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Art isn’t just about paper and paints, in this day and age we mustn’t neglect that newest of art forms – digital art. Encouraging children to try out and experiment with this newest of art forms can expand their creative horizons, and help develop their computer skills.  The internet is a vast place, continuously growing at a rapid pace, and there is lots out there to help children develop their digital creativity.  So I have put together a select list of some of the best that I’ve come across so far:


Pixel Fun

Pixel This Game
The picture puzzles in the "Pixel This" game contain little information. Each one starts out with just a few large squares in different shades of gray. Each square is called a "picture element," or "pixel." The more pixels there are, the more details we see. This is how digital cameras work.

-a fun, easy-to-use online pixel art program with a number of cool unique features. It's designed to let you create and share great pixel art.

-an interactive portrait maker and drawing board. You have 49 colors and 24 brushes to play with. Select a model to begin. Click the red AUTO button create a portrait in the style and resolution you've chosen. To draw your own design, click the pencil. then select a color, pixel size, and brush.

Make Pixel Art 
-a free online app for creating pixel art. It's fun, easy to use, and it's simple to get started - even if you've never made pixel art before

Landscape, Still Life & Portraiture

Faces & Places
-create portraits and landscape paintings in the style of American naive artists. By combining visual elements borrowed from more than 100 works in the National Gallery's permanent collection, this two-part interactive activity offers an overview of American folk art of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Ultimate Flash Face
- a simple to use tool that generates amazing face sketches, You choose from a large number of each facial component including hair, head shape, eyebrows, glasses, eyes, nose, mustache, mouth, beard, and chin. In a matter of minutes you can have a realistic looking composite facial sketch. You can save and load your creations later and you can also print them.

Still LIfe
NGAkids Still Life helps you create interactive compositions that mirror the paintings of the old masters. Explore spatial arrangement, perspective, proportion, and balance while creating engaging, interactive still life compositions that mix everyday objects with elements borrowed from famous works of art.

Using this uncomplicated drawing app, you can create figures using elements of Pablo Picasso’s painting style. To get an idea, take a look at a few ‘Picassoheads’ in the Gallery section. Simply use the mouse to drag, drop, and arrange the elementsto create heads.

-inspired by the paintings of French artist Henri Rousseau.  Mix and match the colorful characters, change weather and lighting conditions, or construct flowers, trees, and plants using special tools. An "AUTO" button generates random compositions, so you can sample program options and experiment with special effects.

Jackson Pollock 
You can follow this American artist's abstract example by doing your own splattering and spattering on the computer screen with a mouse. A click changes the color in this Flash game and you can wildly move the mouse around to create wonderful patterns.

Pattern and Symmetry
Tesselate! A tessellation is a repeating pattern of polygons that covers a plane with no gaps or overlaps.
Square grid                 Triangle grid                Escher-style  

Let’s Tessellate!
a program just for beginners

"Guilloche" Pattern Creator
Guilloché (or Guilloche) is a decorative, precise and intricate repetitivepattern with spirograph-like curves Guilloche Pattern Generator allows you to create a guilloche rosette online

Repper Patterns (Demo)
 -a pattern creator that turns your images into eye-catching designs. It is easy, fun.this online application allows you to create your own repeating patterns. Enjoy exploring the infinite variety of patterns!

-symmetrical decorations painted on a virtual wall. Select a grid, pattern, and background color, then create your own designs, or click the AUTODRAW button and watch the computer generate patterns for you. Click the printer icon to save your art.

Drawing and Painting Applications

Students can use Wixie’s paint tools, stickers, and text too. The free version of Wixie lets you paint pictures, add text, add clip art, and 
much more. It gives you a great opportunity to try Wixie and see how it works.

Canvastic (0nline)
Another simple online drawing tool. It features easy to understand tools and options with a clear, clean interface.

-tool for mixing and drawing with millions of colors.

Choose a background image or start with a blank slate, then draw something in  Add WARP EFFECTS to make silly pictures.

Collage Makers

Aminahs World Art Builder
Combining traditional art materials with found objects and everyday materials such as buttons, cloth, leather, twigs, shells to create magical two- and three-dimensional works of art.

Collage Machine
use the collection of objects, colors and shapes offered and then drag them onto their workspace. After doing so, the images can be manipulated in a variety of ways. Get ready for hours of fun! Try the Auto selection, too, and see what pops up. All "kid safe" images.

Select photographs of natural and man-made objects, then assemble the pieces to create a seascape or an abstract composition. The BUILD tool helps you construct animated characters. ADD them to your scene as still objects, movers, rockers, or rollers. Hit the green PLAY button to set the scene in motion.

Abstract Art -Digital Line, Shape, and Color, & Motion

allows anyone to create complex landscapes of color and line with simply the swipe of a computer mouse.

draw intricate neon flames. There are a lot of options allowing you to fine-tune your flame to perfection. No matter how you draw it, the quality of the generated image is nothing short of amazing.

Flame Painter
-a unique paint application that lets you easily create original artworks, light effects, unconventional design or beautiful backgrounds with flame brushes.

-a motion painting machine. Enjoy watching the changing patterns and colors as you mix pictures on two overlapping layers. Choose designs from four sets of menu icons, or add to the flow by clicking the pencil tool to create your own designs.

Digital drawing with a difference. You can have lots of fun creating semi-random compositions with a variety of digital tools. You can also save the finished result onto your computer.

- has more than forty brushes and many customizable size, transparency, and stroke options. A rainbow palette, along with a toolbox of special effects that blur, ripple, smudge, blend, and fragment your designs make BRUSHster a full-feature painting program.

"Pencil" Drawing & Stetching

Pencil Madness
This drawing game offers some original pencil strokes that can allow you to make a masterpiece beyond your imagination. Adjust color, size, and opacity to the different stokes to make countless variations in your sketches.

 Just try making a few strokes and within minutes you'll have something ready to submit to the gallery. 

You can create your own online sketches and see the sketches of others. You can also view a slideshow of sketches in action.


Turn scribbles into art!
Have fun playing Draw out a rough draft of your picture and hit scribble to create a work of fantastic art.


And MORE!!

-two-part interactive activity that introduces you to digital photography and editing. Use the virtual camera to create snapshots and explore lighting, focus, shutter speed, and compositional effects. Switch to the Photo Op editor and transform your pictures into something completely different.

Watch the virtual mobile change and grow as you add branches, shapes, and colors. Adjust the orbit speed and make the pieces spin. See how the mobile casts shadows on the wall, then change your point of view and watch it create spirographic patterns as it moves through space.

-very simple, and allows you to splash paint around with a bucket as well as using a brush. At the end you can ‘frame’ it and post it to the online gallery to share with the world.

-changes pixels on the screen to digital sand. The specialities of the digital sand lie in the possibility of saving the original pieces of sand art in the gallery or printing them out.
it’s simple – you just need to choose colors and click and drag on the canvas. Even lets you download as a desktop wallpaper.

-drawing tool that lets you create drawings with a backdrop of clouds. Select a cloud image, draw with your mouse using different types of brushes that include Sketchy, Curvy, and Fur. The absence of any other tools puts your creativity to the test and produces remarkable results.

My Tree Animation
Flipbook Deluxe
Flipbook! is the drawing game that allows people to create simple animations and share them with the world!

Disney Flip Book
Animate something amazing! Create a flipbook and design your own animations.

ABCya Animation
Kids enjoy animation, with AnimateStar kids can learn the basics of animation using a 40 frame easy to use interface. Animations can be as short as 2 frames or as long as 40 frames. Kids can save too!

Artie's House
-games galore from a canvas on which you can splatter paint to quiz style games based onpaintings.The colorful and interactive website is suitable for kids aged 4-12