Last year, the MoMA opened its Materials Lab, a space for children to get their hands on art and digital painting programs. Now, there is an iPad app version for the popular learning space called MoMa Art Lab, according to the NY Times. Though the app was created for use at home, the museum will be placing iPads throughout the MoMA.
The Art Lab app has six activities that introduce the techniques of a particular art style, and then walks the user through an exercise that applies the said style. The exercises are meant to highlight certain artists and movements in the museum’s collection. Joshua Brustein of the NY Times reviewed the app’s six activities.
He deemed some of the featured sections as “worthwhile,” while he considered others to be “rather pointless.” In particular, Brustien applauded the activities for Scottish artist Jim Lambie, and another called Exquisite Corpse, which focuses on surrealist works. However, Brustein noted that the app lacks in educational content and focus on individual artists. Brustein also mentioned the Blank Canvas option on the app, which allows a user to work from be creative and work from scratch. Though he notes that this feature is available for many other, less expensive apps.
The works the user creates can be saved into the iPad photo library or sent to the MoMA.