Art of Glow
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Create free, simple, mesmerizing art with a finger twirl.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn more about drawing, color, and creating digital art with Art of Glow. As kids experiment with the various settings on this app, they can also learn more about motion and speed, and how they combine to create different artistic effects. This fun, Technicolor app encourages kids to explore their own creativity and imagination via digital creation.
Ease of Play
Easy to use, especially if your kid knows how to read so they can use the setting screen on their own. For kids who can't yet read, a parent will need to help with the setting controls which control the speed, color, shape, and other options.
Products & Purchases
One banner ad on the main glow creation screen promotes products and services such as Hilton hotels, The Olive Garden, and a kids' money education website. Ads are removed on the paid version.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Art of Glow is a free art creation app, kind of like a 21st century version of the old standard LITE-BRITE art toy but with animation. You choose your settings for color, shape, speed, and more and then begin to finger paint endless combinations of moving, twinkling, fading art forms. This can be simple, shiny fun for little kids or a more complex art tool for older kids, teens, and even adults with an eye for the psychedelic. The targeted age of 6 reflects the need to be able to read to navigate the app's settings.
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What’s It About?
Kids start drawing by first choosing settings for color, shape, size, speed, "blink," and more. With Art of Glow's many choices to choose from (for example, shapes include eight different options), the combinations for creation are endless. As kids begin to finger paint, their own unique moving, twinkling, fading digital art creations appear on the screen.
Is It Any Good?
ART OF GLOW is deceptively simple and yet can be intriguing for long stretches of time as you watch your own fingers create fireworks, stars, and endless swirls that seem to take on a life of their own. The settings are fun to play with and can completely mix up the experience. For kids who can't yet read, a parent will need to explain which setting controls what aspect of each glow drawing (speed, color, shape, etc.) and the app is self-explanatory from there. If you want to create specific images with this art tool, it may take a few tries to learn how to get the details that you want, but it can be done even for those not artistically inclined. If your kid is happy to just to move his or her fingers around and watch the colors and shapes come to life, this app is an instant winner. Pro version ($0.99) has video and other expanded capabilities.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Ask kids to explain why they chose the settings they did on a particular drawing.
Draw a picture together and then mix it up. Discuss with your kid what feelings different color, speed, and motion settings create in the same drawing.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting, Science: motion, Math: shapes
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 28, 2010
- Category: Kids' Games
- Publisher: Natenai Ariyatrakool
- Version: 1.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: August 22, 2016
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