A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award winner
The NGAkids Art Zone app contains eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, plus a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program. The child-friendly interface, easy-to-use tools, and the overarching emphasis on discovery, careful looking, and artistic self-expression make the NGAkids app educational and fun for the whole family.
Each activity offers various levels of complexity, making the app suitable for all age groups. It is optimized for ages 9 through 11, but younger children will find it easy to use at an introductory level. Teens and adults also will find the program entertaining and artistically motivating.
NGAkids activities are designed for children to use in a recreational, nonacademic context. They are not art lessons, although our programs are extremely popular in schools and are often used as an adjunct to the traditional curriculum. The low-key activities preserve a sense of quiet exploration that encourages artistic expression and creativity. This absorbing, self-directed interaction has a long-term impact. The fact that children are encouraged to figure out how things work and to mentor each other adds a unique dimension to the experience, one that engenders a personal connection to art that often lasts a lifetime.
The NGAkids app provides an immersive experience as children visit a virtual art museum and explore a variety of works spanning more than 300 years of art history. High-resolution graphics, careful attention to detail, and exposure to a variety of subjects, painting styles, and techniques help convey an authentic understanding of the artistic process and reinforce their familiarity with the fundamental elements of art. Although these are not art games in the traditional sense, unexpected animation and surprising audio features enliven the program and help make learning fun for all ages.
There are 10 sections to explore:
• Still Life
• Action Painting
• Exploring Color
• Color Field
• My Art Gallery
Works by a wide range of artists—including Edward Hicks, Fitz Henry Lane, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, and Robert Rauschenberg, along with several anonymous American naive painters—serve as inspirational models.
The National Gallery of Art is committed to producing quality children’s programming that provides informative, entertaining, and age-appropriate content for kids of all ages. We hope you and your children enjoy the NGAkids app, and we invite you to plan an in-person visit to the Gallery, where many of the original works of art that inspired this program are on display.
Bug fix for dancing George Washington
Ratings and Reviews
Great fun but crashes all the time
Parts of this app are fun and easy to use, other sections crash the app repeatedly. Have to delete app and reinstall to use those sections, then the next time it crashes again, delete again, etc. developers, PLEASE fix this! It’s too good an app to let this frustration spoil the fun.
Far and away the best art / museum app
My four year old loves this, I love this! I have told so many parents, teachers, and art lovers about this incredibly fun and clever app from the National Gallery. Super for kids of all ages -- adults too! -- as the art-making tools allow for endless play and can really be quite sophisticated (but still intuitive enough for young children). Builds a great foundation in art making and art appreciation, fab exposure to the elements of art, composition, color, historical styles of art, etc. Play-based learning at its finest. Still discovering new stuff and things it can do. My daughter esp. loves to make 19th c. American folk-style pictures with her face! Oh, and the dancing George Washington must be seen. Can't wait to show her the real paintings in Washington, DC someday.
A fun creative app for kids, but adults will enjoy it too! I love using the activity based on Mark Rothko. Endless possibilities and combinations, especially since you can bring in your own images from your camera roll. Highly recommend!
- National Gallery of Art
- 129.6 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.