Parents' Guide to

Disney Art Academy

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Art software teaches how to draw favorite Disney characters.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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This is less of a game and more of a drawing tool to help young artists develop their skills. Ideal for kids who love animated Disney and Pixar films and TV shows, this clever Nintendo 3DS is easy to pick up but hard to put down, and it's a great learning tool. It offers more depth than you might think. Sure, you can start out as a beginner artist (focusing on shapes and coloring), but you progress through more advanced art lessons, including tips on shading, using different brushes and other tools, drawing character expressions to evoke joy, surprise, and more. Little ones will likely spend time with Magic Brush, which gives your art some flair with stars, clouds, glitter, and more. Villain design is fun, so don't expect only heroes in this game.

It's too bad most of the cut scenes are static images, like in a comic book, as younger players would love being rewarded with a short animated clip of the character they just completed (or, if it's possible, even seeing your creation animate). Because you get many characters to draw, a variety of tools to work with, and a couple of ways to play (including the tougher Free Paint mode), Disney Art Academy is great for budding artists and Disney fans alike.

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