MoMA Art Lab

App review by
Megan Leppla, Common Sense Media
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Creative play is backbone of MoMA’s well-rounded art app.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn basic art skills while experiencing creative play. Some activities, like the group drawing of an "exquisite corpse," encourage collaboration, while other activities would most likely be used for self-paced exploration. The open-ended nature of MoMA Art Lab makes it difficult to track student progress, but the focus on play allows kids to explore freely. The activities introduce basic art techniques with a focus on line, shape, and color. Prompts provide enough context for kids to get started while remaining vague enough to encourage deeper exploration. The overall experience is very open-ended, making it easy to bounce between creating and exploring art.

Ease of Play

The MoMA Art Lab opens on a blank canvas, with tools and resources that make it easy to get started. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the MoMA Art Lab is an iPad app that introduces kids to modern art and gives them the tools to create their own. Included are drawing and collage tools, art inspiration, art activities, a camera for screen capture, and a gallery. The ideas and activities prompt kids to get creative with the digital tools provided within the app, and could easily be adapted to a hands-on activity. Activities reference artists from the museum’s collection, and inspire kids to create in a similar style. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byemmyjvm June 19, 2019
Adult Written byClaire Lin September 18, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheartnoob August 7, 2019

I miss this

I miss this app i used it when I was 5 or something like that and I will just use it for hours me and my sister loved this app and it got me into art

What's it about?

MoMA Art Lab is a free app for any budding artist or art enthusiast. Included are drawing and collage tools, art inspiration, art activities, a camera for screen capture, and a gallery. Want to take a trip to the MoMA without leaving the classroom? The MoMA Art Lab lets kids take a closer look at work from the museum’s art collection. Kids can get ideas for how to use the digital tools provided within the app, or get some inspiration to make art offline. Activities reference artists like Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Murray, and Sol LeWitt to encourage kids to create in a similar style.

Is it any good?

MoMA Art Lab is a wonderful window into the museum's collection, sharing an intro to modern art that's accessible for all ages. Its simplicity makes it easy for kids with any level of experience to get started and explore visual arts at their own pace. Some activities, like the group drawing of an “exquisite corpse,” encourage collaboration, while other activities can be used for self-paced creative fun.

All activities introduce simple art techniques with a focus on line, shape, and color, and prompts provide enough context for kids to get started while remaining vague enough to encourage deeper exploration. However they decide to get creative, kids'll get a chance to explore art basics and delve into techniques used by famous artists.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about modern art. What makes something like an Alexander Calder mobile a piece of art? 

  • Keep a pencil, paper, scissors, and other art supplies on hand to try some of the activities offline.

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