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Artwork copyright . Frank Samuelson. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids

The first coloring books were introduced in the 1880s so that students could fill in the colors and benefit from art education, even if they weren’t doing the drawing themselves. A coloring page can help you see things in a new way or let you explore colors without worrying about line.

Benefits of Coloring: When you’re coloring, you’re focused on the simple activity in front of you. This relaxes your brain, keeps away intrusive thoughts, and relieves stress. It activates different parts of the brain, including logic and creativity. It induces a meditative state when you focus on the details of a coloring page. It improves motor skills and can help delay dementia. It lowers your heart rate, decreases anxiety, and improves your sleep.

Download and print the following coloring pages related to Washington's State Art Collection. Have fun!