The digital sketchbook pages featured here were done using two apps: ProCreate and Pic Collage. In ProCreate you can draw, paint, import, crop and manipulate photos and work in layers. Object labels have been photographed and then pinched very small - the photographs can then be enlarged again later to retrieve information such as text and accession numbers so objects can be looked up in online catalogues when back at school.
With some knowledge of ProCreate and Pic Collage apps students can create several digital sketchbook pages in a 1-2 hour visit. Working with an iPad or tablet can enable some students to gather more material than by using a traditional sketchbook.
Apps such as ProCreate and Pic Collage are basic packages and therefore ideal for harvesting and collecting information in a museum, not for developing art techniques. We recommend using a stylus for any drawing work in an iPad or tablet.
The museums have developed a series of films explaining how to use some of the apps mentioned above as part of a museums art and design visit - you can watch the introductory film here.
You can find the rest of the Digital Sketchbooks series on the Ashmolean Website.