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NGAkids Art Zone

Create an animated seascape or an abstract composition by arranging photographs of natural and man-made objects found near the shore.

Create an interactive abstract painting with 40 brushes, a full-color palette, and special effects. 

Create animated portraits and landscape paintings in the style of American naive artists.

Create a tropical landscape filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.

Create an interactive still life that mirrors the paintings of the old masters.

Decorate a 17th-century dollhouse as you explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist's studio, and courtyard of a make-believe Dutch house.

Photo Op is a two-part interactive introduction to digital photography. Snap some pictures, then use the image editing software to add kaleidoscopic special effects, warps, and blends.

Construct a collage by dragging and dropping photo snippets, words, numbers, background colors, and textured shapes. Collage Machine is fun for all ages.

Flow is a motion painting machine. Enjoy the changing patterns and colors as you create and combine pictures on overlapping layers.

Choose a background image or start with a blank slate, then draw something in Paintbox. Add warps and other special effects to make silly pictures.

SwatchBox is a painting tool that lets you mix millions of colors. Experiment with different hues, shades, and values, then combine your favorites to create your own color palette.

Wallovers are symmetrical decorations painted on a virtual wall. Select a grid, pattern, and background color, then create your own interlaced patterns.

Use 3-D Twirler to design and texturize three-dimensional geometric shapes and set them in motion.

Design a moving sculpture and take it for a spin. Try to balance the shapes and colors.

This interactive portrait maker has 49 colors and 24 brushes. Draw freehand or use the AUTO mode for surprising effects. 

NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages. You can learn about each program by clicking on the associated thumbnail image. Download the Art Zone or NGAkids App applications to your Macintosh or Windows-based computer, or order the free CDs. There is also an iOS version of the NGAkids App for iPad. These interactives are no longer available for online play. 

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NGAkids for iPad

NGAkids for iPad
Learn more about NGAkids Art Zone for iPad, which is available for download on the App Store. This iOS 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, or you can use the links above to download a desktop version for Mac or PC. 


NGAkids Art Zone on CD 
The Art Zone CD includes 17 of our most popular interactive programs: Brushster, Dutch House, Faces and Places, Jungle, Photo Op, Sea-Saws, Still Life, 3-D Twirler, Collage Machine, Cubits, Flow, Mobile, Paintbox/Swatchbox, Pixelface, and Wallovers.

The NGAkids App CD contains eight additional painting and collage activities related to art in the National Gallery, plus a freehand sketchbook. These easy-to-use creative tools are fun for children of all ages.

Our standalone CD programs are compatible with recent versions of Mac OS X and Windows, and they do not require an Internet connection. For immediate access, use the download links above to install the program on your computer.


Learning Resources

The Education Division provides free loans to individuals, schools, and organizations. You can borrow teaching packets, films, and more through this form.

Parents and teachers are invited to request NGAkids CDs or other free films and publications. The lending service is free, but you will be responsible for return postage.

Children's Guides

The Inside Scoop has been revised and published as a paperback book. This family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing. Download PDFs from An Eye for Art.


Download or borrow teaching packets, classroom activities, and videos. Find information about guided school tours, learn about outreach programs for local students, or enroll in our teacher workshops or the summer Teacher Institute. 

Resources for Teachers

Family Programs

The Family Programs page includes on-site programs, information on films for children, and resources to enhance your visit.


If you need some technical advice about how to use our site, visit the NGAkids help page


NGAkids online is supported in part by a generous grant from the Ruth S. Willoughby Foundation.

NGAkids Art Zone interactives were developed by Al Jarnow of Protozone Inc. in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art.  


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