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Trace a Photo to Make a Cartoon

Not sure how to draw? You can trace images in photographs to create cartoons using Google Slides. Try it!

  1. Create a new presentation in Google Slides. Rename it trace.
    If asked to pick a theme, pick Simple Light. Click OK.
  2. Click Layout. Pick Blank.
  3. Add a picture as a background to lock the image you will trace:
    a. Click Background. Beside Image, click Choose.
    background dialog box
    b. Click Search. Find a simple photograph that you can trace.
  4. Search for an image.

  5. Click the Select line arrow . Pick Curve or Polyline.
  6. Click around the shape of the object to trace it. TIP: Do not click on the same spot twice!
  7. Trace around the object.

    To edit, right click on the shape. Select Edit Points.

  8. Make the other shapes and adjust the object order. Add details to make it look great!
  9. Add shapes to the cartoon.

  10. Click Background. Click Reset to remove it.
  11. Trace a photo.

  12. To save it as a picture, select Download as from the File menu. Pick JPEG.

This is the “Trace a Photo to Make a Cartoon” Extension Activity from the TechnoGallery technology project. Check out the project to see how young students can use digital art tools to create a gallery of fun, original masterpieces.

Launch a Business Venture with Your Students

TechnoRestaurateur Computer Project

Are you a teacher using Google Apps? Are you looking for an engaging and authentic computer project to inspire your students? Just this week, TechnoKids announced the most recent technology project designed for Google Apps for Education: TechnoRestaurateur, a unique integrated project that uses Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Drawings.

In this project, middle and high school students launch a new restaurant concept, create professional documents, and build practical, real-world spreadsheet skills to analyze the success of their business.

TechnoRestaurateur Computer Project

Applying critical and creative thinking skills, students begin by conducting a survey of their peers. They organize the data in Google Sheets, create a pie graph, and use the results to make decisions about the restaurant. Then they use Google Drawings to create a company logo.

The next step is to write a professional letter with Google Docs in order to raise seed money.

TechnoRestaurateur Professional Letter

With the funding secured, students design a floor plan.

Restaurant Floor Plan

Build graphic skills using Google Drawings to design a restaurant floor plan.

Once the restaurant has opened and operated successfully, financial earnings are analyzed. Using Google Sheets, students organize monthly profits and analyze their earnings to develop a business strategy. They calculate and graph quarterly and average earnings and learn how to interpret a trend line to predict future profits. Finally, the business is advertised using a newsletter to potential investors as a franchise opportunity. The newsletter includes the restaurant logo, floor plan, and earnings graph to support the promotional text.


Checklists in the workbook build organizational skills and help students to ensure that they have completed all parts of the assignments.

For teachers, TechnoRestaurateur includes editable marking sheets and a skill summary checklist.

The TechnoRestaurateur computer project also has optional enrichment extension activities:

  • Use Functions to Analyze Earnings – Experiment with additional spreadsheet functions to analyze restaurant financial data.
  • Share Your Files with Investors – Create hyperlinks that link to other documents and then share the newsletter with potential investors.
  • Use Google Slides to Advertise a Deal – Design an animated electronic bulletin board to display special offers or upcoming events in the restaurant.
  • Use Google Forms to Rate Opinion – Build a survey about the restaurant. Have peers rate the food, service, menu items, entertainment, or an idea of your choice. Design a rating scale, have peers complete the survey electronically, and then analyze the summary of responses.

Read more about TechnoRestaurateur, view learning objectives, and see sample teacher guide excerpts and completed sample projects at Technokids.com.

Integrate Technology and Visual Arts with Google Apps

Support the Creative Process in Primary Students

Integrate technology with TechnoGallery.

Integrate technology and art with TechnoGallery.

In a previous post, I described TechnoGallery. Not only is this project fun for beginners, but it integrates technology into the visual arts curriculum. Using Google Apps for Education, the activities in TechnoGallery gradually introduce drawing tools and techniques to support the creative process of making art using technology.

To start, students explore and experiment with tools. Next they study artwork to gain inspiration. Afterwards, they apply their skills to create a series of creative designs. The completed artwork is shared with an audience in an art exhibit. Students then reflect upon the experience.

Integrate Digital Art Tools into Visual Arts

There are many benefits to including digital art tools into visual arts:

  • Encourage Playful Discovery of Art Tools: Exploring program features is a fun act of discovery. The artist can “click around” to reveal the purpose and options for each digital art tool. Each click provides instant feedback.
  • Invite Risk Tasking into the Creative Process: Digital art can easily be revised. The artist can instantly undo an action, revert an object to its original state, replace an image, or adjust a design. This provides the freedom to take chances.
  • Experiment with Different Design Choices: An artist can keep their original artwork intact by making a duplicate. This allows them to make different design choices on the copy.
  • Explore the Elements of Design: Digital art tools allow the exploration of line, color, texture, shape, and space.
  • Develop an Understanding of the Principles of Design: Digital art tools allow artists to make choices to create contrast, repetition and rhythm, variety, emphasis, proportion, balance, unity and harmony, or movement.
  • Combine Multiple Forms of Media in Artwork: Digital art tools allow an artist the ability to combine a range of media such as objects, images, and text onto the same canvas. This presents a wide range of creative possibilities.
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills for Art Making: Creating digital artwork requires precise movements of the hands and fingers. Artists gain coordination by using digital art tools.
  • Realize an Imagined Idea: Artists often have ideas that are difficult to create because they lack the skills to draw what they imagine. Digital art tools can support artists by providing them with tools that bridge the gap between imagination and ability.
  • Incorporate Digital Art into other Work: Digital art can be easily inserted into a presentation or report. This allows the artist to express their ideas using other media.
  • Share Original Art with an Audience: Digital art can be shared with a large audience. It can instantly be uploaded to a website, posted in a blog, or sent in an email message.
  • Respond to Artwork Digitally: Digital artwork can be commented upon electronically. This allows the artist and the audience to have a conversation about the work.

Learn More About Google Drawings Activities

Integrate technology The TechnoGallery technology project is a unique way to develop fundamental computing skills. The drawing activities develop the fine motor and keyboarding skills necessary for using technology efficiently. In addition, by producing an animated art gallery, students learn basic graphic, word processing, and presentation skills to provide a foundation for future learning.

Create with Google Drawings and Slides

Can young students use digital art tools to create works of art? Yes, they can with Google Drawings!

TechnoGallery – introductory activities to investigate digital art tools – is the latest release from TechnoKids Inc.

Designed for students in Grades 1 to 5, this project uses Google Apps for Education to integrate technology and visual arts. Through guided exploration, students create a series of original art pieces to convey an emotion, tell a story, send a message, and express an idea. The art activities develop fine motor, keyboarding, and basic computing skills.

The fun begins with an exploration of the line and shape tools in Google Drawings. Once familiar with how to create and format objects, the young artists apply their creative talents to make cartoon faces and characters.

TechnoGallery line drawing

Applying their new skills, students then create a picture to tell a story using shapes and lines.

Tell a story with digital art tools

The next activity transforms text into a unique picture by formatting the style and color of letters.

Use Google Drawings to make a word picture

The final art project has students experiment with recoloring and cropping options to create stunning images.

Recolor and crop images to create artwork.

Upon completion, each piece of artwork is placed into picture frames using Google Slides. The art gallery is animated with transitions. Finally students share their artwork and explain their artistic choices during a digital art show.

Enhance the visual arts curriculum with digital art activities. Invite your students to experiment and take risks in the creative process. TechnoGallery is a new, original, and fun way to explore the elements and principles of design through a playful discovery of art tools.

TechnoGallery includes:

  • teacher guide
  • digital student worksheets
  • sample artwork
  • art gallery rubric
  • self-reflection task
  • enrichment activities

TechnoGallery is the sixth in a series of TechnoKids technology projects designed especially for use with Google Apps for Education. Other projects in this series are TechnoJournal, TechnoQuestionnaire, TechnoDebate, TechnoTimeline, and TechnoMap.