Jazza's Arty Games

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Idea generator jazzes up kids' hard-copy drawings.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to stretch their creative and artistic muscles. They'll practice making lots of drawings, and may be inspired to try new things or use new drawing tools or techniques.

Ease of Play

Once kids understand how to use the app, options are easy to navigate and explore.

Violence

When child mode is deselected, some drawing prompts may include mild violent themes such as weapons or battles.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Kids can choose from a handful of name-brand markers options.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

When child mode is deselected, some drawing prompts may include mild references to drinking or drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jazza's Arty Games randomly generates prompts to gives kids a silly or creative drawing challenge. This is not a drawing app, in that it doesn't have any in-app drawing tools: Kids must use their own drawing materials to create their masterpieces. Jazza's Arty Games is also not specifically made for kids, though there's a child mode that filters the prompts to make them more kid-appropriate. Kids can create multiple user profiles, each with its own collection of art materials based on what they have available in their collection. The settings menu includes the option to turn off the background music, and to play in child mode, which eliminates adult themes such as complex words and possible references to violence or drinking. Users must agree to the Jazza's Arty Games privacy policy before entering the app for the first time. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Create a unique profile in JAZZA'S ARTY GAMES to help customize your drawing challenges. Indicate what materials you have, such as ink pens, colored pencils, markers, paint, and more, including how many colors you have. Or just go straight to the challenges. Single games include eight categories, each presenting a different kind of drawing challenge. For example, "Character" randomly generates a character description; "Design" presents two random items for kids to combine together in a unique way. Give yourself a time limit or choose open-ended. Challenge mashup lets kids choose which of the eight challenges they want to include in a quick series of drawing prompts.

Is it any good?

For kids who like to draw, this idea generator can be loads of fun, and it gets kids thinking about new ways to stretch their artistic skills. Forget about using any in-app drawing tools since Jazza's Arty Games is a unique, on-paper approach to injecting some creativity into an artist's portfolio. Some ideas may not appeal -- or make sense -- to all kids, but if they get one they don't like, they can always generate a new one. Kids don't have to own a large collection of art materials (even a pencil and paper will do), though it certainly makes things more fun if kids have a variety of colors and drawing tools at their fingertips. Kids could also conceivably use a digital drawing program to follow the prompts. If kids have some well-known marker brands, they can add that collection to their profile to customize challenges based on the exact colors they own. It's possible that kids who aren't into drawing may find the ideas intriguing, though it's more likely that Jazza's Arty Games will appeal to kids who love to draw.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the drawings that kids create with the prompts from Jazza's Arty Games. What does the drawing show? How did you interpret the prompt?

  • Draw together and compare the different drawings you create with the same prompt.

  • If your kids are into art, show them all kinds -- from classic masterpieces to modern art to comics and graphic art. Go to museums to see them in person, go to the library to check out art books, or look up artworks online.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
  • Skills: Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
  • Price: Paid
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
  • Release date: November 13, 2019
  • Category: Family Games
  • Size: 107.40 MB
  • Publisher: Jazza Studios
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.3 and up
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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