July 27, 2010 2:00 PM | Eric Caoili
Developed by Headstrong Games (House of the Dead: Overkill, Aragorn's Quest) the Art Academy series for DSiWare -- soon to receive a retail cart compilation in Europe next month -- allows users to replicate or create original artwork with virtual pencils and paint, offering lessons on the art tools, theories, and techniques.
To promote the game, Nintendo's Spanish arm has produced a set of videos showing viewers how the software can be used to reproduce works by famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Giorgio Morandi, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, and Duccio di Buoninsegna.
Nintendo actually visited local museums to film the creation process next to the original artworks. While it seems impossible to create an exact reproduction of the paintings, Art Academy's tools are robust enough to allow for a close approximation of the famous pieces. You can watch more of the Art Academy video series after the break: