Your Personal Art Studio and Gallery is an activity appearing in JumpStart Artist. It is accessed by clicking on Eleanor's tent on the main screen. It is designed to teach about various aspects of art, such as tools and techniques used, as well as encouraging creative expression.


Digital manual description

Join Eleanor as you create and present your original artworks. This tent has two areas, the Gallery with frames for your artwork, and the desk where you do your creative work. To create some artwork, click on the desk. To frame an artwork, click on one of the frames.

Tool Instructions

Your toolbox has four sets of tools: Painting and drawing, Quilts and other textiles, Collage, and Puppets. To access a set of tools, just click on one of the four toolset buttons on the far left of the blue toolbox.  drawer will open with that set of tools. Select and click on the tool you'd like to use. Some other drawers will open with other choices you can use with that particular tool. To change toolsets, just click on another one of the four toolset buttons on the far left of the toolbox.

To use a painting or drawing tool, just hold the mouse button down and draw. For a stamp or sticker, click where you'd like to place it, use the rotate arrows to turn it, then click somewhere else to set the stamp or sticker in place.nother stamp or sticker will appear on your mouse cursor. Use it again, or click on another tool or button to get rid of it. Eleanor will give you a rewards piece for Kisha's Rides after every three artworks you save.

Painting and Drawing Tools

Painting and drawing on the computer is a little different from painting and drawing on paper, but you can make some great effects! Your painting and drawing toolset has eight tools.

  • Oil Paintbrush: thick and richly colored paint.
  • Tempera Paintbrush: flat and even-textured paint
  • Watercolor Paintbrush: semi-transparent paint
  • Charcoal: black marks with smudged edges
  • Colored Chalk: colored marks with smudged edges
  • Colored Pencil: flat color and thin lines
  • Blend Tool: blend edges and colors together
  • Spray Paint: spattered paint
  • Bucket: Fill closed spaces with colors, patterns, or textures

Quilts and Other Textile Tools

Create quilts, flags, shields, and rugs with your textile tools. Start with a template and let your imagination take over from there!

  • Templates: quilt, flag, shield, or rug templates
  • Quilt Patches: shapes for creating patterns
  • Pattern Tiles: international patterns for adding color and creating borders
  • Color Pattern Tiles: pre-colored international patterns for creating borders
  • Trim: textiles trims for borders
  • Buttons and ppliques: textile decorations
  • Stitches: popular embroidery stitches
  • Bucket: fill closed spaces with colors, patterns, or textures

Collage Tools

Collages are created by gluing objects, such as tissue paper and macaroni, onto a surface. Your collage toolset has lots of interesting stamps to try!

  • Print Stamps: stamp with paint-dipped objects
  • Objects: 3-dimensional objects
  • Duplicate Stamp: copy and paste sections of your artwork
  • Name Stamp: sign your work with your user name
  • Hieroglyphs: phonetic stamps of Egyptian hieroglyphs
  • Tissue Paper: semi-transparent paper strips for overlapping fun
  • Regular Paper: opaque paper strips
  • Bucket: Fill closed spaces with colors, patterns, or textures

Puppet Tools

Create stick puppets or shadow puppets with this toolset. Start with a body, and Eleanor will place the rest of the pieces you select. Note: If you switch from the puppet toolset to another toolset, the puppet will be flattened into a single piece, so be sure to choose all your pieces first. Once you've finished your puppets, you can print them, glue them onto craft sticks or plastic spoons, and put on a puppet show! Check the ctivity Guide for instructions on how to create stages for stick puppets and shadow puppets.

  • Puppet Heads: heads
  • Puppet Bodies: bodies--choose one of these first
  • Puppet rms: arms
  • Puppet Legs: legs
  • Puppet ccessories: costumes, accessories, tails, and wings
  • Bucket: Fill closed spaces with colors, patterns, or textures
  • In the Size drawer: toggle between shadow puppets and stick puppets

Tool Option Drawers

Once you select a tool, two other drawers might open up with options for that particular tool.

  • Size Drawer

Click here to change the size of your tools, stamps, eraser, and text.

  • Scalable Shapes
  • Scalable Shapes: Draw a shape or line using the last painting or drawing tool you selected. To draw a shape, just select it, hold down the mouse button where you want to place it, and move the mouse until the shape or line is the size you want. Then release the mouse button.
  • Paint Within the Lines
  • Paint Within the Lines: This button allows you to stay inside the lines while you paint or draw. Just click on this button and start painting inside a closed area. Click on the button again or on another tool to turn this feature off.
  • Pattern Menu

Click here to see pattern selections to use with the bucket and other tools and stamps.

  • Texture Menu

Click here to see texture selections to use with the bucket and other tools and stamps.

Ideas and Color Menus

If you're looking for ideas to get started, or want to select or mix colors, just use the menus below.

  • Ideas for Getting Started

Sometimes a blank page can be a little intimidating. Try clicking on one of the partially finished ideas here to get you started. Each toolset has its own group of ideas. Use the purple arrows to scroll through the choices. When you see one you'd like to work on, just click on it.

  • Color Menu

To choose a color, just click on it. You'll see the active color, pattern, or texture you've selected in the space below the rainbow button. To mix or see more colors, click on the rainbow button.

  • More Colors and Color Mixing

Click on the rainbow button on the color wheel to pop up the extended color menu, where you can select or mix thousands of colors. To mix a color, click on a color, then click on the center mixing area. Click on another color and click on the mixing area again. Repeat until you have the color you want, then click on the checkmark. If you want to clear the mixing area, click on the sponge. Click the X to close the pop-up menu without changing the color.

Universal Tools

The toolbar under the workspace contains tools you can use with any toolset. Here's what you'll find on it:

  • Background Materials

Click here to see a selection of surfaces you can work on.

  • New

Click here to start a new artwork.

  • Save

Click here to save the artwork into your portfolio. You can type in your own filename, or use the one we give it.

  • Undo

Click here to undo your last action.

  • Eraser

Click here to pick up the eraser tool. Hold down the mouse button and move the mouse back and forth to erase. You can change the size using the size buttons.

  • Text

Click here to add text to your artwork. Just click where you want the text to go and begin typing. You can change the size, color, pattern, or texture of the text.

  • JumpStart Stickers

Click here to see a selection of JumpStart character stickers.

  • Print

Click here to print your artwork. If the printer has been disabled, change the settings from the Sign-in Screen.

  • Artwork Portfolio

Click here to see all the artwork you've saved.

Artwork Portfolio

Artists often store their artwork in a portfolio like this one. From here, you can scroll through, display, export, import, and delete artwork. To scroll through your artwork, click on the Scroll Arrows on the lower left and right of the portfolio pages. To display an artwork you'd like to continue working on in your workspace, select the artwork and click on the Display button. If you'd like to use one of your creations in another program, click on the artwork, then click on Export. The file will be stored in the Share folder on your computer's hard drive. If you installed JumpStart Artist using the recommended directories, you can find this folder in the following place: Knowledge Adventure/JS_Artist/Share. If you'd like to use an artwork or photograph from another program in JumpStart rtist, place it in the Share directory mentioned above before you start JumpStart rtist. Then, click on the Import button, which will show you the contents of your Share folder. Select the artwork, and it will be adjusted for size and displayed in your workspace. NOTE: JumpStart Artist uses only the following file formats for exporting and importing: bitmap (.bmp), which is best for PCs;, pict (.pict), which is best for Macintoshes; targa (.tga), another format usually used on PCs; and jpeg (.jpg), which can be used in websites. To delete an artwork permanently from your portfolio, select the artwork and then click on the Delete button, which is the garbage can icon.

If your portfolio becomes full, you will need to delete some artworks or adjust the number of artworks you are allowed to save (see the instructions under Sign-In options). If your hard drive is out of space, you will need to clear space on your hard drive. Be sure to ask an adult to help you before deleting files.

If you signed in as Teacher, you will see a list of all users. To access the artwork of a user, just click on that user's name. To return to the list of users, click on the "Return to All Players' List" link.

Educational Skills

  • Medium
  • Texture
  • Pattern
  • Art Production
  • Art Presentation


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