A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn how to paint, draw, and make other artistic creations in this compelling art instruction game. Players learn how to use different implements -- brushes, pencils, etc. -- to make different kinds of markings as well as when to use them. These skills are based on actual art techniques and can be easily transferred to the real world. New lessons unlock every day over several weeks, and players are able to share their favorite works with friends online or through email. Imagine Artist teaches kids about the life of an artist by offering them sequential art lessons and the opportunity for digital creation.
This game aims to teach children the basics of a variety of visual art forms, from drawing and painting to crafting and collage.
Positive Role Models
Players take on the role of an aspiring artist who works under a patient and helpful mentor at a local art studio. Both serve as fine role models for young girls—boys, too, should any happen to give the game a whirl.
Ease of Play
It’s very easy to learn the ropes. Each day players are provided new lessons, and virtually all of the controls revolve around the touch screen and stylus. Plus, it’s art, so there’s not really any failing involved. Even in the skill-building mini-games players don’t lose, but instead simply earn bronze and silver medals. So long as the player can read, it should be very easy to get into the swing of things.
Products & Purchases
This game is part of Ubisoft’s expanding line of Imagine games for girls.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Imagine Artist is a very creative and educational game geared for girls. Players learn how to draw, paint, craft, and create other works of art while engaging in skill-building mini-games, such as tracing and color-mixing challenges. And the game’s primary characters -- including an interning art student, the owner of a local studio, a museum curator, and a gallery owner, are all excellent role models. They’ve all got good hearts and are interested in helping the player.
Is It Any Good?
Ubisoft has released plenty of good games in its Imagine series, but Imagine Artist might be the best yet. It’s a wonderfully powerful and comprehensive art simulator. The tools you've been provided -- stencils, pencils, brushes, and more -- are useful and simple to learn. It won’t let budding artists create a perfect replica of the Mona Lisa, but players can still create beautiful and original pictures. And it’s surprisingly educational; most young players will likely come away with a much better idea how to go about drawing and painting a variety of subjects, if not through theory then via repetition.
If there is any issue with the game it’s that it was created with an aim to attract girls. A couple of simple tweaks -- such as the ability to choose the gender of the player’s character -- and it could have been a great unisex game. Even as is, we have little difficulty recommending Imagine Artist to any girl or boy with a passion for the visual arts.
Online interaction: Players can upload art to their own online galleries. They can share the gallery's URL with friends or email individual pictures.
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