All you need to get started is an easel, a few paint brushes, a canvas for each family member and basic paint colors: white, black, red, blue and yellow. Also a cup of water to rinse your brush in-between colors and a dry towel to dry the excess water from the brush
There are basically three types of paint options: acrylic, oil and watercolor. We use acrylic because it dries quickly, but you may prefer another if you have experience. If you have no experience, start with acrylic.
Don't waste your money on several colors and shades. Some of the fun comes from mixing colors to see what you come up with. We like to name them - red and a dash of white and blue becomes "Zombie Bruise" and yellow with blue becomes "Green Lantern"
We use this nifty painters pallet, but a paper plate works just fine.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, likes to join in. We throw down a sheet under the easel and have a few dishes towels handy for messes.
Don't forget the jams!
And keep smiling! Family time to precious.