Rotoscope - Smartboard


How can SMART/Interactive White Boards be used to teach Art?


  • Smart/Interactive White Board
  • Smart/Interactive Software
  • Digital Photo


Students will learn how to: 

  • use the Smart/Interactive tools
  • draw using the Smart/Interactive board
  • use a variety of pen types, diameters, colours, and transparencies
  • use layers to make an image
  • correct their mistakes (erase)

Students may also learn how to: 

  • re-size objects
  • move objects
  • use multiple pens at the same time


Teachers should know how to: 

  • turn on their Smart/Interactive boards
  • launch the suite of software tools
  • troubleshoot the board and software
  • follow the included tutorials
  • use the pens to write on the board
  • use the pointer and alternate pens


  • Rotoscoping - drawing over photographs
  • Constraints - Limitations that teach
Click to download the Notebook file

Click to download the Notebook file


Note: This activity can be complete on the Notebook software without the board attached.

  1. Launch SMART's Notebook software
  2. Download and Open the 'Kurt.notebook'  file (above)
  3. Using the Smart/Interactive pens and onscreen 'Drawing' and 'Properties' toolbars create your own copy of Kurt Cobain that uses multiple colours, line thicknesses, transparencies, and a range of drawing techniques (ex. hatching, stippling, etc...)
  4. Reflect. What did you learn? How could you use this technique in class? What problems did you face? How did you solve them? 

Remember: Learning new skills can be challenging for both you and your students. Don't give up or get too frustrated if your well-planned activity doesn't work the first time. You need to reflect and keep at it.