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ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo



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

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.  

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.


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.


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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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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?


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
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: drawing
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation
Creativity: making new creations
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 11, 2013
Category:Photo & Video
Size:21.20 MB
Publisher:Lucky Clan
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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