Apps for Making Art

Take a virtual coloring book or easel with you wherever you go with these playful and colorful apps. You could never carry this many paintbrushes, crayons, or sticks of chalk in your purse, and now you don't have to. And if you're looking for more ways to encourage kids to be expressive, our Modern Kids' Guide to Digital Creativity is packed with inspiration for all ages.

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Art Class with Dr. Panda

age 3+

Fun, directed crafts best as inspiration for offscreen art.

Devices: Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Crayola Create and Play

age 3+

Delightful creativity and game combo for subscription.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Tiny Robot Maker

age 3+

Cool card-creating activity boosts basic robot maker.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Mickey's Magical Arts World

age 3+

Immersive and fun art world is pay as you go.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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Bord

age 4+

Nearly flawless chalkboard app with some clever surprises.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2011)
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Bug Art

age 4+

Beautiful bugs inspire creativity in well-rounded app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Digitalwerkstatt Art Studio

age 4+

Simple, shape-based creative tool with murky tutorial.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Drawing Pad

age 4+

Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Paint Sparkles Draw - my first colors HD !

age 4+

Magical effects are a fun twist, but beware in-app buys.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity

age 5+

Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.

Devices: iPad (2016)
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Art of Glow

age 6+

Create free, simple, mesmerizing art with a finger twirl.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2010)
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How to Draw-Full Version

age 6+

Cool app teaches even young kids how to sketch.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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PlayART by Tapook

age 6+

Mimic masters to make art in unique creative experience.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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Art Set

age 7+

Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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The Anti-Coloring Book App

age 8+

Creative inspiration with so-so tools, pressure to buy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Brushes Redux

age 9+

Painting app offers lots of options for creative expression.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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iOrnament

age 8+

Creating beautiful, geometric images fascinates, educates.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Jazza's Arty Games

age 9+

Idea generator jazzes up kids' hard-copy drawings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Mixerpiece

age 9+

Creativity abounds with bits and pieces of classic art.

Devices: iPad (2018)
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Paper by WeTransfer

age 13+

Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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