ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo

Common Sense Media says

Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app includes plenty of instructions to help users draw people, animals, 3-D shapes, and more all with the swipe of a finger.

Violence

There's a moderated in-app art gallery that contains images that other artists have drawn. Some of them -- such as spooky clowns, deformed monsters, and drawings of a handgun and sword -- may be scary for younger app users. But nothing overtly violent was observed in the gallery during this review.

Sex

The moderated in-app art gallery has more than a few images of fully nude women (drawn) and cartoon-like characters of women in suggestive poses.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One image in the moderated in-app gallery shows a character smoking at the time of our review.

Privacy & safety

Some images made from photos of people are posted in the in-app gallery, and some users post their names or a "handle" on their art that can be seen in the gallery. You can find Art Studio's Privacy Policy on its developer's website.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The multitude of choices, top-quality tools and colors, and the ability to mix photos into art make ArtStudio engaging. For kids who need more direction and fewer choices, this app may be too overwhelming to be engaging.

Learning Approach

ArtStudio helps kids learn through its 13 concept-building tutorials, by having kids experiment with the tools to make their own art, and by letting them view other users' art in the moderated online gallery.

Support

The FAQ list, settings, user's manual, online gallery/forum, and tutorials help users find information and master the tools in many ways.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn, through ArtStudio's step-by-step lessons, how to draw different images, including dogs or buildings. This helps kids practice following directions in addition to learning general art skills and concepts, such as perspective. Kids also can make new digital creations (including altering photos stored on your mobile device) and view those of others posted in the art gallery. (See main review for concerns related to the age-appropriateness of some images posted.) ArtStudio teaches skills and encourages creation for kids at all levels of artistic ability.  

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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