App-y Day: Bridgeman Art Doodle Live

A new way to make a masterpiece

bridgeman art doodle live!

You want your scribble monster to leave his creative mark. Just not on the kitchen wall.

Direct his talents to a better place care of Bridgeman Art Doodle Live, an iPad app developed by Bridgeman Art Library, an international company that makes art available for reproduction. Easy-to-use toolbars let you pull images of famous artworks and paint over them with a variety of brushstrokes and colors.

More than just a sketch pad, the app gives kids a meaningful introduction to museumworthy masterworks (there’s everything from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters). The sheer number of choices makes it addictive even for grown-ups. (Who hasn’t been tempted to draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa?)

When your oeuvre is finished, you can share it with family and friends — on your Facebook wall.

Available at itunes.apple.com, $2.

Photo: Courtesy of Bridgeman Art Library