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Easy Types of Painting for Children of All Ages

Painting styles for children in Hillsboro
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Welcome back to Golden Road Arts in Hillsboro. Last time we were here, we talked about making collages in the classroom.

While painting can be a messy project for parents and teachers, kids of all ages love to paint. Whether you are creating art in the classroom or at home, there are many different styles of painting to choose from. Today we’re going to share some of the easiest ones for children to get started with.

10 Inspiring Types of Painting for Children

1. Finger Painting

Finger painting is a classic painting style for younger kids. Early on in their development, children can experience sensory play while learning to develop fundamental painting techniques by using their fingers.

2. Watercolors

Watercolor painting is a fun way for children to develop greater precision in their painting styles. By holding a pencil or brush, children improve their motor skills and can enjoy blending different colors to create their vision.

3. Tempera Painting

Tempera painting is a good choice for younger children, as it can be easily washed off surfaces. Young painters can experiment with vibrant colors and patterns, then wash off the design when they are finished.

4. Pre-Printed Canvas Painting

Pre-printed canvases feature many different designs that children can color. This is a good option for older children who may want to paint more complicated pieces, and would also like an outline to work with as they develop their skills.

5. Color Theory

Learning color theory is an important part of a child’s art education. There are many exercises to put color theory into practice through mixing paints and using the color wheel to help young artists understand color schemes.

6. Acrylic Painting

Acrylic paint is more suitable for older children looking for higher-quality results. Acrylics can be used on canvas and other items such as rocks.

7. Splatter Painting

Splatter painting is a fun (but messy) activity enjoyed by kids of all ages. Prepare some space outside and let the kids create colorful artworks.

8. Shaving Cream Painting

Shaving cream painting uses easily-found household items. Simply add some watercolors or food coloring to the shaving cream, then create patterns on a tray.

9. Scratch Art

Scratch art teaches children to use art materials in different ways. Instead of a brush, children can use a scraping tool, an old credit card, or another object to scratch designs into paint.

10. Flower Painting

Flower painting is a simple way to create art at home. The process starts by collecting flowers or leaves, applying paint to them, then pressing them into paper to create interesting patterns and shapes.

Start Painting at Home or in the Classroom

Golden Road Arts creates instructional content on painting and a range of other artistic techniques. If you want to teach children of all ages how to paint, watch our free art lessons now. Also, if you’d like to support our efforts, you can make a donation or buy art from our online art gallery.

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