Art Academy: Atelier

System: Wii U Release date: 26/06/2015

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Welcome to your new workshop! Learn to draw and paint step-by-step, with a wide range of materials, in Art Academy: Atelier, only for Wii U. Use realistic techniques via the Wii U GamePad touch screen, all learned through structured lessons, then curate a virtual gallery, share your creations via Miiverse, and even upload videos of your finest efforts to YouTube*!

Discount available for Art Academy: SketchPad owners

Wii U owners who already purchased Art Academy: SketchPad from Nintendo eShop can upgrade to Art Academy: Atelier for a reduced price if they purchase it from Nintendo eShop**.

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*Google account required

**Offer price: £21.40, regular price: £24.99. Art Academy: SketchPad must have been downloaded from Nintendo eShop on the same Wii U before the purchase of Art Academy: Atelier.

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This content may be purchased by users who have registered a Nintendo Account and accepted the respective legal terms. To be able to purchase content for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems, a Nintendo Network ID is also required and your funds usable through the Nintendo Account must be merged with the funds tied to your Nintendo Network ID. If the funds have not yet been merged, you will have the option to do so during the purchase process. To start the purchasing process, it is necessary to sign in with the Nintendo Account and the Nintendo Network ID. After signing in it will be possible to review the details and complete the purchase.

To be able to purchase content for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems, your funds usable through the Nintendo Account must be merged with the funds tied to your Nintendo Network ID. If the funds have not yet been merged, you will have the option to do so during the purchase process. You will be able to review the details and complete the purchase on the next screen.

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After the purchase is completed, the content will be downloaded to the applicable system linked to the respective Nintendo Account, or respective Nintendo Network ID in the case of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems. This system must be updated to the latest system software and connected to the internet with automatic downloads enabled, and it must have enough storage to complete the download. Depending on the system/console/hardware model you own and your use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop. Please visit our Support section for more information.

Please make sure you have enough storage to complete the download.

After you have completed the purchase, the content will be downloaded to the applicable system linked to your Nintendo Account, or your Nintendo Network ID in the case of Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems. This system must be updated to the latest system software and connected to the internet with automatic downloads enabled, and it must have enough storage to complete the download. Depending on the system/console/hardware model you own and your use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop. Please visit our Support section for more information.

Please make sure you have enough storage to complete the download.

The details of the offer are displayed based on the country settings of your Nintendo Account.

The Nintendo Account Agreement applies to the purchase of this content.

The use of an unauthorised device or software that enables technical modification of the Nintendo console or software may render this game unplayable.

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Modes & lessons

There are two main modes in Art Academy: Atelier – Lessons and Free Paint. In the first, you’ll get to grips with realistic materials and techniques, then practise and hone your skills, step by step. Free Paint gives you unfettered freedom to experiment free-form, either from a reference image, or entirely from your imagination!

Learn your art

With your friendly guide, Vince, you’ll progress through a series of fun, step-by-step lessons, each focusing on a different technique. Learn the theory, then watch Vince demonstrate each technique, before applying your new skill with the GamePad and stylus! When you’re satisfied with your piece, move on to the next lesson. You can take a break whenever you want, then resume the lesson later, all at your own pace.


Spread over three courses, there are 16 lessons and 14 Mini Lessons. The streamlined Mini Lessons allow you to perfect your skills with the minimum of fuss, as they don’t feature any theory, history or demonstration.

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Beginner Course

Here is where you begin your artistic journey, as you learn the basics of form, tone and colour. Explore still life, then move on to some introductory landscapes.

Lessons – Tomato, Apple, Lilies, Strawberry, Egg, Landscape, Seascape.

Mini-Lessons – Tree, Boot, Lemon, Oranges, Fields, Avenue.

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Advanced Course

Build upon established learning, and refine your skills with more challenging still life and model work, along with landscapes comprising complex details.

Lessons – Still Life, Cat, Parkland, Bust.

Mini-Lessons – Lantern, Copper Plate, Deer, Kingfisher, Pond, Castle, Young Lady, Dancer.

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Tools Course:

Learn about the five materials you'll use, and how to get the very best from each one.

Lessons – Pencils, Pastels, Coloured Pencils, Charcoal, Paint.

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Master strokes

As you begin your first lesson, you’ll discover how the Wii U GamePad works in harmony with your TV. Whenever Vince is tutoring, the lesson appears on both screens. Sometimes, you’ll need to refer to highlights on the GamePad, but once it’s your turn to start creating, you’ll be able to see the subject on your TV, while you draw or paint on the GamePad. You can also switch the TV image between the subject, Vince’s examples, and your own efforts – perfect for checking out your progress on a large scale!

The GamePad also plays host to various extras, such as a Grid to aid composition, a Zoom for detailed work, and a Colour Wheel to match hues from a reference image. You can undo and redo the last mark you made, and if you discover an unfamiliar term, simply consult the Glossary!

Materials & tools

Artistic choices

There’s a wide choice of materials to work with, and picking the right medium is important, as each is different in use, and produces markedly different results.

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Pencil set

There are four types of Pencils available:

Pencil (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), Graphite Stick, Earth Tones Pencils (Brown, Red, Pink, Beige) and a White Pencil.

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Coloured pencil set

With a huge range of colours and shades, this set gives you the chance to recreate your subject with a fine, smooth pigment that only pencils offer.

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Pastel set

Known widely for their softer tones, this gamut-spanning set shows how pastels can also be concentrated, lending a luminosity to all your gradients and blurs.

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Charcoal set

This features Willow Charcoal, Compressed Charcoal, Fusain (H, HB and B hardness) White Chalk, a Blending Brush and a Chamois.

Each set comes with a Smudge Stick, a Vinyl Eraser and a Putty Eraser for amending your art or removing marks.

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Paints

Using a wide variety of brushes, you’ll have 96 Palette slots to mix countless colours, and can dilute your paint with water, if you need. Changed your mind about a section? Use the rag to wipe paint from the canvas or paper!

Paper

Choose from Smooth Paper, Cartridge Paper for heavier work, Pastel Paper, with its textured finish or Raw Canvas, which is more absorptive, and an obvious choice for paints.

Showing & sharing

You can save your art and view it in your Portfolio but where Art Academy: Atelier really comes to life is in the sharing!

Gallery

This is a display space which you can walk round in first-person perspective to check out your masterpieces! It also includes the Family Wall, where all household members linked to the same Wii U console can contribute their artistic touch to the same canvas.

YouTube

You can show off your creative process by uploading a time-lapse video of the creation of your artworks to YouTube*. Set it to one, two or four minutes in length, to see your art coming alive online!


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Miiverse

You can share your creations via Miiverse, Nintendo’s network service that brings together like-minded communities from all over the world. Artwork created by others is sorted using predefined tags for easy searches and can be viewed without leaving the software.

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Exporting to SD card

You can also save your creations to an SD card to view on a computer, email to a friend or print from a compatible device.

Another useful function is the ability to use an SD card to save in-progress lessons, should you need the extra space for all those works of art!


*Google account required

Categories

Education, Utility

Players

1

Publisher

Nintendo

Developer

Headstrong Games

Features

Internet, Off-TV Play

More information

Age rating

  • 3

Download version (Wii U)

System

Wii U (European version)

Release date

26/06/2015

Age rating

3

Controllers

  • Wii U GamePad

Languages

English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian

Download size

6084.36 MB

Wii U

System

Wii U (European version)

Release date

26/06/2015

Age rating

3

Controllers

  • Wii U GamePad

Languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Russian