Seventh Heaven – 22 Free Painting Programs for teachers or children

Aren’t Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and DrawPlus 8 expensive? When all you need is a paint program for you or your children to dabble in some natty painting experiment, then wouldn’t it be better to just download a free paint or drawing program? Here are 22 free paint programs and their websites. Download a few and enjoy.

As usual in this, the fifth installment of our Seventh Heaven series, we’ve visited each and every one of these links and can report that at the time of this blog post being published ALL of the links worked and lead directly to the page as described.Just click on the titles to go to the sites!

If you know of any other sites we could add to this lists please leave a comment below.


1 Paint.NET – Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

Paint Net -pdn40_kirkland_thumbPaint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.

Go to for more information.


2 Krita – Digital Painting for Creative Freedom

Krita user-interface-2-9What is Krita? Krita is a FREE sketching and painting program. Krita is a FREE sketching and painting program. It was created with the following types of art in mind: concept art, texture or matte painting, illustrations and comics. These pages give more information.


3 EZ Paint

EZpaintLogoEZ Paint is a free alternative program to MS Paint for your Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8 that has many of the same shortcuts and features. EZ Paint has over 50 interactive tools to make designing graphic illustrations easier. The version we saw was


4 Fresh Paint – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store

Fresh PaintFresh Paint is a Free App available on the Windows Store for use with Windows 8 & 10. It is free but comes with “in-app purchases”. “Fresh Paint is a fun and easy to use painting app with the right tools for artists of all ages.”

Fresh Paint is a free and safe download. Features include drawing or painting with watercolour, oil, pencil, pastel and pen. Natural pressure sensitivity allows precise control of the thickness of brush strokes. Click the fan button to dry all the paint on your canvas instantly.


5 Microsoft Paint – latest version 2015

Microsoft Paint, which has also been known as Paintbrush and Windows Paint, is a very simple and widely recognized image editing and creation application. Microsoft Paint has been a mainstay with all of the Windows Operating Systems. It was first introduced in the early days of Windows 1.0 and is still bundled in with the Windows OS to this day.


6 MyPaint

mypaint-2011-screenshots-traditionnal_09MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

  • Available for Windows and GNU/Linux
  • Designed for pressure sensitive graphics tablets
  • Simple and minimalistic user interface
  • Extensive brush creation and configuration options
  • Unlimited canvas (you never have to resize)
  • Basic layer support


7 PowerPaint

PowerPaint seems to be produced by Flisoft who appear to be a chinese software company. We couldn’t get Powerpaint’s home page to load although access to flisoft’s homepage was available.


8 Artweaver

Artweaver 3.0.4: Create impressive drawings with this free painting tool Artweaver is a full-featured painting tool with a huge set of predefined realistic brushes to paint creatively or just experiment. Artweaver is suitable for beginners and advanced users. It is available in two versions: The Artweaver Free version for free and an Artweaver Plus version with costs which has more features than the free version. provides information on the important features.


9 AvancePaint

Avance Paint scrn1_paint_tmbA complete paint program designed with a unique intuitive user interface that makes AvancePaint easy to learn and use.
It’s powerful enough to suit the advanced user and yet simple enough to please the beginner. Open unlimited number photo’s or pictures and unleash your artistic talents as you will discover the advanced and powerful but easy to use graphical options!
A complete set of more than 20 photo-realistic filters and more than 40 textures are included. Compatible with Windows 95 through to Windows 8



10 Tux Paint

Tux magic_chalk_blur-tTux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). Tux Paint is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. Tux Paint runs on a variety of platforms, including all versions of Windows


11 RealWorld Paint

RealWorld Paint 2011.1: Free image editor with surprisingly powerful features. Design your own logo, buttons or web icons like a pro. Freely combine raster and vector layers. Remove blemishes, resize and crop photos for your blog. Draw attention to a new section of your web site with an animated GIF. Save space with automated gif optimization.

RealWorld Paint installs or requires NO additional packages on your computer. No .net Framework, no adware, no spyware. It just works and on a wide range of Windows versions.


12 HeliosPaint

Heliospaint transpHeliosPaint is a simple paint program for editing icons, images and photos. It can run on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux computers.


13 Free image editing software – Paint and Photo app PictBear

With the easy to use interface based on Windows,
PictBear can be smoothly operated, even by users who are new to using paint software. Customize everything to your specifications to take the efficiency of your work to the next level. Compatible with Windows 95 through to Windows 7.

Because software development for PictBear has finished no support is provided.


14 Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device. You can open and save images from your hard drive or save it to cloud. Requires Flash.


15 ArtRage

Ambient Design is a New Zealand software development company specialising in graphical products You can try ArtRage 4 software for free on PC or Mac. You can still download your ArtRage 2 installer for free from the Member Area. ArtRage gives you real world painting tools on your computer in a stylish, easy to use environment that lets you get down to the process of creating without digital distractions


16 Drawing for Children

Drawing for Children, is a complete paint program not just for children. Drawing for Children has been tested by Softonic, but it doesn’t have a review in English. It can be downloaded from Softonic.


17 SpeedyPainter- A free lightweight painting application

Speedy Painter is an OpenGL based painting software for Windows. It supports Wacom digitizers to vary size and opacity of brush strokes according to pen pressure.


18 Project Dogwaffle 1.2 – the Free PC Paint program

Project Dogwaffle 1.2  is a freeware version of the paint & animation  program Project Dogwaffle and PD Pro Digital Painter, developed byDan Ritchie – version 1.2 is based on a subset of version 2.0.


19 Simple Paint

Simple Paint is a supremely simple painting app to teach small children the basics of using a mouse. This app doesn’t have a save or undo function. There’s a blank canvas, a selection of colours and paintbrush widths and a variety of brightly-coloured stamps. As far as options go, Simple Paint just allows you to erase the whole canvas or to fill it with a solid colour. The different paintbrushes don’t have any special effects, but with a bit of practice you – or your child – should be able to produce a passable drawing.


20 Mischief – Sketching & Drawing & Painting Software

Mischief sketching, drawing, and painting software for Mac OSX and Windows. Download for free the Essential tools with an infinite canvas, perfect for hashing out ideas and endless doodles! Buy for $25 for the full experience.


21 GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program

gimp windows_cropGIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.


22 Kea Coloring Book for Windows

The Kea Coloring Book is a fun colouring book game that lets kids colour in colouring pages using a bucket fill, freehand brush, or the special magic brush (which stays inside the lines).  There are plenty of colours to choose from and kids will have lots of fun mixing their own colours – just like real paint!


I hope you found some good and usable painting programs from within this list. If you like this article then have a look at other posts in this the second of the Seventh Heaven series.

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