Slimber is simple online flash based drawing tool and gallery. Once users have completed their drawing it can be played back from start to finish- a useful way of seeing how the images on the site are created. The site also hosts a gallery of work which you can view and play back. Have a look at this amazing image of 3 candles and then watch how it was created –a great way to begin discussion on shading, blending and the use of colour.
How can I use Slimber to enhance teaching and learning?
Unlike with many drawing packages Slimber has a very limited toolset and yet when you look at the gallery this does not prevent users from creating some stunning artwork. It’s a fantastic way of opening discussion about art in general and a comparison of the skills required in relation to digital art compared with traditional techniques. Images are also a great way to stimulate writing and this site has a huge user gallery. Why not ask your pupils to find their favourite image and then share it with the rest of the class or try to recreate an image using traditional paint materials? The site can also be used to look at feedback and the role that it can have as users can leave comments and rate images.
The only downside to this site is that it does have advertising and it doesn’t appear to be moderated.