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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to learn art techniques, March 24, 2011
This review is from: Art Academy - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
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This review is written by me based on an interview with my daughter.

I picked this up for my 13 year old daughter who really loves to draw. When she took up drawing as a hobby she really worked at getting better. She read books, imitated other artists, and watched "speed drawing" videos online. On our desktop computer we have a Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet that she uses daily. Letting her review this was a no-brainer.

She used this with a DSi XL.

Overall she really liked Art Academy. She thought the best parts were the lessons. She found them to be much more interesting than the tutorials that came with the software on our PC. The tutorials in Art Academy were short and simple and illustrated how the task at hand was done. The lessons used a lot of different tools which kept the lessons interesting. If one of the lessons is particularly good you can re-do that lesson, and once you complete a lesson, mini-lessons are unlocked. For example, one lesson was on shading and how light falls on water. After finishing the lesson, two mini-lessons were unlocked, a dolphin and a sailboat, both using the techniques taught for drawing water. You can stop and save the lesson at any time.

Pros: My daughter felt Art Academy improved her drawing a good bit. She really liked the step-by-step method of teaching the lessons. She enjoyed working with different media, especially mixing paint, but she wished there was an undo button. She felt Art Academy nicely mimicked drawing or painting. In free paint mode you can use the camera to take a reference picture.

Cons: It gets tiring drawing with a stylus on a small screen, even on the DSi XL. Lack of "undo" is also a con.

Overall she really likes Art Academy and contines to use it. It's fun and educational, and does a great job of teaching techniques. She recommends it for all aspiring artists of any age.
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2011 8:11:32 PM PDT
Do you know if one can you save your work onto the SD card and transfer to your computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2011 1:29:09 PM PDT
No, you can't. But I've read that the DSiWare version ("Art Academy: First Semester" and "Art Academy: Second Semester") do offer that functionality.
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