Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is a great tool for editing existing images or creating your own! It’s simple enough once you get the hang of it that people of all ages will enjoy using it for a variety of purposes. It is a fun resource that can be incorporated into lesson plans in many different ways, and teachers and students alike will have a blast. For the purpose of this blog, I will suggest a lesson plan that can use Sumo Paint in the same basic way for any age. This plan will, of course, be focused on the subject area of art.

One way that educators teaching any age range can use this tool in the classroom is by assigning a theme. Either each individual student, or the class as a whole can be given a theme to work with and told to create a work of art using Sumo Paint depicting this theme in their own unique way. For example, younger students could be given simpler things such as a shape or a colour (like “star” or “red”). The teacher can assign the theme and ask them to use Sumo to create a work that illustrates this theme. For the younger age group, a class theme rather than individual themes may work best. Each student should still be asked to create their own piece and explain their choices, but when they share their work at the deadline, having similar themes will help them recognise how many things could fall under that category, what those things are, and the fact that not everyone will come up with the same answer, as well as the fact that not every question has only one correct response. For older students, more in depth themes may be appropriate, such as a scene from their favourite book, a historical event, a specific style of art, or a landscape. Clearly, not every student has the same level of talent, but this is a good way to get them to do their research and emphasize creativity. Individual theme assignments would best suit this age range (though broad topics like “favourite book” or “favourite moment in history” somewhat presuppose individualised subjects), as they can offer a wide range of ideas and older students tend to be able to think more abstractly when given sort of open-ended assignments. This also leaves opportunity for them to explain why they chose that specific topic and why, which of Sumo’s tools they used and why, and why they chose to depict it as they did.

I hope these lesson ideas are helpful. Thank you for reading!

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