Artventure - A mixed reality learning platform for engaging visual art learning

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Abstract

'Artventure' is a mixed reality learning platform with a visual art curriculum. It connects traditional visual art drawing activities with a digital game using AR technology. The aim is to encourage children to keep practicing drawing, while having fun and developing their creativity. Kids follow the curriculum in the game and draw missions, reaching different levels. Through the AR experience, kids can directly use their drawing in the game and influence the virtual stories. ‘Artvenure’ provides different layers of engagement, leading to learning through play.

Inspiration and Method

I began this design exploration inspired by my personal experience on visual art learning and my efforts to motivate myself to keep practicing and to not give up along my entire childhood. This lead me to take a critical look at the current visual art education and the engagement for children.

I set up a series of research trips combined with the observations and contextual inquiries. The research was conducted in both China and Sweden. Over 17 people consisting of parents, educators, and experts were interviewed.  Besides that, playing a role as a teacher in the art classes also help me to understand children and their need. The insights gathered during the research brought the conclusion that there is a need for creating a learning experience that combines digital play and physical activities.

Based on that, 12 concepts were created as the new engagement that encourages children learning visual art. And 4 functional prototypes were created for doing the user testing. Children show strong interest in this new format of learning and get very intrigued by the combination of digital experience and physical activities.

Result

The final concept solution is a learning platform with visual art curriculum that includes both technical skill classes and creative classes, which is the core of the design. But the core is realized through the medium of a mixed-reality game include an IPad game, a tool card package, and AR experience.

It connects the traditional visual art drawing activities and a digital game with AR technology for children to encourage them to keep practicing drawing, meanwhile having fun and developing their creativity. Kids follow the curriculum in the game and draw the missions for the different levels. By using the AR experience, kids can directly use their drawing in the game and influence the virtual stories.