different hues and tones. In order to make object appear more realistic in Inspire, users must understand the importance of combining colors, shading, and using the dry brush when applicable. While the project will take longer, these strategies ensure that users take their time to represent the subject as best as they can.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Painting is an expressive activity. It allows users to think creatively while tuning into their own thoughts and feelings. The arts as a whole, music, performance, acting, and painting all foster the self-awareness thinking skill. The app doesn't really have a singular function that lends itself the the self-awareness thinking skill, but the act of painting certainly does. Once users finish a project from a blank canvas, they begin to deconstruct their own work by making an attempt at metacognition, or thinking about one's own thinking. Users should call into question their motives for color choice, form, and angles of strokes. If the brushstrokes were swift and angular, the colors darker, and the shapes amorphous, users might get the sense that they were expressing anger with that particular composition. Painting is a good way to tune in with one's feelings.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

What makes Inspire particularly good for the flexibility thinking skill are the many different options for customization. Users choose from three different brushes -- a flat brush, round brush, and fan brush -- each with their own shape and unique set of characteristics and stroke patterns. Users also control the amount of paint that is loaded onto the the brush at the beginning of each stroke. Smaller paint loads are run out much faster than larger paint loads. Using dry brushes, users can then move the existing paint around the canvas, which is a good way of mixing, blending, and forming new colors. Users can even rotate the paint brush for different shapes and more interesting brush strokes. It's important that users experiment and practice different techniques in order to become a more well round Inspire user.

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