Parents' Guide to

Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Outstanding painting software can make anyone an artist.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Lovely, Useful Painting Game.

I love this! It is educational and teaches art skills that can be transferred to a real canvas. It is relaxing and has no challenges or judges or timers so it can be a stress relief and foster a love of painting and art appreciation. After completinga project your kid will feel proud and accomplished by their masterpeice. Maybe if they like that game, you can encourage them to paint on a real canvas since they learned skills from the game to apply. For older kids but if you or a big sibling owns the game a younger kid might enjoy scribbling around on it. There's no flashy colored bold bug eyed anime characters like nintendo is known for, or sexualized girls, the character of the teacher is a kind old man! Which you do not see often in games like this. He has a cute Border Collie. A very wholesome game, I reccomend it. You can't go wrong.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Interactive art instruction on a mobile device has rarely been so helpful, informative, or engaging. With nearly 20 lessons -- many of which will take ambitious artists an hour or more to complete -- it's almost like taking a real course in painting and drawing. The reward comes when, after working through most of the lessons and freely playing about on your own canvas, you put on your own art show and wander around the gallery from room to room admiring framed works that you created from scratch.

Just remember that while the techniques Art Academy espouses can be transferred to the real world, tasks like blending and color mixing can be a lot trickier when working with real materials. That said, you'll still learn a lot, create some great looking digital art, and have plenty of fun in the process.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Subjects: Arts : drawing, painting
  • Skills: Creativity : imagination, making new creations, producing new content
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 7, 2012
  • Genre: Art
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 26, 2016

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