Art Island is an online creative art and educational platform designed for children aged six to nine. Designed in collaboration with artists, designers, and architects from East Asia, Art Island was created as a virtual 3D world for discovery and exploration that provides workshops in which children create, collaborate, and exchange ideas. Art Island was developed with the long-term goal of fostering creativity, mutual understanding, and peace in the East Asian region.
Create your own fireworks like artist Cai Guo-Qiang! In this workshop, children design their own fireworks displays and set them to music. Each design is launched into the sky over Art Island and can be viewed by other children.
In his exhibitions, artist Cai Guo-Qiang brings children of different countries together to create robot inspired artworks with his Children da Vincis workshops. Now you can join in the fun and create your own 3D robots on Art Island from your computer at home!
Create your robot's appearance, decide their function, and set a path for them to travel. Watch your robots come to life as they inhabit Art Island along with robots created by other children.
Art Island was created as a meeting place for children from all parts of the world. In addition to exercising their creativity in the various workshops, each child will also have the chance to communicate, collaborate and share their ideas and creations with other children in the Art Island community.
To help ensure good communication and equal opportunity between children of all languages, Art Island relies on its very own language of pictograms for all communication between children. This language is part of the larger mosaic of images and icons that reveal adventures hidden across the Island.
Art Island aims to achieve the long-term goal of mutual understanding and peace by initiating artistic and cultural exchange and encouraging collaboration between children.
Renowned East Asian artists, designers, and architects will help build Art Island through open and creative forms. These participants will create virtual workshops and activities that aim to spark the children's innate ingenuity, curiosity, and dreams.
Through the workshops, we hope to nurture children's instinct to create, exchange ideas, and collaborate. By working and communicating with others, children can accomplish specific missions in each workshop.
Art Island was first conceived by artist Cai Guo-Qiang with the support of UNESCO. Aligned with the Art Island online platform, Cai Guo-Qaing and his team also conduct offline programs for children, including the physical display of Art Island in major cultural institutions all over the world.
Born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, Cai Guo-Qiang has lived and worked in New York since relocating to the U.S. in 1995. His work crosses multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video, and performance art.
Cai Guo-Qiang is the founder and creator of Art Island. The Fireworks Workshop is inspired by Cai's signature artistic medium, and the Robot Workshop is based on his 2010-2013 travelling exhibition Peasant da Vincis.
Visit Cai Guo-Qiang's website
Born in Shanghai in 1980, Jin Ningning established Perk Studio in 2004. As part of Perk Studio, he has worked on visual art projects in various media including graphic design, painting, sculpture, and fashion design. Jin has worked as a solo artist since 2009 making paintings and comics.
For Art Island, Jin designed the virtual island's environment, its appearance, and terrain. He also designed the appearance of the avatars, workshops, plants, interface, and the iconic language.
Visit Jin Ningning's website
You can experience Art Island at the following museums/venues:
July 11 – Oct. 18, 2015, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
July 25 – Sept. 13, 2015, Satoyama Museum of Art, Japan
July 25 – Sept. 13, 2015, Art Front Gallery, Japan
Art Island provides an unique opportunity for children to explore their creativity and to learn how to collaborate with their peers. For more information on how your child can benefit by becoming an Islander or other questions that you may have about the game please visit our message boards!
Q: What is Art Island?
A: Art Island is an online creative art and educational platform designed for children in East Asia who are between the ages of six and nine.
Q: Can I play if I'm not in East Asia?
A: Yes, as long as you are between the ages of six and nine.
Q: Does this game cost money?
A: No, the game is free.
Q: When will it be available?
A: Art Island will be available for download on Google Play and the iTunes App Store in July 2015.
Q: How can I play?
A: You can download the game on your tablet device and computer. After you have downloaded the game, you create an iconic User ID and avatar, and begin to explore the Island.
Q: Can I change my avatar after I set my appearance?
A: Yes, you can change your avatar at any time.
Q: How can I participate in a workshop?
A: There are designated areas on the Island where you can participate in workshops. Once you step into an activity area, you can approach a station to begin.
Q: If I don't want to participate in a workshop, what else can I do on the Island?
A: In addition to the workshops, there are treasure hunts throughout the Island. Selfie challenges can also be initiated. In this challenge, children take pictures of their avatars with various objects and landscapes on the Island.
Q: When can I make robots and design fireworks?
A: There are no designated times to participate. You can always start a workshop.
Q: What if there are no available workshop stations?
A: Wait in the workshop area until someone finishes, then you can begin!
Q: How do the avatars interact?
A: Avatars can become friends with each other and develop a network by sending each other icons and images.
Q: What are the parental controls?
A: In order for children to participate in Art Island, parents are required to approve the application download through a confirmation link sent to their email address.
Q: Can I play offline?
Your child's online privacy is important to us and so we have designed Art Island to allow your child to participate while sharing only a parent/guardian's email address. This email is entered upon registration by the parent/guardian and confirmed via a secure link.
Once in the game, children can only communicate with each other using an iconic language invented for Art Island. This does not allow them to communicate any information beyond those icons.
We do not share, give or sell a parent's or guardian's personal information. Any information we receive will be strictly confidential.
Last modified: July 10, 2015.