Tuesday, October 27
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room 1

Creating Digital Art, Music, and Animations

Workshop ID: 58212
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    Glen Bull
    University of Virginia
  2. Jo Watts
    University of Virginia
  3. Alexis Kellam
    University of Virginia

Abstract: Participants in this workshop will create art, animations, and music using a computer. The activities incorporate computational thinking– the art of developing a solution in a form that can be implemented by a computer. The workshop will also introduce new compositional media tools recently incorporated into Snap!, a block programming language that is an extension of Scratch developed at the University of California at Berkeley. These computational media tools enable users to create art and manipulate images by creating tools similar to Instagram filters. TuneScope is another digital composition tool that will be introduced through the workshop. TuneScope is a digital tool designed to create sound effects and music on a computer. It combines a sound analysis and synthesis tool with “Snap!”. Participants will have the opportunity to create a Karaoke machine and a Drum Machine,, and use them to compose music by coding rhythms. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to see music, art, and animations created by students using these tools. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their creations with one another.


1. Enable participants to create art and manipulate images using computational media tools 2. Enable participants to compose music using TuneScope (a tool for creating digital music developed in the Make to Learn Laboratory at the University of Virginia) 3. Enable participants to create animations and tell digital stories 4. Enable participants to incorporate computational thinking concepts through these activities

Topical Outline

1. Introduction to composition of digital music using TuneScope 2. Introduction to creation of digital art using computational media tools for manipulating images 3. Introduction to animations and digital storytelling 4. Creation of digital art, music, and animations using the tools introduced 5. Performances and demonstrations by participants

Experience Level



Glen Bull is a professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Jo Watts is director of the Make to Learn Laboratory at the University of Virginia.


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