My son is in Year 5 of Primary school. He was given an art project to create something with the theme of ‘freedom’. Being the proto-geek he is, he created and 3D-printed a chick breaking out of an egg. He did all the design, using Tinkercad, and printing himself.
I’m going to be interested to see how his teacher rates it, given it is definitely not a traditional artwork. Then again if Jeff Koons can commission workers to give effect to his ideas, and go on to sell his creations for millions, is there intrinsically anything different in using a 3D-printer? We will see.
Anyway my son certainly put a lot of effort into it and learnt a great deal on the way. And being able to design using a 3D-CAD program may well be more useful in the long-run than using poster paints and pencils.