Pokémon Art Academy is an educational game that aims to teach the player how to draw, using Pokémon as subjects. An NPC named Professor Andy guides the player through 40 art lessons of varying complexity, each using a different Pokémon as the subject. Several different art tools exist, including markers, pastels, and spray paint. Though lessons lock the player to the specific tools the game is currently teaching, a mode called Free Paint allows the player to use any tool in the repertoire to draw any Pokémon they wish. This mode allows the optional use of reference images, which may be unlocked through completing lessons or downloaded during a limited time period.