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Cool Schools: Van Gogh Goes High Tech

7:39 AM, Apr 8, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Say "Hi" to Vince, the new assistant art teacher at Maya Angelou Charter School in Northeast.

Students in Deidra Bell's art class are learning how to draw and paint from a cartoon likeness of Vincent Van Gogh. He's the star of the program called "Art Academy" on the Nintendo DS-XL game system. The company is giving the units to schools in all 50 states.

Bell says, "It works so well for all of them, because they have zero amount of fear, none, and they are learning quickly."

Eamoni, a student, says, "I don't think I could paint in real life. I like this one, because it has all the color there for you. You can mix it. It has the paint brushes."

Bell says it doesn't take the place of traditional instruction, but it shows students where to get started.

"It's like the same thing, except I'm not wasting paper if I don't keep the drawing," says Barry, a student.

One of the other great things about these little devices, they comes loaded with pictures. You can also take your own photograph, because there is a camera right on the front of it.

Students can take their subject with them and work at their own pace.

From logos to dolphins to catching a wave, this high tech teaching assistant is pretty cool!

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