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Art Academy Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: @gweronimo and @GeekDadGamer.


Art Academy is a creative painting game for Nintendo systems, that leads children through step-by-step art lessons. An in-game tutor teaches you to develop basic art skills and techniques. Along with the lessons, there's a free paint mode with all the tools are unlocked. Artwork you create can be displayed in the built-in gallery and exported to SD card.

Originally released as a downloadable app for the DSi console, it has seen several re-releases and variants:
  • Art Academy: First & Second Semester (DSiWare)
  • Art Academy: Learn painting and drawing techniques with step-by-step training (DS)
  • New Art Academy / Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (3DS)
  • Art Academy: Sketchpad (Wii U eShop)
  • Art Academy: Atelier / Art Academy: Home Studio (Wii U)
  • Pokémon Art Academy (3DS)
  • Disney Art Academy (3DS)

The last two variants mentioned focus on painting characters from Pokémon and Disney/Pixar, respectively, with less teaching on art concepts. In the Wii U version, you can view a timelapse video of your painting and uploaded it to YouTube.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/12/2009, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Creative

Accessibilty: 10 features

Developer: @HeadstrongGames


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Players: This is a single player game.


Art Academy usually costs £3.59 to £29.99.

Art Academy: Atelier

Wii U £24.99

Art Academy: Sketchpad

Wii U £3.59

Disney Art Academy

2DS|3DS £29.99

New Art Academy

2DS|3DS £29.99

Pokemon Art Academy

2DS|3DS £29.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Our Art Academy Accessibilty Review details 10 accessibility features:


Difficulty Options: Select Difficulty
Cognitive Pressure: Reaction-Time Not Critical
Cognitive Pressure: Low Pressure
Assistance: Tutorials


Reading Level: Simple Minimal Reading


Touchscreen: One Motion Targeted


Visual Distractions: No Flashes
Visual Distractions: No Screen Shake
Visual Distractions: No Busy Backgrounds
Colour Options: Colourblind friendly

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