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Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 4 out of 17

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  1. Oct 2, 2013
    This is a very good tool for beginner artists who aren't experienced in drawing and painting techniques. The only con for me would be that there is no undo button in the lessons mode which is kinda frustrating. You end up having to restart your whole drawing over again if you want to undo something. Overall, there really isn't anything like it on the market right now tho, so it's still a great experience and you can learn some real life skills Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2012
    This game is like the return of Art Academy. After all these years, they made lots of new lessons to learn and draw. And if you like your drawing, you can place it in your museum which only has drawings. If that's not enough lessons for you, you can always download more lessons. One interesting feature is that you can now make your own lesson! It's called a custom lesson. You can share them with other people. And if you remember, you can always do free paint. This is where you can make your own painting without anyone talking to you. If you are artist, then this game is worth it! Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2012
    I had never played the first Art Academy before purchasing this. After looking at a few YouTube videos of the first game, I was intrigued enough to purchase this game while on sale. I have had my 3ds since launch and I can comfortably say that this is already in my top 3 games for the 3ds. I have completed the first 5 lessons in the beginner section and I am addicted. I played for 6 hours straight the day I bought it and even dreamt about drawing that night! The lessons walk you through each picture and style, ensuring that you understand the techniques that are being delivered. I already feel like my skills have increased significantly and that I will be more inclined to start producing art again like I did when I was an early teen. Each lesson will utilize different styles and give you insight on some famous artists/pieces of work. Overall, I would highly recommend this game to any fan of art and anyone who would like to learn the basics or perfect their skills. I hope Nintendo continues to focus on these types of realistic interactive games, the video game industry needs intelligent games like these.

  4. Jul 23, 2014
    This game has nice features and its suprising how well things can look on the small screen but the game also misses the most important feature an undo button making mistakes a pain in the arse.
  5. Oct 4, 2012
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this game. I wanted to learn how to draw better and the case on the shelf drew my attention. I have done three of the built in levels and can already see a difference in my skills. Not only does the game teach you how to draw, it also teaches you about famous artists and some of the history of art. I highly recommend this product to anyone willing to invest the time into learning how to draw and paint. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 21, 2013
    New Art Academy has a great deal to offer. Easily comprehensible lessons, masses of utensils, comfortable sharing options and the possibility to use an image of your choice as template. It is just a tiny bit of a shame though that the game doesn’t rate your creative masterpieces and that there’s no online database where all units created by users are collected.
  2. 90
    All in all, Art Academy is a work of art in itself. It provides not only some of the soundest art lessons you can obtain, but the tools to apply what you learn as you learn it. It's better than learning from a book, cheaper than paying for a tutor, and a whole lot less messy than its real life alternative.
  3. Sep 17, 2012
    This is one of those proposals that have extreme pedagogical and educational value that can actually teach you how to draw and paint.