Ipads for our visual arts classes!

Apolline offers you visual arts courses at the cutting edge of modernity

Apolline has recently acquired 30 Ipads, an indispensable digital tool for related fields such as manga, comics, and illustration, in order to guarantee quality learning at the cutting edge of modernity. Observing the added value of the digital teaching offered by our comic book teacher Manga, we decided to extend this approach to all our visual arts classes. 

What are the advantages?

Teaching visual arts digitally can offer several advantages over traditional classroom instruction. Our professional teacher/mangaka Yami Shin won't argue with that. She works with a digital tablet, which allows her to save a lot of time and to use a variety of techniques. In addition, the use of tablets and digital drawing tools allows students to work more efficiently and creatively, giving them access to creative options that are not possible with traditional tools. In addition, the ability to easily share digital files facilitates collaboration between students and teachers, and allows for quick and accurate feedback on student work. Convenient! No more loose sheets of paper, students' work is now stored and organized on a drive to keep each piece of work safe. Finally, the use of the iPad saves paper, materials and tools, which is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach. The environmental cause is obviously a big concern for Apolline. 

What are the differences with academic drawing?

The traditional way of teaching visual arts involves the use of physical materials such as paper, pencil, paint, etc. Note that the handling of all these tools should not be neglected, as drawing at its simplest will always be done with a paper and a pencil. Even if we transition to digital, the rudiments of traditional drawing will not be put aside.
Conversely, digital visual arts instruction is done on tablets. Students use digital tools to create drawings and illustrations, with must-have features such as layers, editing tools, and real-time file sharing options. In short, traditional visual arts instruction emphasizes the use of physical materials and face-to-face interaction with the teacher, while digital instruction emphasizes the use of digital tools. At Apolline, we combine both methods to provide a more complete and rich learning experience, blending classical fundamentals with current drawing methods

What software do we use?

We decided to work on Procreate. This is a very popular digital drawing software, available exclusively for iPad. It is widely used by professional artists, illustrators and designers to create high-quality drawings, sketches and illustrations. Procreate offers a variety of digital drawing tools, such as brushes, pencils, markers, shapes, textures, effects and color settings. Procreate is also equipped with powerful features such as the ability to work with layers, save and replay drawings, import and export files in a variety of formats such as PSD, JPG, PNG and PDF, and use measurement tools for precise projects. It also allows you to work with time-lapse videos, which is ideal for artists who want to share their creative process on social networks. Procreate's interface is intuitive and easy to use, and it's easy to navigate between tools and features. Because of its power and ease of use, Procreate has become a benchmark for digital drawing on the iPad, and is used by many professional artists to create high-quality artwork.

Maybe you want to learn how to draw your favorite manga characters? In that case, nothing better than taking a comic/manga drawing class to learn how to draw them and share your interests. Apolline offers courses in Lausanne, Morges, Montreux, Bienne and Delémont. And to deepen your knowledge even more, you can take part in the comic/manga drawing vacation camps that take place all over the French-speaking part of Switzerland during the school vacations!

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