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"NGAkids Art Zone" for iPad

Discover the world of art in a fun and easy way. Explore and learn about some of the most famous works from the Gallery's collection, make your own art, and share it with friends. The NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad lets you explore your inner artist.

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Link to NGAkids Art Zone for iPad


The NGAkids Art Zone app has 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.

NGAkids activities are designed for children to use—unassisted—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 sparks a personal connection to art that often lasts a lifetime. 

If you share artistic creations made with our app on social media, please be sure to include the hashtag #ngakids. We look forward to seeing what you make!

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Don't have an iPad? Email [email protected] for the PC version of these interactives.

Link to NGAkids Art Zone for iPad

Title: NGAkids Art Zone
Seller: National Gallery of Art, Washington  
Category: Education, Entertainment
Updated: May 2018
Version: 1.0.7
Size: 129.6 MB
Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. Optimized for iOS 11.
Language: English

The NGAkids app is designed for iPad.
Rating 4+,  Made for Ages 6–8
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© 2018 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Special Features

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 not games in the traditional sense, unexpected animation and audio features enliven the programs and help make learning fun.

There are 10 sections to explore: 

• Portrait
• Landscape
• Seascape
• Still Life
• Action Painting
• Exploring Color
• Color Field
• Collage
• Sketchbook
• My Art Gallery 

Works of art 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. 

NGAkids is supported in part by a generous grant from the Ruth S. Willoughby Foundation.

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