Artist Corner: Written & Video iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we are always talking about how iOS as a whole has an incredible potential to enrich and nourish the lives of our children. More specifically, their education and learning activities. On that note, we’d like to present you today with Artist Corner, by developer Jian Li. The iPad application is like having an entire craft closet in the palms of your hands, allowing your children to get all artsy without getting artsy on the carpet. For our full review of this free app, you need only to slide on down below the break, as well!
Concept and Functionality
The essential concept behind Artist Corner looks something like this: What if you were to take all of those messy crafts (colored pencils, scratch drawings, markers, paints, etc) and offer up a digital alternative on the iPad? It’d be simple enough for the children on the receiving end, and it would save the parents a whole lot of clean up time.
This is more or less what’s been done within the realm of Artist Corner, and we have to admit, it’s incredibly slick. Your children can color-in ready-made illustrations, create their own drawings, fashion together a mask, and even make their own scratch drawing. And as it’s all being done on the iPad, there’s simply no chance of your resources running out, and the fun stopping.
Even better still, Artist Corner also offers the chance to signup for an online account, and then share your creations with other children. We think this is a near perfect addition to a classic past time, and a brilliant example of what can be done in modern children’s app design.
Graphics and Interface
It also helps quite a bit that Artist Corner happens to look pretty good on the iPad. It’s got one slick interface that’s incredibly intuitive for both children and parents alike to navigate. Furthermore, though the drawing interface isn’t exactly SketchBook Pro, it’s certainly more than on target for the demographic at hand. In fact, it’s a fair bit more robust than we initially expected it to be, which certainly makes sharing the experience with your child a much more enriching activity for both parties.
The app itself also happens to be free, though you will need to spend a little bit of money to unlock further packs, masks and resources. Overall, we think this a fair way to price the app, especially considering the original, free materials are certainly enough to keep you and your children occupied. And at the end of the day, Artist Corner is a phenomenal way to keep your children entertained, and to encourage them to express that inner Picasso.
Artist Corner requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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