This Activity allows users to create paintings or drawings. It can also be used to edit images created by other Activities and the images it creates can be imported into some Activities.



You can start a new project or open an existing Paint project in the Journal. You can also edit other images, in the Journal use the 'Start with' menu item for images made with Record etc.

Primary tool bar


1 secondary toolbar - display or change the name of the drawing that is saved in the Journal

2 secondary toolbar - edit

3 tool properties

4 brush tool

5 erase tool

6 flood fill tool - fills an enclosed area with the color selected in tool properties (if the shape you try to fill has gaps then the whole screen may fill)

7 color picker tool - click on the screen to set the drawing color

8 stamp tool - select an area with the select tool, then copy it with the stamp tool

9 select tool - drag to select a rectangular area of the screen, drag again to move the selection. Also use with the edit toolbar (copy, paste, clear), with the stamp tool or with the image toolbar (rotate, mirror, scale, invert colors)

10 secondary tool bar - shapes

11 secondary tool bar - insert text, set bold, italic, size, font

12 secondary tool bar - image

13 stop - quits the Activity

Secondary tool bar - Edit


1 undo

2 redo

3 copy area selected with the select tool to the clipboard (use this to crop images, select the area you want, copy to the clipboard and then select 'Keep' on the clip item on the left border of the screen. The original image is unchanged and a new 'Image clipping' item is saved in the Journal

4 paste from clipboard (the image is pasted in the top left, use the select tool to drag to the desired place)

5 clear the selected area

Tool properties

Changes the properties of the brush tool or the stamp tool


When the brush tool is selected, changes the color, size and shape of the brush tool. Also affects the shape and text tools.


When the stamp tool is selected, changes the size of the stamp

Secondary tool bar - shapes


1 Shapes properties - set the fill color, aspect ratio, the number of sides of stars and polygons (the border is set in brush properties)

2 Ellipse (hold down shift for circle)

3 Rectangle (hold down shift for squares)

4 Line

5 Free form

6 Polygon (number of sides set in Shapes properties)

7 Heart

8 Parallelogram

9 Arrow

10 Star (number of points set in Shapes properties)

11 Trapezoid

12 Triangle

Secondary tool bar - images


1 Insert image from Journal

2 Rotate selected area left

3 Rotate selected area right

4 Horizontal mirror selected area

5 Vertical mirror selected area

6 Scale selected area height

7 Scale selected area width

8 Convert selected area from color to gray

9 Rainbow

10 Invert colors in selected area (white -> black, red -> blue etc.)


Paint is a versatile Activity with many uses such as:

  • creating drawings or paintings
  • creating images for inserting into Write documents
  • creating slides for a Portfolio Activity slide show
  • creating images for using in other Activities including Turtle Blocks and many more
  • editing and cropping screen shots (take screen shots with Alt-1)
  • editing and cropping photos taken with the Record Activity
  • editing and cropping images made by other Activities including Turtle Blocks and many more


Paint does not support sharing. You can use Turtle Blocks for collaborative drawing.


Developers' information


Oficina (the Paint Activity) was developed and adapted to the XO using Python for the team NATE-LSI (Integrated Systems Laboratory), in the Polytechnical School at University of São Paulo, Brazil.