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NGAkids BRUSHSTER Interactive

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BRUSHSTER is an abstract painting machine for kids of all ages. This interactive has more than forty brushes and many customizable size, transparency, and stroke options. A rainbow palette, along with a toolbox of special effects that blur, ripple, smudge, blend, and fragment your designs make Brushster a full-feature painting program. You can use it to draw pictures, but Brushster is especially good at making  abstract art.

Do you love random squiggles and dramatic gestures, or are you happier when everything is neat and orderly? Do you like vibrant colors or soft pastels? Do you enjoy drawing pictures, or can you express yourself best through color and texture? Brushster can do it all. Abstract painting is like visual music. It lets you share your mood or express an idea without painting a recognizable picture of something in the real world.

Brushster is programmed to paint abstract art, but the tools can be used to create realistic pictures, too. If you'd like to draw with Brushster, select brush #32 and adjust the size slider to make a thin line. You can HOLD paintings as you work, which makes it easy to backtrack if you change your mind. Held images will remain active and re-paintable as long as your web browser window with the Brushster  program remains open. If you refresh the  page, the program will reload and the work in progress will disappear.

Macintosh users: please download the desktop application or order the free Brushster CD.


NGAkids interactives require Adobe's Shockwave Player. Macintosh web browsers are not 100% compatible with the online version of this program. Please download the Mac app below or request a free CD.


Due to recent changes in OS X, the NGAkids online programs that include freehand painting and drawing no longer work with new Macs. The desktop application we are offering below does not require a web browser or plug-ins and it's fully compatible.

Mac users, please download the program.

NGAkids for iPad

NGAkids for iPad
Learn more about NGAkids Art Zone for iPad, which is available for download on the App Store. This app contains nine new interactive activities and an array of art-making tools that will inspire artists of all ages. The same interactive programs, customized for Macintosh and Windows-based computers, are available on our new NGAkids App CD

NGAkids on CD

Our most recent compilation CD, NGAkids Art Zone 1.0: The Early Years, offers an array of easy-to-use activities suitable for children in grades K-6. Read more about the nine interactive discs currently available.

Visit Learning Resources to register and request NGAkids CDs.


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