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Art Academy is a portable art course that anyone can enjoy.

Art Academy: Second Semester provides new and returning students with a larger set of tools and in-depth lessons designed to encourage the creation of more complex artwork. By gaining an even deeper understanding of colors and techniques used by famous impressionist artists, you will be ready to take on more challenging themes that include moving objects, and vast landscapes with distant objects. The openness of Free Paint mode offers plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and boost your confidence as an artist.

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Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Philip J Reed

Less of the same.

Two weeks ago, Nintendo released Art Academy: First Semester. We reviewed it and were happy to do so.The title was impressively functional, easy to use and very much successful at fostering creativity. These are all good things. We were painting apples...

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User Comments (8)

Terra

#1

Terra said:

A new one already? I wonder what the differences will be between the two.

Leaf

#2

Leaf said:

From what I hear the difference is miniscule. There are less lessons than the first (compensated by more mini lessons) and that it assumes you played the first and builds off that. Its the same thing sans some updates.

saitho95

#3

saitho95 said:

Hmm...
When it comes out in Europe, which should I buy?
The first or the second semester? ^^

Birthday_Boy

#5

Birthday_Boy said:

I don't know about this it isn't real painting so it will never be actually famous. If one of your friends or family members is cridict then you might get a kick out of this but if you get this you get the urge to get the first one.

demonlawyer

#6

demonlawyer said:

For the benefit of anyone who hasn't read my views on the other post...

I bought the second one before I read any reviews and was a little disappointed at the reviews it got, though the comments apply both ways to the first semester as well - basically if you have one do you need the other? After creating a lot of art which I have uploaded to Facebook I wanted more lessons, so despite the reviews I bought First Semester, just for more lessons, and to fine remember what I'd been taught, without having to re-do lessons.

Having now played all the lessons on both, I would definitely say that I felt the second one was better - the lessons are what you are really paying for, and the first semester is full of basics. I had no art skills before starting either of these, but felt that the basics were easy to pick up, the lessons in the second semester reminded you easily enough and the controls were easy to understand. The colour picker wasn't explained in the first semester either and that's really useful to know when painting your own art (my only gripe here is that it doesn't always seem to match the colours on the actual pictures too accurately). The second semester also lets you use all the features right from the start - you still start with the basics and you are quickly painting far more complex pieces with ease. It also explains blending - which isn't explained at all in the first semester, so while the features (ie being able to paint) are the same, it's the knowledge you're getting (ie HOW to paint) from both that make it a complete set.

Another advantage of having both is that with both packs downloaded I can now work on two of my own projects at any time, saving one in each semester. The big drawback I felt before was once you have moved on to another piece of work you cannot re-import your old work if you want to re-do something.

My biggest disappointment however was now finding that the game is about to be released as a fully featured game in the shops with even more lessons. There is no way I'd pay a third time for it, so I'm going to stick with what I've got and have a go at the others pictures without lessons. I think there are no extra features in the game, so in some ways by downloading the game you are getting it for cheaper than it is in the shops, and being able to save more than one project of your own at a time, though with fewer lessons than the shop game I suspect.

I do feel that by releasing the same program again the manufacturers are simply encouraging software piracy - why pay even more money to the developers yet again for a few extra things? It feels like a rip off if you have the first two semesters already, especially when there is no discount or refund from the downloaded games. I only bought First Semester a week ago, and to find out that the full game is out in less than two more weeks, I am now wondering if I should have just saved my money.

watermark3d

#8

watermark3d said:

I bought this several weeks ago and am extremly happy with it. To those moaning that there are no instructions on how to use the software, click on the game Options icon (the spanner) and then Help, and you will find a full manual included showing you how to use all the features and tools. Secondly, you can save your pictures on to the SD card DSI Album, then upload them to a Facebook account, from which you can then save them onto your pc.

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