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Background and Meaning of Launching the Digital Art Education in Primary Schools and Junior/Senior Middle Schools

Nearly every child likes drawing. Although not all of them can do it well, they still like drawing because it is a way to express their feelings. For some senior students, they normally tend to paint realistically owing to the awareness gained through maturity but are distressed about how to draw, and then gradually lose self-confidence and are not interested in drawing any more.

On the other hand, more and more computer games have been emerging and attracting lots of young fans. Some youngsters are even immersed in chatting on-net and computer games every day. It seriously affects their studies and physical and mental health. Why not to combine the two ones? That means using a computer to teach students drawing and creating.

As education reform is deepening and information technology is being well applied, original educating mechanisms are no longer adequate for students’ needs. Fortunately, a combination of art and information technology brings about a new power. As a basis of art, drawing is now undergoing a silent but substantial transformation

Information technology has been widely used in art and creative work in the developed countries while it is still in an initial stage in China. Although many Chinese universities and colleges have set up the digital art major to train talents in the field of cartoon, movie & TV play, and game manufacturing, most primary schools and junior/senior middle schools still lack an intimate knowledge of digital art. It is fair to say that there is a gap between the basic education and the need of higher education.

Basic art education actually is a kind of life-art education, not a kind of professional art education. At classes, students utilize basic art techniques to express their feeling about the life and nature of which they have known. What they have learned is not a kind of professional art education, but a kind of life-art education, with the content contributing to their life and physical and mental health. The aim of basic art education is not training artists. As we know, most children are very keen to get know about life and nature. They are full of hope, curiosity and fun, and they like playing and drawing to relieve unhappiness and nerves. To get twofold results with half the effort, schools should conduct a digital art education to cater the real needs of the students.

At present, a series of new goals have already been listed in the outline of art education and IT education in China. Both art teachers and IT teachers had better adopt the advanced concept, create an active and creative learning environment for students, and develop digital teaching materials to help students get involved actively.

The qualification of launching the digital art education in primary schools and junior/senior middle schools

Computer Classroom: At present, nearly all Chinese primary schools and junior/senior middle schools have been equipped with a computer classroom, which serves for both IT lessons and other lessons. As a matter of fact, all these schools are eligible to launch the digital art education and conduct a study on the digital art.

Digital Interface: Wacom bamboo one small CTF460 (recommended to students)
• An entry-level drawing interface designed for purchasing from primary schools and junior/senior middle schools
• Working area 16:10, light and thin
• Paper-like hand feeling, using like drawing on a paper
• Continuous reading speed up to 133pps,
• Designed for both left and right handwriting
• A package containing 10 panels, 11 pens, auxiliary pen point, exchanging device and a sling
• Three-year free maintenance

Digital Screen Series
• Screen: a-Si TFT dynamic matrix liquid crystal screen
• Working size: 346.23 x 195.53 mm
• Interaction method: electromagnetic receiving
• Pressure sense class: 512 class
• The integrated digital interface features a high precision and high resolution ratio. Wireless and battery-free pressure pen features a high stability and long life length.
• The surface is very plain and brimless, using like drawing on a paper.
• The pen can be saved on the top of the screen, and also can be fixed on the host computer to prevent loss by a sling if necessary.

Drawing Software:
The on-net edition of the Qiyi Painting King is well functioned; easily installed, operated and maintained; high-speed; compatible with Windows series; very easy, stable and compatible.
• Friendly installation: compatible with all Windows series without any website protocol or setting (such as IIS)
• Easily set: doesn’t require all single machines to be verified. Multi-machines can be used simultaneously as long as inserting a lock into the server
• Multi-users: can support up to 60 users (or 100 users) to meet the needs of the school
• Auto-maintenance: can be maintaining by teachers and doesn’t need professional maintenance
• With the function of online class management, works management, works appreciation and etc.

The advantages of a combination of new technology and drawing education

1) Compared with traditional drawing, digital drawing has many advantages

(1) With a totally new technology, the digital drawing means incomparable convenience and creativeness. There is never an unsatisfied piece of work on the computer, because you can modify and re-edit the image through tools and technology. But as for drawing on paper, the thing is that a little mistake probable means a disaster. Owing to functions like the Back or Remove functions, digital drawing is easily redecorated, which caters to the needs of children as they are so young that they can’t help but make some mistakes when drawing.

(2) Drawing on a piece of paper is normally limited because it is complicated to be copied. As for the works conducted by students, there is only a small part of prominent ones that can be exhibited outside the school while others only can be appreciated by the student themselves and the teacher. Now there is a wide on-net platform waiting to show the students’ works to the whole world to exchange and share each other’s pieces, which contributes to an increase in children’s self-confidence and interest.

2) The developing of drawing software and hardware creates a favorable condition for digital drawing

As software and hardware develops, drawing can now be finished by a computer. Much software can imitate well hand-drawings, such as the Qiyi Painting King, an amazing tool with pure Chinese intellectual property right. It offers abundant setting choices to make works from watercolor paintings, sketches, chalk art to Chinese landscape paintings… Its simulation capability is astonishing. It features a combination of various techniques to enrich the visual effect, and is equipped with user-defined brushes to cater the different needs of the creation process.

On the other hand, hardware is well developed also, CPU speed is becoming faster and faster, hard disk capacity larger and larger and internal storage price cheaper and cheaper. All these contribute to the developing of digital drawing. Especially the digital-interface, also known as the pressure pen, which can totally replace mouse input to further simplify the drawing process. It can create various vivid lines, no matter the what feature of the lines is, dry, wet, strong, light, big, small, thick or thin.

3) Digital drawing education promotes the development of traditional drawing education

Although digital drawing is very convenient and effective, we should not abandon traditional drawing. The features of digital drawing including convenience, high efficiency and changeable function provide a basic preparation for traditional drawing, especially for sketching.

4) Lead students in a healthy direction

When growing, some children are not interested in traditional drawing any more. They tend to paint realistically owing to cognition maturity but are distressed about how to draw, and gradually lose their self-confidence. On the other hand, more and more computer games have been emerging and attracting lots of young fans. Some of them are even immersed in chatting on-net and computer games every day. It seriously affects their studies and physical and mental health. Why not try to use a computer to teach students drawing and creating. The combination enables students with weak drawing ability have the opportunity to create a wonderful piece of work and subsequently improve their self-confidence and interest; it can also transfer the concerns of a batch of computer games fans and make them understand the real purpose of computer.

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