Art Projects With Paint For Children

Mixing paint colors and textures makes an interesting project for children.

Before handing children a paintbrush, some paint and paper to “go paint a picture,” consider inspiring them with projects that utilize interesting tools, additives and subjects. Paint supplies a suitable medium for children of all ages and lends itself to all skill levels. Beginners enjoy simple activities involving color, while more experienced children can meet the challenge of creating projects that require the study of masterpieces.

Mix Up

Children can learn the effects of mixing colors in this art project with paint. The project involves exploring the results of mixing primary colors with white or black to achieve as many different colors as possible.

Provide each child a palette of red, blue, yellow, white and black paints. Remind children that black contains very strong pigment and should be used sparingly. Children mix colors together to create as many new colors as possible during this art exploration project. On a sheet of paper, children place a small sample of each new color. Once finished mixing paint, children can decide on new, creative names for each new color created.


Children learn that paint can have texture in this paint art project. Provide children with different ingredients to experiment mixing with paint. Students add the ingredients to the paint and use them to create works of art.

Each child or group requires several different texture creating elements to mix into the paint. These may include salt, sand, glitter, liquid soap, rice, tiny paper pieces or bits of hay, for example. Children also need paper, paintbrushes, craft sticks for mixing, several different colors of paint and a palette for mixing in the texture material. After creating a textured paint, children use it in a textured painting.


Teach children that paint application can take many forms. Provide them with paint, paper and many different household items for applying paint. These items might include old toothbrushes, straws, sponges, cotton swabs, small sticks and rag pieces.

Allow students to experiment with the applicators on large sheets of paper. Little guidance accompanies the activity as children explore rubbing, flicking, dripping, dropping and stroking the applicators against the paper. This project can provide experience mixing paint as well; the method of application allows paints to blend and mix, exposing to children the various colors that appear.

Masterpiece Reproductions

Children study a masterpiece to create this art project, learning about the painting as they complete an original reproduction. Help children choose a simplistic, engaging masterpiece suitable for a child’s reproduction. Paintings to consider might include “Starry Night” by Van Gogh, “Vase with Twelve Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “The Gourmet” by Picasso or “Mona Lisa” by DaVinci.

Children consider a way to make the painting an original reproduction, giving it a personal touch, such as creating a vase of twelve roses in the style of Van Gogh’s work or painting themselves in DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” pose. One common version of this activity involves painting Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with the sky overlooking the child’s hometown rather than the village in France.