Welcome to School Zone's Draw & Paint Plus Software!
     
In this Read Me document, you will find the following:
     
Age Level Ages 4 - Up
 
Educational Goal:  Creative learning through computer technology.
 
Educational Skills:
  • Colors
  • Size Discrimination
  • Understanding Perspective
  • Following Directions
  • Eye-hand Coordination
  • Develop Creativity
 
Key Features:
 
  • School Zone Interactive software keeps children actively engaged.
  • This interactive software contains the most current technology, engaging content, and positive encouragement.
  
Additional Features: 
 
  • Creative learning is reinforced with audio and animated rewards.
  • Simple program design allows children to work independently.
  • Colorful interfaces, adorable characters, and playful melodies appeal to children.
 
Directions for the Activities and Software:  
  1. Introduction: 
  Welcome to Draw & Paint Plus. Listen as T.J. Turtle helps you get started. Type your name, and then click OK. On the bottom left hand side of all of the screens are two footprints, click on them if you want to leave the screen you are on. The program will save all of the art you create automatically until you erase it.
  2. Art Gallery: 
  There are 5 art books that will each hold 15 pieces of art. Click on a book to give it a title. Then click on the yellow arrow to go to the art studio. If you are returning to the program, double click any of the books to view the art stored there. You can print the screen showing the contents of this book by clicking on the printer at the bottom right hand corner. Clicking on just one of the pages will blow the image up to its full size. To print this screen click on the printer or click on the picture and go directly to the art studio to add the finishing touches to your masterpiece.
  3. Art Studio: 
  The art studio is where all of the art is created. Move the hand curser over any of the tools to hear what it is. The color selection is at the top of the screen. There are 96 colors to choose from. Use the blue switch located below the colors at the left side of the screen to change the colors. Click on a color to select it. A white box will highlight the color you are using.
  4. Drawing tools: 
  Along the left side of the screen are the drawing tools. They consist of a pencil, pen, crayon, chalk, paintbrush, paint bucket, a small spot eraser and a cloth eraser to erase the whole picture. To select a new tool just click on it. Each tool is unique. Click on a tool and then move the curser to the center drawing area of the screen. Click and hold the mouse button down as you move around the screen to draw or paint. The only tools that function with a single click are the paint bucket and the cloth eraser. To use the paint bucket just move the bucket to the area you want to fill and click. The color or pattern you have selected will pour into the area only stopping when there are lines to trap the flow. To clear the entire picture back to a white screen just select the cloth eraser, move it to the drawing area and click.
  5. Backgrounds: 
  On the left side of the screen below the drawing tools is a button with a picture of some purple mountains, click on this picture to pick a background. There are 20 different backgrounds to select from. Click on a small picture to see it large. When you have made your selection click on the large picture or the smiling face centered at the bottom of the screen. The picture you selected will now be part of your artwork back in the art studio.
  6. Undo: 
  The black and white bulls eye at the bottom left side of the screen can be clicked to undo the last thing you added to the picture.
  7. Exit: 
  Click on the two footprints at the bottom left side of the screen when you want to leave the art studio. They will lead you back to the Art Gallery.
  8. Patterns:  
  At the top right corner of the screen is the pattern selector There are 40 patterns to choose from. Use the blue arrows directly below the patterns to change to the next 4 choices. Click on a pattern to select it, there will be a white box highlighting the pattern being used.
  9. Stamps:  
  Click on the red stamp tool on the right side of the screen to select a stamp. The yellow arrows centered at the bottom of the screen will scroll through all 200 stamps. The switch at the bottom right corner of the screen flips the stamps horizontally. The footprints on the bottom left take you back to the art studio. Click on a stamp to select it. The program will return you to the art studio with the stamp attached to the stamp curser. Click again to stamp the image to the picture. You can stamp multiple images, click on the red stamp tool to select a new stamp or click on a new tool. Some of the stamps are animated. When these stamps are placed in your picture they will continue to move unless you apply a special effect to the picture.
  10. Special Effects:  
  There are 13 special effects you can apply to your picture. Click on the green arrow buttons to scroll through the different effects. The symbol in the window gives you a hint at what the effect will do. Click on the symbol to apply the effect to your picture. Remember, to click the undo button if you don’t like the effect.
  11. Art Book:  
  The open book shows you what page you are working on. There are 15 pages in each book. Click on the yellow arrow pointing right to move to the next page in the book or click the arrow pointing left to go back a page.
  12. Sound:  
  You can turn the sound off and on by clicking on the smiling face at the lower right side of the screen. When the face is slid to the far right the sound is on. When it is slid to the far left the sound will be off.
  13. Printer:  
  Click on the printer to print the picture that is currently on your screen.
 
Technical Support:
  If you experience problems using this software, you can e-mail us at support@schoolzone.com or call us at 1-616-846-9601.

Support Hours:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST

Additional support is always available online at: www.schoolzone.com/support

Please have the following information available for technical support:
 
  • Operating system
  • CPU type and speed
  • Amount of RAM
  • Available hard drive space
  • CD-ROM speed
 
Minimum System Requirements:
  Windows® 7, Vista, XP SP3
    Pentium® III 1GHz (or equivalent)
    1GB of RAM
    800x600 32-bit color video
    16-bit sound card
    700MB of available disk space
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
 
  Mac® OSX 10.5, 10.4.11, 10.3.9
    Power PC™ G4 933MHz (or equivalent)
    256MB of RAM
    800x600 32-bit color video
    700MB of available disk space
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
 
 
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