The Friday Scratch Project: A coloring and painting program
To encourage creativity, art, and imagination, especially in Pre-school ages and the first years of Primary, we can teach painting and coloring. A very common activity with paper and paints that why not transform the digital world? Today in our Friday Scratch Project we are going to teach you how to create a simple program to paint and draw directly in Scratch, an idea that has come to us from our reader Nekane.
From paper to screen
The idea of this project is to create an environment in which the user of the program can choose a template and color it with the mouse. Thus, a first approximation allows us to deduce that we will need the following:
owl clipart series of black and white templates for coloring, very easy to find on the Internet through the search engine. We will include
A pencil that paints when we click the mouse.
Different colors are available for the pencil.
Let's do it.
You will first need to have the templates you want to use. We've downloaded a couple of the thousands that are available completely free on the web, and added them as backgrounds to the stage along with a completely blank image that we can use for our more creative students.
You may need to resize the images or adapt them in some way. Always try to make them all appear in the same position and location on the stage (for example, we have placed it on the left, to leave the right part for a palette).
The code that we must add to the stage is the one that allows us to move from one background to another. We have prepared it with the right and left keys, although of course, you can do it with the ones you prefer; We have also added the necessary code so that when we press the space key, what we have previously drawn is coloring pages: https://varityskuvat.com/
Your Friday Scratch project is very inspiring! Is it suitable for people and children who want to learn the theory of colors? Simple coloring is good for kids. When my daughter was very young, I often bought her books with fairy tales, which she colored in whatever colors she liked. The therapist said it helped develop good thinking. For example, it shows if the kid understands what color the grass is, that the grass isn't purple or blue, and so on. When our daughter was 8, we bought her big posters to paint by numbers (https://journeyofsomething.com/collections/paint-by-numbers ). She loved the magical characters and landscapes. Probably, she'll become a designer or an artist.