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Mixerpiece

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Creativity abounds with bits and pieces of classic art.

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

Educational Value

Kids can use their own creativity while exploring and learning about various painted masterpieces.

Ease of Play

Pinching to adjust image size can be tricky, sometimes triggers other actions. Can't access help from design screen when you need it most.

Violence
Sex

Some classic paintings depict partial nudity.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mixerpiece allows kids to create their own works of art from pieces of classic paintings. While the overall experience is simple to understand, some of the controls are challenging. Pinching and zooming on small parts will be hard for some kids. Kids can name their paintings, and there's no moderation around language. Some of the paintings have partial nudity. Note: No privacy policy was available at time of review.

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What's it about?

MIXERPIECE allows creativity to flow as kids use pieces of classic artistic masterpieces to make their own works of art. Kids can choose from various body parts, hats, scenery, and other objects. They'll grow, shrink, twist, and even alter the color of the snippets to suit their artistic vision. Once the artwork is complete, kids can give it a name, upload it to the online gallery, and share it with family and friends. If they get bored with what they've done, a shake of their device shuffles the individual pieces while maintaining the basic design. During the design process, kids can also hold and press a piece to see the original artwork it comes from.

Is it any good?

There's something delightfully quirky that happens when you combine pieces from various masters into one cohesive design. Mixerpiece gives kids plenty of freedom to create, while also helping them look more closely at art they may have only glanced at in the past. Which way is Mona Lisa looking? What fruit represents the nose on Vertumnus, Giuseppe Arcimboldo's iconic work? It's also a lovely playground for kids who are feeling creative but not ready to start drawing in earnest yet. It has a few challenges ... occasional prompts appear in Italian in the English version, and sometimes the full artwork pops up while you're trying to adjust the size/location of your pieces. However these annoyances don't detract much from the end result: Mixerpiece is colorful, fun, and unique. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fine art paintings in Mixerpiece and in general. Browse through the paintings in the app or visit an art museum. How do the different paintings look alike? What are some differences? 

  • Make your own collage art. Find buttons, scraps of paper, and other recycles materials around the house. Can you make a sculpture or "painting" of your own?

App details

  • Devices: iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Arts: painting
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 13, 2018
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 349.50 MB
  • Publisher: Giuseppe Ragazzini
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

For kids who love art and creativity

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