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Art Academy (2009) 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.

Our examiner, Goran Wallgren, first checked Art Academy 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
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This is a Creative game. This is a single-player game.


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This game has been rated PEGI 3.


Art Academy usually costs £3.59 to £29.99.
You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Art Academy: Atelier

Switch Store Wii U £24.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

Art Academy: Sketchpad

Switch Store Wii U £3.59 Unavailable On Digital Store

Disney Art Academy

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £29.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

New Art Academy

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £29.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

Pokemon Art Academy

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £29.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Players: 1

Genres: Creative

Accessibility: 10 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Headstrong Games (@HeadstrongGames)

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