NINTENDO 3DS XL PRESENTS A JAM-PACKED AUTUMN OF ART LESSONS,WORKSHOPS AND MORE TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF NEW ART ACADEMY

      

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE NINTENDO 3DS XL HOSTED FAMILY SPACE AT FRIEZE LONDON  LEARN HOW TO PAINT AND DRAW WITH TOP NAME ARTISTS INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL ‘FORGER’ JOHN MYATT, PLUS CHILDREN’S BOOK ARTISTS JAN PIENKOWSKI (MEG & MOG), OLIVER JEFFERS (LOST AND FOUND) AND VIVIANE SCHWARZ (THERE ARE NO CATS IN THIS BOOK)

NINTENDO 3DS XL HOSTS FAMILY SPACE AT FRIEZE LONDON 2012

NINTENDO 3DS XL is excited to announce an Autumn programme of events and creative partnerships, bringing to life the release of  New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art  – the new edition of the hugely popular title by Nintendo, jam-packed with creative lessons which will have you painting and drawing your own masterpieces and sharing them with your friends and family in no time.

ART LESSONS:  Nintendo 3DS XL is working with high profile artists to create bespoke, digital lessons for  New  ArtAcademy, teaching people how to re-create some of their best-known images using the Nintendo 3DS console.  John Myatt – best known as the original convicted art forger come good, who forged and sold some of the world’s most famous masterpieces – will offer step-by-step lessons to re-create iconic paintings such as  Van Gogh’s  Starry Night  and  Monet’s   Sunset over San Marco .

Acclaimed children’s book artists  Jan Pienkoswi ( Haunted HouseMEG & MOG),  Oliver Jeffers ( The Moose Belongs to Me, Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy) and  Viviane Schwarz ( There Are No Cats in this Book) will also each create a number of lessons for  New Art Academy, teaching users how to draw new creations, as well as some of their best known characters from their combined array of award-winning and much-loved picture books.

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS:  In addition to the digital lessons,  John Myatt  and  Viviane Schwarz will host free live workshops inLondon later this Autumn, teaching audiences techniques and tips in person.

Following a workshop in Birmingham to coincide with  ‘Provenance’, a retrospective of over 70 of his best-known works and new original paintings, at  Waterhall,  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (29 Sept – 14 Oct), John Myatt will also host special drawing event in London at  Cass Art, Islington, on  Monday 5 November, 7 - 9pm.

Viviane Schwarz recently hosted a workshop as part of Nintendo’s NewArtAcademy space at  The Campaign For Drawing 2012’s national launch,  Big Draw, Big Make, and will present a second event at  Cass Art,  on  Friday 2 November  from  3 - 5pm.

In addition to the artist lessons, Nintendo 3DS XL also supported the  Family Space  at  Frieze London 2012, which took place from  11 – 14 October in Regent’s Park, and offered the opportunity to try out  New Art Academy daily at the art fair, together with workshops and creative inspiration for art-making, presented in partnership with  ReachOut RCA.

Further events and workshops will be announced soon.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

EVENT LISTINGS:

Frieze London 2012: Family Space

11-14 October 2012, 12-7pm Thursday-Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday, Full Price day ticket: £27

Nintendo 3DS XL hosts the Family Space at Frieze London 2012, offering the opportunity to try out their new art-making game, New Art Academy, every day at the art fair, together with workshops and creative inspiration for art-making, presented in partnership with ReachOut RCA.

Frieze London, Regent’s Park, London, NW1

www.friezelondon.com

Nintendo 3DS XL New ArtAcademy Workshop with Viviane Schwarz

CASS Art, 66-67 Colebrook Row, Islington, London N1 8AB

Friday 2 November, 3-5pm, FREE

Learn how to draw, paint and doodle using NewArtAcademy on the Nintendo 3DS XL, with special guest artist Viviane Schwarz ( There are No Cats in this Book  published by Walker Books). Places are free but given on a first come, first served basis. Email  newartacademy@nintendo.co.uk to book your space!

Nintendo 3DS XL New ArtAcademy Workshop with John Myatt

CASS Art, 66-67 Colebrook Row, Islington, London N1 8AB

Monday 5 November, 7-9pm, FREE

Learn how to recreate iconic paintings and classic masterpieces using NewArtAcademy on Nintendo 3DS XL, with special guest artist John Myatt, best known as the UK’s most famous art forger. Places are free but given on a first come, first served basis. Email  newartacademy@nintendo.co.uk to book your space!

ARTIST BIOGS:

JOHN MYATT

Famed for his part in the most ingenious art con of the 20 th century, John Myatt is critically acclaimed the world over as the ‘convicted art forger made good’ who created and sold ‘genuine fakes’ of the world’s most sought after masterpieces. With a prison sentence, a popular Sky Arts series and a movie in the pipeline all painting the picture of his colourful life, Myatt’s career as a ‘genuine faker’ started in 1986 when he placed an advert in Private Eye offering genuine ‘19 th and 20 th century fakes for £200’. Professor John Drewe, a man claiming to be a nuclear physicist, commissioned Myatt to produce a number of paintings, which he later had valued at Christie’s in London for £25,000. The pair went into business together, passing off 200 more fakes over seven years, which were later sold through leading auction houses in London and New York. Both were convicted of fraud and Myatt was sentenced to 12 months in Brixton prison, serving just six months before he was released in June 1999 on good behaviour, with a ready-and-waiting client base, all eager to buy a piece of art from the likeable man behind one of the biggest art frauds of the 20 th century. These days Myatt’s legitimate fakes may be signed ‘Monet’ but are clearly marked ‘John Myatt: Genuine Fakes’ on the reverse.

JAN PIENKOWSKI

Jan Pienkowski is a Polish-born  British  illustrator and  author of children's books. He is best known for illustrating the children’s book series,  Meg & Mog, written by Helen Nicholl. He is also a pioneer of the pop-up picture book and distinct silhouette style. His pop-up book,  Haunted House, won him his second Kate Greenaway Medal, the coveted award for children’s book illustration. Pienkowski has had a lifelong interest in  stage design and has been commissioned to design productions including  Theatre de Complicite’s production of  Beauty and the Beast for the  Royal Ballet, and  Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland Paris.

OLIVER JEFFERS

Oliver Jeffers is an artist, illustrator and writer from Belfast, Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn. From figurative painting and installation, to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, WashingtonDC, and Belfast. He is widely known for his picture books for children, published by HarperCollins UK and Penguin US.  How to Catch a Star debuted in 2004 to critical acclaim, and  Lost and Found(2005), won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal 2006, the Blue Peter Book Award 2006 and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal the same year. Other well-known books include  The Incredible Book Eating Boy (2007), which won the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year,  The Way Back Home (2007) and  The Great Paper Caper (2008). In 2007, Jeffers was the official World Book Day Illustrator. His most recent book,  This Moose Belongs to Me, is out now.

VIVIANE SCHWARZ

Born in Germany, Viviane Schwarz gained her illustration BA and MA at Falmouth College of Arts, and is best known for her children’s books, published by Walker Books. There are Cats in this Book, was shortlisted for the 2010 Cilip Greenaway award for best illustrated book, and the sequel, There are No Cats in this Book, was shortlisted in 2012. She has also been shortlisted and highly commended for the V&A illustration award, the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award and the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Award. Her other books include  Timothy And The Strong PajamasThe Adventures of a Nose  and  Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure. Her latest projects are a collaboration with writer Alexis Deacon, including  A Place to Call Home. Her first graphic novel,  The Sleepwalkers, will be published by Walker Books in April 2013. 

ABOUT NEW ART ACADEMY

Jam-packed with 32 brand-new lessons,  New Art Academy  is the follow up to Nintendo’s Art Academy. It features both Introductory and Advanced lessons - whether you are an old master or a complete novice - offering easy to follow, step-by-step guides to a variety of drawing and painting techniques, styles and materials. The Free Paint mode gives an unlimited blank canvas to use as well as a wide range of art materials to practice with. New Art Academy expands its toolbox of paints and pencils, with new art materials to master including colour pencils, pastels and a variety of accessories. These additional accessories include Scratch Pads for testing artistic implements of choice, a Colour Wheel to help choose similar or complimentary colours for an image when using the paints and even a Blending tool for smoothly blending the pastels together. The accessories help to create a more in-depth experience for the user and further extend the creative possibilities whilst learning new skills and effects. For the first time in an Art Academy game, players can create and share their own interactive lessons for friends to enjoy, allowing them to become a virtual art teacher.

ABOUT NINTENDO

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 630 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

 


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