Van Gogh For It! 10 Painting Projects for Young Artists

Don't let your arts and crafts time become routine! Finger painting is fun but you shouldn't be afraid to try something new. We hope this list of unique, creative painting challenges will inspire your emerging artists to try new techniques, take on new challenges, and explore new skills!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Galactic Painting

    Bring outer space into your home with some paint, construction paper, and an old toothbrush!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

    Suminagashi is a Japanese art where you create your art on water first and transfer it to paper. It is beautiful and very relaxing to do. My kids loved it!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Flower Pot Painting

    We love to explore new techniques with paints. There are so many different ways to paint. On this day we simply poured paints on top of some flower pots and let the magic happen!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Watecolor Resist Painting

    Teach your budding artist about the importance of negative space with this watercolor resist painting technique, then have fun coloring in your sea creatures!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Texture Painting
    Texture Painting

    (Ages 3-11)

    Adding different textures to paint made for a very fun morning of painting not only for my kids but for me too! Love when we change something slightly and it takes a simple morning of painting to a whole new discovery of art techniques.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Watercolor Salt Painting

    Painting with salt is like magic! It’s mesmerizing to watch the paint climb up the salt crystals. Younger kids will be happy drawing abstract designs and doodles, while older children can try more deliberate designs like animals, letters or people.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Chalk Paints
    Chalk Paints

    (Ages 4-9)

    Take your art to the streets with this DIY chalk paint!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Symmetrical Art
    Symmetrical Art

    (Ages 3-8)

    Symmetrical art is such a fun way of exploring with paint for toddlers and preschoolers!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Rainbow Painting

    What child does not love to paint a rainbow? This is a new twist on a rainbow painting and was a lot of fun for my kids to drag paint around the paper with a kitchen sponge!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Canvas Painting with Kids

    It's easy and fun to create beautiful wall art with children. I love painting with my kids and we have made such great art that holds great memories for all of us. Now that is the kind of art I want on my walls!


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