Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!

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Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!
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North American 3DS box art
Developer(s) Headstrong Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Tancred Dyke-Wells
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe
Keisuke Terasaki
Composer(s) Masaru Tajima
James Hannigan
Series Art Academy
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
  • EU: July 28, 2012
  • JP: September 13, 2012
  • NA: October 1, 2012
  • AU: August 23, 2012
Genre(s) Art training game (edutainment video game)
Mode(s) Single-player

Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, entitled New Art Academy in Europe and Australia, and New Artistic Taste Classroom (新 絵心教室, Shin egokoro kyōshitsu) in Japan, is a 2012 video game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is a sequel to Art Academy for the Nintendo DS. This game is the first in the series to include DLC.


Guided by the bearded artist Vince, the player completes tutorials in basic artistic composition. The skills are intended to be transferable to art practice outside the game. Vince instructs in portraiture, landscapes, still life, and architecture. The basic lessons include how to block with color and add detail, how to add light and shade to line drawings, and how to mix paint and create atmosphere. Advanced lessons include expansions on these ideas with shorter exposition from Vince.[1]

Additions to its predecessor include pencil crayons and pastels. The game has a new user interface, a higher resolution, and lets players mix media more easily.[1]


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 81/100[2]

The critical reception has been favorable upon the release, scoring 81/100 on the aggregator site Metacritic, based on reviews of 14 critics.[2]

IGN's Chris Schilling found Art Academy to be better and more complete than its predecessor but still capable of more. He wrote that Colors 3D offered more while costing less—he lamented the absence of a 3D painting feature, in particular. Art Academy, Schilling felt, could serve as an educational preparation for games like Colors. He praised the usefulness of the game's classes and their flourishes of art history, and found that the larger Nintendo 3DS XL screen let the player add more detail.[1]


On June 11, 2013, a sequel was announced for the Wii U at the Nintendo Direct presentation for E3 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Schilling, Chris (July 25, 2012). "New Art Academy Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Tach, Dave. "Art Academy headed to Wii U this summer". Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

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