A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to recognize some of the characteristics of eight master artists as they copy their work and borrow elements from it to create their own unique masterpieces. There is no direct instruction about artistic technique nor is there any information about the specific artists. Kids who already are familiar with the work of these masters, though, will have a great time recreating famous works or adapting them. PlayART by Tapook is a fun, hands-on way for kids to explore the works of master painters and will give them a satisfying "Aha!" moment when they recognize the paintings in a book or museum.
Ease of Play
Very easy-to-navigate controls. Before closing work, verifies that it will be deleted if not saved.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Includes the couple from Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PlayART by Tapook is a painting app that puts the work of renowned artists in kids' hands. Kids can choose backgrounds and elements from famous paintings, putting the pieces together in their own way. They also can add paint to the works. Kids can save their images to the in-app museum or to the camera roll. Though there is a button to share on Facebook, it's disabled or doesn't work, which also is true of the video tutorial. Parents should note that no female artists are included, and most of the artists -- with one exception -- are European males.
Is It Any Good?
If kids aren't already familiar with some of the work of these artists, they won't get as much from the experience, but it's still a fun, creative outlet. Ultimately, it's less about artistic technique or creation and more about art appreciation; the app does reinforce the characteristics of each artist's style, which will develop kids' appreciation and recognition of the artist's works. More background about the artists and their painting styles would boost the learning value.
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