Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Art Academy is a fantastic program for creating art. It's not a game.
  2. 90
    Nintendo has taken what were two already extremely impressive DSiWare download collections and pieced them together perfectly, with the help of Headstrong Games, into one absolutely stunning package.
  3. Art Academy's potential to encourage latent talent or simply inspire a new hobby shouldn't go unnoticed.
  4. Art Academy was a great DsiWare title, and now it's a greater cardige for all DS owners. Every lesson is a nice way to learn and understand drawing and painting, and the combination between the stylus and the touch screen is well implemented into the experience.
  5. Nov 2, 2010
    Bottom line is, if you want to learn some of the finer points of how painters do what they do, or are really devoted to improving your visual art, you could likely find some help in this.
  6. While it won't make you the next Van Gogh or C├ęzanne, Art Academy certainly provides you with the basic toolset to develop your dormant talent. However, it doesn't come close to replacing the real thing.
  7. Nov 12, 2010
    Would-be artists can check it out for a decent introduction to drawing and painting, but those truly interested in building a solid art foundation will need to seek a more robust course load elsewhere.
  8. It might not be a game, but this is as entertaining a slice of edutainment as you'll ever find. Even if it's not quite the bargain it first appears.
  9. A pleasant diversion. [Oct 2010, p.56]
  10. For those of you who purchased both of the original DSiWare titles, Art Academy does not offer enough new content to justify a third purchase. However, the retail release fixes several issues that Second Semester suffers from by combining both lessons, offering an improved product overall.
  11. 90
    Art Academy is great piece of software that is well worth your time and money, provided you don't have access to cheaper and basically identical DSiWare apps.. My only gripe about the game is that you cannot export your photos, which may be enough to turn some people off from enrolling.
  12. 89
    It's the perfect start to what I can only hope is a series, with all of the fundamental components executed very well indeed. With a few additions (most importantly, some way to share your work) this could even become a tool for teachers to leverage or the basis of a new online community.
  13. A great art package for anyone who wants to learn about basic painting techniques.
  14. Nov 14, 2010
    An interesting game and has an audience that would be interested in it, but consider this as an application evolved.
  15. Jan 8, 2011
    Fundamentally, Art Academy isn't a game. You are not rated for your actions in any way, shape or form, as one would expect from a game.

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