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NGAkids BRUSHSTER Interactive


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 the Brushster  program remains open.  

To play, please download Brushster. which is available as a standalone file for Mac and Windows, or as part of the  Art Zone compilation.


The online version of this interactive is no longer available. To play, please download the desktop version of Brushster for Mac or PC.

Mac users, download Brushster for OS X.

If it has not automatically expanded after downloading to your Mac, doubleclick the zip file to decompress. Open the folder and doubleclick the program file (.app) you wish to launch.  If a warning about internet security pops up, simply hold down the CONTROL key while clicking OPEN to start the program.  Once the program has been authorized, this security warning will not repeat.

PC users, download Brushster for Windows.

If the .zip file  has not automatically expanded after downloading to your Windows PC,  extract (decompress) the entire folder and save it to a convenient location on your computer.  Open the decompressed folder and click the program file (.exe ) to launch Brushster.

The program also is included in the Art Zone compilation or as a free  NGAkids CD.

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 on CD

Read more about the interactive discs currently available.

Visit Learning Resources to register and request NGAkids CDs.


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