deviantART

Common Sense Media says

Online art gallery is creative space for older teens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Messages are largely positive and built around creating and sharing art, as well as supporting other artists. But some art and groups have a sexist or otherwise negative theme.

Violence

Some art and literature feature violent imagery, blood, gore, body parts, and fantasy.

Sex

Provocative imagery -- especially of women -- is easy to find. Manga, cartoons, and stylized graphic art often show sensual imagery and frequently feature partially clothed people in provocative poses. Various groups with explicit names or inappropriate subject matter exist.

Language

Images are named by the artist; user names are not always clean; group names run the gamut from squeaky clean and innocent (Sky and Nature Club) to sexually themed.

Consumerism

deviantART recommends an upgrade to their Premium membership for $4.95/mo, which offers more storage and access to additional features. Artists are encouraged to sell their artwork through the site and buy framed prints, so there’s an inherent consumerism just by posting your art. There are outside links and rotating ads that promote teen- and adult-oriented video games and action/adventure movies. Website-branded wearables are also available on the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the art posted refers to or shows drinking, drugs, or smoking. While these references sometimes appear to be anti-drug, occasionally, drinking, drugs, and smoking are clearly glorified in the art or comments.

Privacy & safety

Users can choose to be as private or public as they like. All postings to forums, chat rooms, and user pages are publicly available. Profile pages can contain personal information, including hometown, photos, links to personal sites, etc. The site collects information about its users, tracks their behavior, and in some cases shares some of the information with third parties.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this arts-based online community is a great space for teens to showcase their artistic endeavors -- but it’s not for young kids. Over 100 million works of art -- from literature to photography to manga and body art -- can be found throughout the gallery space. Users can browse, comment, critique, and build their fan base. There’s even the potential to buy and sell art. The work featured in members’ galleries varies in quality -- and appropriateness. Parents should be cautioned that there are some images that may be offensive, including violent imagery, mild nudity, and provocative poses. Members can update their status, comment, send public or private messages, participate in art contests, and chat live in hundreds of different-- unmoderated -- chat rooms.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion

Arts

  • drawing
  • film
  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • initiative
  • motivation

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building
  • multiple forms of expression

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

deviantArt is a fun place for budding artists to share their work. It's a place for stick figures, oil paintings, and digital creations, and though it's a little cluttered, teens can find their niche in the community.

Learning Approach

deviantART is essentially a social network, and teens will receive mostly positive feedback from peers, empowering them to continue creating. Selling art online can help them with IRL marketing skills later on.

Support

deviantART is huge, so they've got some well-oiled systems in place to keep members on track. If teens don't find the assistance they need in the FAQ or Site Tour, they can open a ticket with the Help Desk.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion

Arts

  • drawing
  • film
  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • initiative
  • motivation

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building
  • multiple forms of expression

Kids can learn advanced art skills using tutorials and develop identity by continuing to post work and get feedback. While deviantART may not be the perfect place for a standard art history lesson, the exposure to such a wide variety of art will be eye-opening. Imaginations will definitely be sparked here; teens can take inspiration from others to create their own unique work. They'll also learn to talk about art in a critical way. deviantART is a supportive community of artists that lets teens share their work, make connections, and improve skills in a highly charged creative atmosphere.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

DEVIANTART is an online community of artists, where kids can share, discuss, and sell original artwork. With 26 million registered users, its huge social network reaches artists in 190 countries. Users create an account, then fill in profile information and add their art to personal galleries, which can then be viewed by other visitors. Art is categorized into searchable sections like \"Traditional Art,\" \"Photography,\" and \"Manga and Anime.\" deviantART also offers tutorials and a professional portfolio creator for artists ready to take it to the next level.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As a global arts community, deviantART is not as deviant as it claims. There’s tremendous talent and creativity on display through the many, many galleries of art and literature on the site. Genres are vast and include everything from photography, cartoons, and comics to digital creations, film, and flash animations. Members can display and critique the works on display, and there’s a sense of support and camaraderie among the artists who participate. However, among the works with artistic merit, there is also some devious activity. Completely unmoderated, there are offensive posts, explicit group names, and some works that might be deemed inappropriate for younger eyes due to their sexual subject matter or graphic, violent imagery. Older teens interested in art will surely find some phenomenal inspiration, but they will likely come across some questionable content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a supportive online community can help build confidence in kids. What can be learned from other creative kids? Why is it important to provide constructive criticism in a virtual community? What harm can be done by doing the opposite?

  • Talk about online etiquette. What does etiquette mean to you, and how do you demonstrate it online? What rules of the road will help maintain a courteous online environment?

  • What should you do if someone in an online community is using inappropriate or suggestive language? What kind of information is safe to post in public forums? What can teens do to stay safe online?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Give me a break people!!

I say Ages 12 and up should be fine.I am 12 and I got banned from there because one person thought I just wanted to look up 'pornography' But I didn't!!! I just wanted to post my artwork to show other people.I am a lot more mature than most 12 year olds.Everyone I know thinks so.I didn't look at 'nudy' pictures or anything like that,the most I did was read couple stories that had curse words in them. -.- really people. I think this is a great site for kids who are mature enough to handle it.But that's up to the parents to decide.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written byISpeakTheTruth January 2, 2011
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Don't even waste you're time.

I have been a memeber of Deviantart for a month and I can tell you that the site is okay in some regards. However, I have many pet peeves with this site in particular because it seems to me that everywhere theirs a noticible over abundance of fanart from over 85% of the "artwork" contributions. This would include many characters that are from popular games, cartoon series and the most widely used one Anime. Because of this, many users on the site, if they were to draw fanart alone and be really good at it, this might cause a lot of popularity for that artist. Now if you're not accostomed to drawing fanart, like myself, but are really good at your work despite that then Deviantart is NOT the place for you. Sure, there would be some people that would like your work, but you wouldn't be have as successful as any of the other users. You either have to be really good at doing fanart or really good at doing art period. Otherwise, you will have a hard time trying to get 'watchers' (people who subscribe to you in order to view your most recent work) on Deviantart. Another issue that I would like to bring up is the fact that their is a significant amount of swearing in the "Complaints" forum, all of which seems to go against the sites ettiquette policy. If that's not stressful enough, the admins on the site when you go to report a legititmate problem then when go to the help desk they seem rather reluctant to listen to your issue and hardly ever do anything about it. There was this one time a couple years back that some users were unfairly banned because they kept pestering them with certain users that were harrassing them. Also, their seems to be a rumor that seems to be most likely true concerning the sites management when it comes to punishments. For starters, it's been noted that users that usually have premium memberships, or have advanced accounts are usually given lighter punishments versus users that have just a standard membership; which in turn are given harsher punishments for some of the most minor offenses. And you know it really seems to get really sad, when some of the news articles on the site even says that "Deviantart sucks" or "Deviantart admins are unfair" and so on. And as for the pornagraphic pictures on the site, their are some labels that artists can put some of the pictures under, like "mature art" or "mature restricted to 18 plus" which for the most part is one of the good aspects of the site. Unfortunately, their seems to be a lot of pictures on the site that aren't put under any of these labels that include young women wearing mature outfits or are either shown completely topless. I've even seen pictures that have a lot of disturbing messages and show a lot of disturbing images that may offend some users. And believe me, their is nothing "artistic" about some of the pictures that include that at all. It's sick really. It's like a form of soft porn fetishes under the fake classification of "artwork". Which is sad, considering that it violates some of the sites policies and yet the administrators on the site do absolutely nothing. I wouldn't dare recommend this site to anyone who wants to show their artistic expression outside of fanart or anybody who wants to have a certain amount of feedback on their work, or to anybody who's 13. Infact don't even waste your time. There are better sites out their than this one. Believe me.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written byquonginongnong March 3, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Great site, buuuuuut...

Having been a very frequent user of the site for almost two years now, I think deviantART is a great site, and a valuable resource. The site features a vast range of artwork from all skill levels- amateur to professional. I even know of a few animators for Disney/Pixar who post their sketches and personal work on the site. DeviantART has value to just about everyone in one way or another. Kids can look at fanart for their favorite cartoons, or get inspiration from brilliant illustrators specializing in cute fluffy animals. Students can use deviantART to upload work they've done for school projects, or on their own time, and get valuable feedback and critique on it, as well as learning from many tutorials and guides for improving their art or writing, and for accessing a wide variety of stock images to use as references for their own work. The overall atmosphere is constructive, supportive and fun, and the community is quirky and eclectic, promoting diversity and personal growth. This said, deviantART is still not a site for everyone, especially young kids. Though users are generally responsible with what they post, and are careful to place 'mature content' tags on art banning younger users from viewing/reading it, there's no denying that deviantART shows the darker underbelly of art at times. Some art is highly sexual or violent, featuring nude figures (usually women), excessive gore and alcoholism/drug abuse. Heated debates have occurred in the forums discussing whether the admins allow porn on the site, masquerading as art, and admins are sometimes accused of playing favorites among artists & genres. And, as with every unmonitored forum site, there are some badmouthed jerks posting hateful and inappropriate comments, founding crude, tasteless groups and being generally unpleasant. All in all, deviantART is a fun, constructive, helpful site with a few very rotten seeds mixed in the bunch. I highly recommend it, but only for older kids or people who can overlook shock-factor artwork.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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