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Botanics: DrawingDESCRIPTIONBotanics: Drawing is one of a series of innovative art education apps a first of its kind digital resource that brings together quality content, interactivity, and virtual teaching artists into the classroom. Botanics: Drawing is the first in the series five apps designed to be used with the free Botanics: Introduction app to provide an educationally sound program for teaching or learning about visual art. Drawing is a brilliant starting point as it is a fundamental skill for all visual arts learning. Other apps in the series cover painting, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture.The Botanics: Drawing app contains a five stage learning sequence:Learning about artist and their worksLearning about the elements and principals of artLearning and practicing skills and techniquesCreating artworksReflecting on and presenting worksExperienced teaching artists have brought tried and tested methods, activities and ideas to the development of the Botanics apps so that anyone can have the resources to learn about and teach visual art to a range of age groups from pre-school to lower high school.Designed for use with iPads, and in the classroom with smart boards and data projectors, the Botanics apps have been trialed with students from 5 18 in Australia and Asia with glowing recommendations from teachers and students.REVIEWSChildren from two organisations and in quite a wide age range spent two very happy hours with Fullerton and Free and their Botanics app. They learnt how to hold a pencil like an artist, they drew from observation and from their imaginations. Timed drawing exercises and drawing without looking at their papers caused great excitement. And they were all thrilled with their final batik paintings. Art Reach India KEY FEATURESA visually engaging and educationally thorough resource, the Botanics: Drawing app features:information on how to discuss and understand artworks of artists extensive teacher notes hidden in tabs to use in preparation for delivering the content to students in the classroominteractive elements for engagement and learningmaterials listsscaffolding experiments and explorations that address the theory and skills that underpin creating artworksvideo demonstrations of activities that are described with simple step-by-step instructionsexamples of artworks made using the activities in the appideas for undertaking reflective critiques of student worksinformation on how to display works guidance for assessing according to curriculum requirementscross curriculum connections