Imagine Artist

 

Learning(i)

Excellent art sim lets players' creative sides flourish.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is part of Ubisoft’s expanding line of Imagine games for girls.

Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpture

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • self-reflection

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This is wonderfully powerful and comprehensive art simulator. The tools are useful and simple to learn, and players can create beautiful and original pictures. 

Learning Approach

Kids can learn real-world art techniques through detailed instruction and practice. Lessons get complex after the game's instructor begins with the basics. 

Support

So long as the player can read, it should be very easy to get into the swing of things. New lessons unlock every day over several weeks. Plus, it’s art, so there’s not really any failing involved.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpture

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • self-reflection

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

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 Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

What's it about?

IMAGINE ARTIST puts players in the shoes of a fledgling visual artist working under the guidance of a woman who owns a small art studio. Kids begin by learning how to trace pictures before graduating to painting, stenciling, and crafting, among other lessons. The game progresses through a six week calendar with each day offering players new lessons and challenges, such as working on commissions for clients. Most days culminate with a finished work of art, which players can save and upload to a website, as well as a skill-building minigame or two, such as one that has players tracing objects and another that involves recognizing the specific colors that need to be mixed to create others. As the game progresses players earn more paints and brush tips and the ability to create original works. They can even take pictures using the DSi camera and use them in their art (assuming they have the DSi version of Nintendo’s handheld).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the sort of art the game lets players create. Were you provided enough pen and brush tips to make the sort of markings you wanted? Were you proud of your works? Proud enough to share them with friends? Did you prefer creating original pieces over working on the subjects the game provides?

  • Families can also discuss whether they think they learned anything about art while playing. Would an art student get less out of it than someone who has never taken an art class before? Do you feel you’re a better artist for having played?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 17, 2009
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old January 20, 2013
age 4+
 
LEARNING

Imagine: This game is Awesome!

I love Imagine Artist! My mom got it for me one Christmas and I have finished it multiple times. Its easy to play and teaches you alot about art. The skills it teaches not only are good for the game, but also for real life. I love Imagine!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 2, 6, and 9 year old Written bymygrlzandboy January 2, 2010
age 8+
 

9 year old loves it, needs a little help with some of the reading

My 9 year old loves it. She needs a little help with reading some of it. She is learning some new vocabulary words, though!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old October 14, 2013
age 3+
 

BORING

ehhh its boring to me.....i dont know if it is because im 12 but its SUPER boring....
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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