Latino art and artists remain highly underrepresented in the United States. While there may be many reasons for that reality, the one Microsoft is attempting to eliminate is the lack of access to opportunities and resources as early on as possible. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher looking to encourage a young child’s artistic direction, Microsoft can help by transforming classrooms with Paint 3D, a free tool in Windows 10 that let’s everyone express their creativity.

Microsoft has taken Classic Paint and updated the look and feel with new brushes and tools.  With its new 3D model feature, Paint 3D is perfect for kids looking to unleash their creativity in a variety of different classroom subjects.

Here are five way you can get started today:


Microsoft Creative Director Jennifer O’Brien discovers how a cell biology lesson starter activity can be enhanced with Paint 3D. The activity creates a cross-section of a volcano, going from a 2D image to a 3D representation that can be integrated within PowerPoint.


In this video, we visit the Paint 3D studio to hear from Product Innovation Lead, Andy Huntington, about how Paint 3D can be used with models from Remix 3D to spark discussion in the classroom around technological milestones like 3D printing.


Paint 3D Art Director, Marcus Tanner, demonstrates the simple process of creating a 3D model as an ice-breaker activity. Ergonomics and human factors are introduced as he creates a new piece of furniture: combining the digital and physical world with Mixed Reality Viewer in a Design and Technology lesson.

Using Paint 3D enables rapid experimentation and prompts exciting new creative outcomes.


Paul Clarke, a teacher and artist in residence at Paint 3D, demonstrates ways in which Paint 3D can support the arts curriculum.

First, he takes us through an objective-focused activity to create mythical creatures from photos using the Magic select tool in Paint 3D. He creates a 3D fictional illustration using models from Remix 3D and hand-drawn elements.


In this video, we join Senior Program Manager Danielle Schmitt to see how Paint 3D can be used to create interactive math resources. We see how creating 3D models and viewing them in Mixed Reality can present difficult abstract concepts in a fun and engaging way for students.

Microsoft hopes to encourage kids to stay curious and creative, whether they decide to follow artistic paths, or incorporate art in other careers; the opportunities are endless.