So Loving This! At the Arkansas Art Educators Conference I attended a session on paint.net. It has some similar components to photoshop but it has a free download and seems to be easier for students to use.
Ok... this was my first experience at using my new friend paint.net so I have a long way to go I know, but it was super fun. I did this first with my afterschool digital art class of 3rd-6th graders. We did a quick look at the site that I had downloaded in our lab at school. We took headshot photos of each of my students. They learned how to design the background and tools for editing. They learned how to take images and overlay them after cutting and cropping. Our next piece was to add text, but unfortunately time was not our friend. It took us 3 class periods to complete just this piece, but by our final class they had the hang of it and were ready to do more! I am planning to try it again with my 6th graders this 9 weeks and try a different lesson. My fingers are crossed and the students can't wait! Below is a quick you tube video link that shows you some basic tools of paint.net as well as the site for the free download. The download site has random download buttons so be sure you just click the one you need.
Click below to watch a quick how to video to showcase some of the tools on the site.