There are plenty of creative iPad apps that let kids play with sound and images, but how many of them feature the artworks of Henri Matisse? A new app called MoMA Art Lab does.
It’s the work of the Museum of Modern Art, one of the world’s most famous museums. The idea behind its app is to help children and their families “explore how artists use line, shape, and color, and create your own artwork inspired by MoMA’s collection”.
This means making shape poems, sound compositions and drawings, which can then be saved and shared with the museum itself, or with other people via email or Twitter.
Importantly, this sharing feature is turned off by default, so it’s your choice as a parent whether to switch it on.
Artists whose works are included are Henri Matisse, Elizabeth Murray, Jean (Hans) Arp, Jim Lambie, Brice Marden, among others. It’s a really impressive idea – especially for children who for whatever reason (e.g. The Atlantic Ocean for us Brits) can’t get to MoMA itself for the moment.
MoMA Art Lab costs £2.99 on the App Store.