I currently own Art Academy: First Semester for the Nintendo DSi. As a hobby artist with a tenuous grasp of the basics of blocking, light, shadow, shading, and detail, the title did me a world of good -- so much so that I'm interested in picking up Second Semester.

However, according to reviews, the second title is a near carbon copy of the first game with significantly curtailed content, making me reluctant to pick it up without knowing exactly which lessons and concepts are covered. Because this is a self-graded title based on the player's own internal critique, walkthroughs in the traditional sense don't seem to exist from my cursory searches through Google.

So, a simple question: what lessons and artistic concepts does Art Academy: Second Semester cover? Additionally, what subjects are covered in this title's "mini-lessons" for further study?

(Note that answers pertaining to the box release of Art Academy also apply, since this version is a straight compilation of both semesters at a higher MSRP, with the addition of 80 "motifs" to use as reference material.

Since there's no chance I'll purchase this version of the game, though, a bonus question for the comments: what do they mean by "motifs," exactly?)

  • Motifs must refer to the selection of Reference Images available in Free Paint mode. There are 9 categories such as "Cats and Dogs", each with about a dozen images.
    – KatieK
    Aug 27, 2012 at 18:25
  • Indeed it does. I can confirm as much from my own copy, which I caved into buying some time after writing this up.
    – MrGomez
    Aug 29, 2012 at 7:25

1 Answer 1


The box / card version of Art Academy contains the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Tutorial (Draw a circle with the pencil.)
  • Lesson 2: Tutorial (Blue lines with the paint brushes.)
  • Lesson 3: Tree (Pen and pencil combined)
  • Lesson 4: Pear (In-depth pencil and lighting techniques) [Minilesson: Pepper]
  • Lesson 5: Lime (Moving from large areas to details with the brushes) [Minilesson: Apple and Peach]
  • Lesson 6: Wave (Wet brushes) [Minilessons: Dolphin, Seascape]
  • Lesson 7: Yellow Lilly (Color theory, Expressionist techniques) [Minilesson: Pink Lilly]
  • Lesson 8: Puppy (Handling eyes and dark areas) [Minilesson: Cat]
  • Lesson 9: Swan (Advanced color, Impressionist techniques) [Minilessons: Rooster, Goose]
  • Lesson 10: Landscape (Use all previous skills, aerial perspective) [Minilessons: Mountain, Riverbank]

If the box version of Art Academy contains both Semester 1 and 2, then Semester 2 must include whatever's in the list above, but not in Semester 1.

  • Thanks for your answer. I eventually caved into the temptation to buy the boxed copy, though I have yet to complete it (shame on me). :)
    – MrGomez
    Aug 29, 2012 at 7:24
  • I found a boxed Art Academy a while ago, and have found it quite useful. I have just finished, so I figured I'd write up an answer.
    – KatieK
    Aug 29, 2012 at 15:54

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