Computer programs such as Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro can be used to colour line art. The line art used can of course be drawn by students. But are there times when it is OK for students to use existing line art - maybe line art, including clip art, found on the web?
Yes, and here are some suggestions: If the purpose of an activity is for students to learn to use the computer to colour images, why not save time by starting with an existing image (as line art) which the teacher can select and therefore control the suitability/quality/complexity of it. The final image will probably be one that gives students greater satisfaction.
If the activity is to produce, for example, a poster or CD cover or package which requires (in the brief) the inclusion of a Walt Disney cartoon character (or similar), why not provide students with the necessary line art. This is a situation in which professional designers would sometimes find themselves. Examples 1 Poster (Disney characters) 2 Mobile phone fascias (Disney characters) 3 Sheet music cover (Disney characters) 4 CD cover (Disney characters) 5 Postal Service ad (Bugs Bunny) 6 Packaging (Bugs Bunny) 7 Desktop Clock (Bart Simpson) 8 Glasses (Looney Tunes characters) 9 Packaging: Breakfast Cereal (Bart Simpson and Homer) 10 Packaging: children perfume (Disney characters)
There are many websites which provide free colouring pages/line art - click here for links to some of them The new web page also has a link to information about how to use the computer to colour black and white images