Tux Paint By Ali Blake Claire Evers
Features of Tux Paint • Tux Paint is free computer art software for children. It is similar to ‘paint’, but it offers so much more...
Users of Tux Paint • The main features allow children, from 3 years of age, to follow the simple instructions and buttons to add shapes, stamps, artistic effects to their creations. • The buttons are large and colourful with pictures and texts which allow even young children to use without the need of too much adult input. • Although it is appealing to younger children, it can still be used and enjoyed by children in KS2 and beyond.
Functions of Tux Paint • Colours, lines, shapes, text, undo, erase and print options • Stamps - more designs are available to download from the website. • Magic – effects such as brickwork, calligraphy, blurring, lighter and darker, kaleidoscope, rainbow, ripple, mirror, waves, flipping the image, as well as changing animal images.
Use in the Classroom • In the early years this program could be used to support: • Literacy – creating pictures to support stories, text function would allow children to write captions. • Maths – the shape function provides children with a large number of different shapes to experiment with shapes and create pictures using them.
Positives and Negatives • Such a wide variety of functions. • Simple instructions and large icons make it easy to use. • Extra options, such as slideshow, means that it has a more versatile use in the classroom. • It is hard to move images once they have been positioned. • It might take children a while to navigate between the different tools on the toolbars.