Friday 31 July 2009

How to Create Bomomo Art

Bomomo is a fantastic online tool for creating colourful abstract images in just a few seconds.

Bomomo looks like an online Paint program, and it is very similar, but it has a very interesting collection of tools for drawing, which make it hard to control but also very creative.

You simply select your tool and then click on the canvas. Try moving the mouse around before and after you click and then try clicking and holding down the mouse keeping it in a single position and then dragging it. This will create different effects with each of the different tools.

I felt I got my best results by creating a colourful background first using this tool (see below) if you click on the screen and hold down then drag you will get wide bands of vertical colour. If you then repeat that you'll get wide bands of horizontal colour. This makes a good background for some of the other tools and the patterns they can create.

This one creates nice circles if you click and hold the mouse at a static point.

Another of my favourites is this one which creates vertical and horizontal shapes where ever you click. Try holding the mouse down and dragging it too.

You can also get some interesting bubble effects with this tool.

The best thing to do is experiment withe the various tools and see what they do and which effects work best together.

If you don't like what you get just click and get a new canvas. If do like what you've got then just click and save your work as jpg file or a png.

It's really that easy. Once you have created your images you can either use them as backgrounds for banners or just to liven up dull pages.

So how can we use this tool in the EFL classroom?
  • Well you could create some images for your students and see if they can associate them with words or feelings.
  • They could discuss which ones they like.
  • They could create there own to express different feelings or link them to abstract concepts like fear, love, independence etc and so create a graphic vocabulary.
  • They could try to write a short poem or haiku and link it to an image.
  • You could also just use it to decorate the classroom or a class website or blog.
I hope you enjoy playing with this tool.

Here you can find more image based activities for EFL ESL students

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Nik Peachey


Alex Francisco said...

Hi Nik,

I'm an ESL teacher in Portugal. I have used Bomomo with my students and they liked it a lot. I asked them to create a drawing, name it and write a short text on it. It didn't occur to me that it could be used for vocabulary practice. Shame on me! :)
Thank you for the great ideas on other ways to use Bomomo. And thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your work with the rest of us. You're a lifesaver!:)

Susana Canelo said...

Well Nick,
Reading Alex's comment, you'll know that you're working hard in fact...:)

The problem I've found is that is a bit difficult to control. It gets on my nerves, because I drag the tool on the canvas and not always happens what I want to.
But I'm having fun.
The ideas to use in our classrooms are fantastic as always.
Thanks again.
A huge hug from Argentina

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Susan

I tend to find keeping the mouse still and holding down the left click tends to get me best results, but I know what you mean. It could do with an 'undo' button.