In our ever-evolving digital age new products, advances, and apps come out daily. I recently tweeted out a picture of my students playing Blendamaze, and the @Blendamaze handle responded in no time with a suggestion for their new color harmonizing puzzle game, Har-mo-ny. In the past couple of weeks, another art teacher shared out yet another addictive color game, Blendoku. As my students finished up a project this week, I gave them the option of exploring these color games as preparation for our color mixing and color theory unit we will be starting. They LOVED all of these, and I was excited because it was providing some background, review, and practice for the color concepts we would be using! I even play these myself and find them very addicting!
Blendamaze: ($0.99) – “You think you know your color theory? Try Blendamaze and discover a challenging, addictive new way to put your color theory skills to the test!” This is a rolling ball labirynth game in which players move the iPad to roll the ball in various paints to come up with the correct ratio of paint on the ball before moving on to the next level. It starts with the primary colors and gradually gets more complex with secondary colors , intermediate colors, the full spectrum, complementary, analogous, and triadic colors.
Har-mo-ny: ($0.99) – “The addictive puzzler is pleasing to the eye, music to the ears and challenging to the brain! Your objective is simple, yet deceivingly complex: rearrange the blocks according to a harmonized palette of colors. Blocks may only move horizontally or vertically and each block must use up all its moves. Sophisticated color palettes range from simple boards with 3 colors up to incredibly challenging 10-color boards. As levels increase, so does the intricacy and beauty of each color palette.” This one gets a little tricky when moving the pieces, especially if the only move is flip-flopping a color in its own color line, but once those little hints are provided, the students fly through these!
Blendoku: (FREE) – “A puzzle game that will challenge your ability to distinguish and arrange colors. The game is based on color principles and exercises taught in art schools around the world.” In this game, you are arranging colors by gradation and value and also by how the color would interact with those on either side if mixed together. It’s an awesome game for exploring value, schemes and some slight color mixing The best part is that levels may be skipped if they’re too difficult.
The multitude of relevant, educational apps, especially for the arts, really amazes me. The possibilities for exploration, supplementation, and acceleration for our students has grown immensely. I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface with these three apps in the color category. There are so many other great art apps out there, each category almost needs its own conversation!
If you’re interested in exploring more apps, here are a few websites that have some great lists:
Which color theory apps have you explored? Are we missing any?
Do you do any color theory projects on the iPad?
What other art apps do you use in your art room?