Digital Sketchbooks: using tablets on a museum art visit

""... I have been able to express my art and ideas in a simple and easy way, whether itís for homework or just for fun." (Yr 9 student)

""Ďa quick, eclectic way for the students to generate design ideas based on first hand observations, whilst at the same time generating images derived from a cultural experience." (Art & Design teacher)


This resource is the result of a collaborative project with The Marlborough Church of England School to explore the ways in which tablets can support a Museum art visit.

Watch our short films to see highlights of the workshops we ran, as well as lessons learnt by all involved. These are also available to download as podcasts.

Download our supporting PDFs that provide an overview of the 3 apps that we used in our workshops, as well as ideas for art activities using tablets.

View the gallery of work created by Year 9 and Year 12 students from The Marlborough Church of England School on their visits to the Ashmolean

We hope our resources inspire you to bring your own devices to the Museum, alongside your paper sketchbooks!

We'd be happy to advise – please contact us if you'd like help planning your visit.



Film: Introduction

Film: Pic Collage

Film: Brushes

Film: 123D Catch

Film: Conclusion

Five reasons to use tablets on a museum art trip
by Adrian Brooks, Joint Museums Art Education Officer

  • a creative tool to record activities and create a journal in a studio, museum or gallery
  • record, analyse, organise, harvest and save information quickly – maximising the time in the museum
  • use painting and drawing tools to reproduce the qualities of oil paint and watercolour, charcoal and pastel electronically – materials not normally allowed in a museum gallery
  • camera function allows selection, cropping and lay out of information quickly and efficiently
  • back at school / college – can share, remodel and display work using a projector or through social media channels


PDFs to Download


Gallery of Student Work

Bird detail from Forest Fire using Brushes (Year 12)

Flower detail using Brushes (Year 12)

Flowers from Convent Thoughts using Pic Coll. (Yr 12)

Flowers using Pic Collage (Year 12)

Horse and rider using Brushes (Year 9)

Islamic Art using Pic Collage (Year 9)

Islamic tiles pattern using Brushes (Year 12)

Islamic tiles pattern using Pic Collage (Year 9)

Pic Collage of Islamic Patterns (Year 12)

Brushes Animals Portrait (Year 9)


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