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Creativity Express – Start With Art! (iOs) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: iOs
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Engaging, interesting, and fun.

Not so much?


Slow loading times, and internet connection needed.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Creativity Express – Start With Art! is a multifaceted approach to getting kids excited about art. Featuring cuddly and engaging characters who put on interesting shows about everything from art history to various techniques, it’s sure to capture your budding artists’ attention. While it’s heavier on watching than doing at times, it offers a well of ideas for kids to get started on art on screen, and off.

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Posted November 20, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

What better way to get the creative juices flowing than lessons on art from some cuddly Arctic friends?screen568x568

Not a game; not an interactive book; not really just a video; Start With Art! is an app in a category all its own.  Featuring a series of really well done videos schooling kids on everything from the language of art to the differences between shape and form, it’s the perfect time suck for your budding Picasso. Start With Art! kicks off in kid friendly style, right from start – as you launch the app, it goes right into a boisterous, appealing intro sequence featuring the three huggable characters who will guide your child on their artistic journey.

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Furnace is the happy, cuddly polar bear with the Bear in the Big Blue House style calm voice and kind demeanor. Tickles and Ruby are a pair of knowledgeable and inquisitive penguins who ask a lot of questions, and share the answers as well. Together, the trio share a wealth of knowledge on art in little bites perfect for kid consumption. There are discussions of the messages art might contain, discourse on the value of lines and how they affect the final piece, and much more, all interspersed with actual pieces of art and interesting facts about well known artists. It’s all pretty engaging, and would make for a great video on its own.

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Rather than presenting Start With Art! as just a video for kids to watch, it is instead presented as an interactive app that keeps kids interacting. The four subjects covered – Art as a Language, Messages in Art, Line, and Shape and Form – each have their own section on the main menu. The subjects themselves are also divided, into sayART, seeART, and soART, each of which covers a different aspect. These first two subsections each contains a series of video clips, ranging from under a minute to just under five minutes. You must complete each section of them sequentially, in order for the next section to unlock.

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The doART subsection is just what it sounds – a series of suggestions for kids to create art on their own, away from electronics. If your kiddo is the type that needs a little jump start to get moving, they can even use the Idea Gizmo, which is a fun, slot machine like gadget that can be pulled to rack up a series of ideas to get them started. Finally, the kids have access to the Doodle Gizmo, a drawing tool that allows them to draw or paint on your touch screen in a variety of colors. The Doodle Gizmo can be accessed both from the doART section, and from the main menu.

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All together, it offers a pretty well rounded experience in art, including history, techniques, and hands on experience, all presented in a very kid friendly form. There are a few annoyances though, that are worth mentioning. Because of the quality of videos presented, you are warned right from the start that you will need an internet connection, and you may experience slow loading times. This isn’t a deal breaker by any means, but it is definitely noticeable.

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Creativity Express – Start With Art! is a multifaceted approach to getting kids excited about art. Featuring cuddly and engaging characters who put on interesting shows about everything from art history to various techniques, it’s sure to capture your budding artists’ attention. While it’s heavier on watching than doing at times, it offers a well of ideas for kids to get started on art on screen, and off.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)