Art Academy: Home Studio

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Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Excellent teaching tool for aspiring artists.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to create works of art digitally through step-by-step tutorials. Lessons learned in the game translate well to the real world. After completing these tutorials, budding artists will have the skills to put actual pen to paper and create physical works of art to share with others. They also can learn the reasoning, styles, and history of art, while learning to follow directions. Art Academy: Home Studio gives players an engaging and enjoyable way to build confidence in their artistic abilities.

Positive Messages

Encourages use of art as a creative outlet.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vince, who appears in Claymation, is a charismatic art tutor who provides step-by-step art lessons in his home art studio along with his mischievous dog, Bacon.

Ease of Play

Step-by-step lessons range from beginner to advanced; free paint modes let younger players show off creativity. In-depth tutorials can take up to an hour to complete; younger players may not have the patience, focus to sit through lessons. 


Continuation of Art Academy series, which includes titles released on various Nintendo consoles.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Art Academy: Home Studio is a downloadable art video game that's also part art tutorial. Following these lessons within the game can help kids learn about creating art. Everything is thoroughly explained, and every technique is demonstrated clearly, but very young kids may find the textual lessons over their heads. Though this is the latest installment of the Art Academy franchise, parents also should be aware that parental supervision is recommended to protect kids from some of the inappropriate content that's submitted by other users on YouTube or through the Miiverse community.

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What's it about?

ART ACADEMY: HOME STUDIO is the latest game in Nintendo's Art Academy series. Players join Vince, a charming art tutor who appears in Claymation, and his dog, Bacon, in their cozy home studio, attending a collection of interactive art classes that help teach the basic techniques of drawing and painting. Completed artwork can be framed and saved in an online gallery to share with the Art Academy community on Nintendo’s Miiverse, and time-lapse videos of your work can be posted on YouTube.

Is it any good?

This entry in the series encourages the creative process through more than 30 enjoyable and educational lessons. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, the lessons are broken up into steps, focusing on different skills such as sketching basics and color theory. For example, your first lesson, drawing a tomato, is broken up to focus on aspects such as shading and outlining. In-depth information on the artistic styles used, famous artists, and the reasoning behind each artistic process provide an enjoyable glimpse into the world of art. 

For younger children not quite ready for the guided lessons, there's also a free-paint mode, making this a fun experience for all ages. Best of all, aspiring artists will end up with have a complete work of art to display in their virtual art gallery or to share online with family and friends by uploading their favorite masterpieces to YouTube or Nintendo's Miiverse or saving them to an SD card. Whether you’re a budding artist or a casual creative type, Art Academy: Home Studio will provide you with a rewarding, educational experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about art as a hobby. What would be some good ways to continue to develop their skills outside the game?

  • Talk about appreciation of art. What types of art styles do you enjoy most? Why do you like certain styles over others?

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