Describe with Art! App Review and Giveaway!

Congratulations to Marie M K who won the giveaway!

This week I will be reviewing—and giving away copies of—apps from Virtual Speech Center! 

I had a chance to meet one of the co-founders at ASHA this year and was excite to take a look at what they have to offer.  I’d used Post Office for sequencing before, but was curious to try some of their other options.  I’m so glad I did!  My kiddos have been much more engaged with these apps!  (Please note, that while I was given a copy of each app reviewed here and a code to give away, opinions expressed are strictly my own.)

Art title page

Describe with Art (version 1.3.1)

This app focuses on both receptive and expressive goals involving describing concepts.

Art categories

The receptive tasks have five different levels and I appreciated that the language used/required was more difficult than many apps I’ve used in the past.  The questions incorporate multiple descriptive words and the child chooses from an array of four which best matches the description.  For instance, “Show me round, green vegetable that can be used to make a salad.”

I really liked that the array had items that were closely related so you had to focus on all of the components.

Art grayed out photo

I LOVED that the array was slightly veiled in gray while the directions were given and didn’t allow you to choose an answer until the instructions were complete.  I have too many students who impulsively start punching answers when the question isn’t over!

Art follow directions full color

There is a “replay” button and you have the option to try again if needed although the incorrect choice does remain an option.

Art describe it photo

In the expressive mode, the child looks at a photo and is asked to describe what they see.  If the child is having difficulty there are question prompts (3-5)  that they can select.  These were along the lines of “describe the clothes this person is wearing” or “describe the hairstyle of this person.”  You can also record the description and play it back.

Once the child has completed enough trials, you have the option to “play the game” which is a drawing opportunity not unlike “Paint.”  My kiddos liked this (though many of them would have continued without the additional motivator), but felt that the drawing reward was a bit rudimentary.  For instance there was no “fill” option.

My issue with the drawing reward was that it takes a while to draw a picture and I didn’t want to use that much of the session on downtime.  I challenged kiddos to draw something within the category we were just working on and describe it as they went.   I think this portion of the app could be improved by having students earn different colors/brushes as they continued through trials and to allow pictures to be saved partially done so they didn’t need to be completed all at once.

The app collects data on multiple users and allows you to email reports.  There was a wide range of categories for object describing and photos were interesting and clear.  Within settings you can determine how many slides you need to complete before you have the opportunity for the drawing reward.

For more information, click here.

Hope to win your own copy?  Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite artistic medium. (If you’ve already commented on a different question, you’re still fine–my mistake!). The winner will be drawn at random.  You have until midnight EST on January 31, 2016 to enter.  Good luck!


This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Lindsay

    A beach anywhere!


    I would definitely travel abroad !

  3. Joan O'Brien

    Thanks for another chance to win —I’d go to St. Lucia 🙂

  4. Debby


  5. Mary-Beth

    Today…I’d choose London.

  6. Claudia Doan

    Thanks Kim! I would go to Santorini in Greece! 🙂

  7. Andrea

    New Zealand beaches

  8. M. Parker

    Somewhere warm and exotic!

  9. Erin

    I love glass artwork. Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. Marie K M


  11. Laura

    My favourite medium is Color-aid artist paper…..with all the rich and saturated colours, and its velvety texture, it just so tactile & fun to use for putting together visuals.

  12. Malory Manderfield

    I love fine tip markers, magazine clippings, and permanent markers to make one of a kind collages. Looks like a great app!

  13. Debbie Contoveros

    I love painting! It’s so relaxing.

  14. Cynthia Peacock

    My caseload is mostly 3-5yrs, so I love anything tactile. Playdough, fingerpaint, shaving cream, beans and beads.

  15. Annette Macher

    Watercolor paints are my favorites. 🙂

  16. Jill

    My favorite art medium is colored pencils…they don’t break like crayons, can be sharp and can blend and shade colors.

  17. Kim Hovey

    Favorite medium? paper. Not sure if card making or scrapbooking qualify as art, but there you go!

  18. Andrea P Bregstone

    Since I work with children a wide range of ability/disability and moderately ID to gifted, i like colored pencils – Used to like scented markers, but too many of the children preferred smelling them to working with them!

  19. Shira Reiss

    Any kind of tactile art medium to use with the younger students: pipe cleaners, playdo, etc..

  20. Susie


  21. Nikki

    Crayons, markers, colored pencils. Anything to color with.

  22. Amy Schmidt


  23. Laura

    My favorite would have to be construction paper,scissors and glue with my elementary aged students.

  24. Dena Shipley

    Colors, colored pencils, anything with color!!

  25. Cassandra S.

    For my own creative outlet, paper (card making).

  26. Shane Sellers

    I love watercolors!

  27. Michelle

    Watercolors and finger paints!

  28. Marilyn

    Crayola Twistables Slick Stix.. & markers,

  29. Meagan Lawson

    Acrylic paints

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The views expressed in this blog are my own and are intended to inspire other speech-language pathologists in their own practice. If you are a parent, teacher or other educator, these ideas are not intended to take the place of treatment by a certified clinician. Read full disclaimer here.