Drawing & Painting Tools

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The following is a collection of resources and online activities for students. The age range varies greatly between links so click around, explore, and enjoy! If a link is broken, my apologies, please email me here and, if possible, I will fix it.

    Drawing: How to Draw– the biggest list of online drawing & painting sites that I have seen.
    Harmony: Free web based drawing tool with some interesting effects.
    Drawing PAN: click the “Drawing PAN” link on the left. This is an online drawing and painting tool with layers.
    Psykopaint: (Grades 6-12) Now your students can take on the role of an Impressionist through the use of the digital photography painting tool. Simply choose your brush and paint right over the image to see the colors blend and become more artistic. It’s a little tricky to figure out, but great once you get going.
    Inkscape: Vector Editor
    Bomomo Interactive Art Creator: (Grades 4-12) Create abstract digital art
    Jackson Pollock: (Grades K-12) Now students can create their own Jackson Pollack painting by simply using their mouse. Each click changes the color. To save, students will need to do a print screen.
    Mondrimat: (Grades 4-12) This one took me a minute to figure out, but once I was rolling, I was completely sucked in for nearly an hour. Here students create block art online and can click away to their hearts’ content.
    Mr.Picasso Head: (Grades 2-12) Take on the challenge of cubism and create a portrait in the style of Picasso.
    Kerpoof Studio: (Grades K-8) This is a great, educational site, that allows students to create animated stories.
    Labuat: (Grades 7-12) I’ve never seen a site like this one, and I have to say the coolness factor is truly high on this site. A musical track plays, and students use a computer mouse to animate the song. This would be a great site for an interactive white board.
    Flame Painter: is a unique paint program that let’s you draw with fire! Truly awesome!
    Fields: is an experimental particle field sandbox. Millions of small particles are driven by force fields, which you can move, resize and change their parameters and this way create abstract compositions.
    Fluid Painter: experimental tool for painting in liquid. You can create fluid paintings with variable brush color, size, opacity, noise on different preset backgrounds. With “Liquidity” option you can change liquidity of the fluid.
    Kleki: works best with a pen tablet. Also you can use Kleki on your iPhone, iPad or Android Phone/Tablet.
    Paint – Wiiplayable: (Grades K-12) This virtual sketch pad can actually be used with the Wii remote if you have an internet connection with a Wii console or you can use a computer mouse. Simply draw and click the play button to see your drawing replayed back to you.
    Paper Critters: (Grades 3-12) Be sure to click on the Toy Creator to get started. Here you can create your own paper critter that can be printed and folded into a 3-D origami like papercraft. This could be a good resource for claymation projects, as students could create several paper critters with different emotions for an animated short.
    Repper «Create your own patterns: (Grades 4-12) Here is an interesting site for demonstrating symmetry. Simply use one of the preloaded images or upload one of your own to create a symmetrical pattern. The final pattern can be downloaded as a tile and then used in PowerPoint as a new background template or the CSS code can be used in any webpage authoring software.
    Street Art: All the brick wall graffiti without breaking the law.
    AirBrush: Use your webcam to paint with your whole body!
    Tessellation Tool: (Grades 3-7) Students can create their own tessellation artwork. Though the site isn’t everything it could be, it does allow the freedom to customize the shape before generating the final tessellated image.
    The Graffiti Creator: (Grades 9-12) This is a graffiti text paint tool where students can type in a name or phrase and create unique logos and images. Unfortunately, ads are a small problem, but the tool offers many choices for student creativity.
    ZeWall: Playing with ZeWall feels almost like you’re really there. The applet lets you paint on pictures of real backgrounds with a variety of brushes. Paint brick walls, plaster walls, trees, trains, trucks and more without ever worrying about getting caught.
    Graffiti Playdo: lets you create awesome graffiti with other people who are online at the same time. Much like the chat rooms of yesteryear, several people are in each room. Every person gets a turn to paint, and when you’re done you’ve got a collaborative public art project that you helped create without ever leaving your desk chair.
    Viscosity: (Grades 5-12) Here is another cool abstract art tool. Time seems to slip away as students delve deeper into this tool and create amazing works of art. Completed pieces can be downloaded easily or consider having it virtually framed with Picnik.
    Queeky-Paint: a unique browser-based drawing tool for creating animated drawings online. It records as you draw and you can play back the whole process.
    Queeky-MultiDraw: is a collaborative drawing tool based on QueekyPaint 1.0 Draw and chat in real time!
    Livebrush: is a drawing application. It employs an easy-to-use brush tool that reacts to your gesture. By combining simple motion controls with brush styles, Livebrush offers a fun and unique way to create graphics. Download only.
    ArtRage 2 Starter Edition: Try out 8 of the painting tools from the latest version of ArtRage 2 along with a number of the basic features of the product.
    Tux Paint: is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6).
    Odosketch: An online drawing pad that enables you to draw pictures online with a soft pastel look.
    DrawBerry: you have all the possibilities the vectorial drawing offers you in a free, easy to use and powerful application. If you don’t need applications such Illustrator or Inkscape and you want to create some simple (or less simple) illustrations, DrawBerry is for you.
    deviantART Muro: Free drawing app. No registration or download required. Export your creations as a .png file. (Select the the “Pro” option instead of “Basic” to use layers.)
    Sketch and Paint: It’s a free online drawing program. No email registration required and the ability to save drawings as a jpg file.