A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo is an amazing art-creating app that includes 17 drawing lessons for newbies of all ages. The in-app gallery has a few images that users have created that aren't appropriate for young kids, such as a character smoking, a gun, women in little to no clothing, and scary clown drawings.
What's it about?
Kids can either choose one of 17 drawing lessons and follow the step-by-step lesson, or they can simply free draw on ArtStudio. Tap to select from a number of brushes in the menu, then select colors (which can be blended to make an endless variety of shades), and draw away. The menu contains so many options it may be confusing for younger kids, but there's always the option to keep it simple and just draw, too. Kids can easily import photos from the device's library, and draw on them or add color to them.
Is it any good?
ARTSTUDIO - DRAW, PAINT AND EDIT PHOTO is considered a "professional" drawing and painting app because of its incredible depth and breadth of tools and options. But the lessons and the ease of use make this app accessible to even to people with no art skills whatsoever. You can start with an empty page or insert an image from your phone's camera to alter in endless artsy ways. Parents may want to steer children away from the gallery area of works created and posted by other users, or at least check it out together to look at the age-appropriate images and skip by the others. There's also a free "lite" version.
Talk to your kids about ...
Ask open-ended questions about your kid's art: "Why did you choose that color?" or "What was the most challenging part of that drawing lesson?"
Check out the (moderated, but still wide-ranging) online gallery before allowing your kid to view it. The are posted may or may not be appropriate, depending on a kid's age and maturity.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 11, 2013
- Category: Photo & Video
- Size: 21.20 MB
- Publisher: Lucky Clan
- Version: 5.11
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
For kids who love creativity and art
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