Conclusion: Art Academy won't turn you into an artistic prodigy overnight, but it'll help push you on the path to competence. If you're always wanted to build up your art skills, or you know someone who wants to do the same, go ahead and enroll. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy .
Summary: Art Academy is a portable art course, providing everyone from beginners to experts with tools to create their own works of art plus simple tutorials to learn about color, shading, movement and perspective.
Thorough, fun lessons will genuinely help your art.
Common Sense Media
6 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Art Academy is more than just a video game, it is a fun art tutorial. Following these lessons can genuinely help kids learn about creating art. These are not dumbed-down, oversimplified lessons, though. Everything is thoroughly explained and every technique is demonstrated clearly, but very young kids may find the textual lessons over their heads.
Excerpt: Hey, kids! Need a friend with too much hair like the art dude from TV? I couldn't have been the only one: Anybody remember Bob Ross ? That guy from PBS that would always be so mellow and gentle, but you were aware even as a kid that he must have been wasted on the most calming drugs he could find? Well, I hope you brought your bong sleeping pills, because his essence has been digitalized in Art Academy for DS.
Pros: Nice visual presentation, Easy to understand, Lots of processes, Vince is lifeless (passionate, though), Learning art should be funner
Excerpt: This week sees the newest release from Nintendo, Art Academy for the DS. The title joins in the ranks of an ever growing generation of games such as Brain Age, America’s Test Kitchen, the My Personal/Coach games and even Wii Fit as the latest in the trend of games that claim to boost your own attributes - not just those of your 72ppi character.
Conclusion: Despite the problems, we still find it very easy to recommend Art Academy. Whether you’ve always fancied having a go at painting but have never got around to it or you simply want something new (and different) for your DS, Art Academy is an incredibly well presented, relaxing, engaging and rewarding experience.
Summary: Art Academy succeeds at bringing those art lessons I took as a pre-teen flooding back into my memory. The lessons are a great introduction for young and old alike and demonstrate the necessary techniques for turning what’s in your head into canvas-ready material. But when you’re ready to make the jump from the stylus to the paint brush, just be ready for the hit to your wallet, because that stuff costs a lot more than the $40 price tag for the game.
Pros: Helpful instruction and great introduction to art basics, Doesn’t move too fast and lets you get your head around techniques before moving on, Great way to experiment before moving on to the real thing, Camera functionality with the DSi, Paints and pencils draw like their real world counterparts
Cons: Not for anyone under 10 unless they’ve already achieved prodigy status, Boring and slow if you’re not into it