Canvas Painting For Kids

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Canvas Painting For Kids

Canvas painting for kids is an excellent activity that fosters creative exploration, skill building, confidence building and develops cognitive skills! Kids do very well with step by step instruction.

With step by step structured painting instruction, you set your child up for success! You will be amazed what he or she creates and he or she will certainly feel very confident!

Also, through step by step instruction you can insert other learning opportunities in other subject areas such as math and science! You can teach your child the basics of art such as the Elements and Principles and even a little Art History if relevant! 

Beginning with painting instruction at home is easy. All you need are a few basic supplies that can be found at your local craft store such as canvases, paints and brushes.

If you’re looking for a detailed list of supplies to get you started with acrylic painting, check out my page here about that.

Start with an easy painting and then work your way up as your child becomes more comfortable with painting. I also recommend that you paint with your child side by side in an “I do, we do” sort of instruction. 

Below is a list a gallery of painting tutorials I recommend you try with your child. The paintings are easy, kid friendly. Each have a tutorial and most have an easy to follow video. Enjoy!


Featured Painting Video:


Gallery of Free Kid Friendly Painting Tutorials:


Digital Download Tutorials:

I have a growing Etsy shop of download tutorials. These are PDF e-books that you can print. They also include a traceable and a private link to a video:

Looking for more? I have a full gallery of painting tutorials. Any of my lessons can be adapted for all ages! Check out my full list of Step By Step Painting Tutorials Here:


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9 thoughts on “Canvas Painting For Kids”

  1. Hi Tracie,
    I love your paintings and tutorials! I am teaching an enrichment after school painting club and was wondering how many paintings you think we would be able to get done. There are five 1 hour sessions once a week after school. How long should I expect each painting to take? I am working with kids in 2nd-4th grade.

    Thanks so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it!

    • Hi Kelly! Most paintings on this website take 1-2 hours depending on complexity of the design and the size of canvas you’re working on. Now for kids in that age range I would say upwards 3 hours (not all in one setting of course). You’ll be able to make this estimate after the first session because your group of kids can vary in how fast they paint. You can always simplify a design too and you might be safe doing one painting for two sessions. Hope this helps!

  2. My sister introduced this to my family at Christmas this year as something fun for all of us to do. It turns out that we loved it and since Christmas have done many more and my daughter invited her friends to join her. Our plan is to do a Christmas seeing each year and my daughter and I are now talking about doing one for each holiday! It’s easy and a lot of fun and it is a great way to spend time with your children!
    ***** I can say however that for my oldest children and adults this has taken us 3 hours on average. I am planning on doing one with my 9 year-old but expecting to take 2 evenings and hoping to finish it!
    +++ please let me know when you have posted new tutorials!

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