Free Tools and Resources You Can Use to Teach Your Child to Draw

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Your children are not a masterpiece that you create. They are their own masterpiece, creating themselves, and you have been given the privilege of watching them be the artist.

J Warren Welch
Are you looking for ways to support your child’s creative development? Help them become the best artist they can be by trying out these incredible free resources! From fun apps to detailed tutorials and experimental games, there’s a little bit for everyone to enjoy!

Apps

sketching tools - brushes
A versatile, user-friendly app that can be used on a mobile device, tablet, or macbook. The possibilities are truly endless with these incredibly realistic tools. Appropriate for all ages.
Paper Virtual Sketchbook
Paper is a virtual sketchbook designed to inspire creativity. Filled to the brim with collections of drawing prompts, tips, tricks, and how-tos, Paper can turn even the most hesitant into bold creators! Appropriate for all ages. Free, with in-app purchases.

YouTube Channels/Playlists

"Art for Kids Hub" family
Family friendly, step-by-step video tutorials on how to draw just about anything! Lessons are grouped by theme into different playlists. Appropriate for all ages.
drawign with Mo Willems post
Perfect for the Elephant and Piggie lovers! Filmed at the onset of quarantine, beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has generously taken the time to offer “drawing for kids” video lessons to his readers. Ages 5+.
tree drawing
Learn how to use pencils and oil pastels to create incredible pieces of artwork. Step-by-step videos make it easy to follow along. Best suited to ages 6+.
lady drawing by pencil

Tutorial videos show how to create realistic pencil drawings. Best suited to ages 10+.

pencil drawing of an eye

Exceptionally detailed pencil drawing for kids tutorials takes viewers step by step through the drawing process. Videos cover specific fine art drawing techniques. Tutorials are easy to understand and apply. Suggested for ages 12+.

Websites

Abstract Compositions
Kids can experiment endlessly with a range of tools to create cool abstract compositions. Suggested for ages 4+.
Toy Theater posture

Toy Theater lets kids experiment with colored blocks, doodling, designing, animation, painting, and prints. Not specific to “drawing for kids”, but acts as a helpful introduction to the art world and creative thinking! All ages.


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