Wednesday, March 31
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Workshop A

Creating Art through Coding

Workshop (Live Presentation) ID: 58602
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    Glen Bull
    University of Virginia
  2. Jo Watts
    University of Virginia
  3. Alexis Kellam
    University of Virginia

Abstract: Creation of art offers an engaging way to introduce coding to novices. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to explore creation of art in different styles, including the sculptors Alexander Calder and Bathsheba Grossman, the nineteenth century post-impressionist artist, Georges Seurat, the twentieth century artists Mark Rothco and Jason Pollock, and the contemporary illustrator, Peter Reynolds. Each of these artists works in a different style and in different mediums. These styles provide opportunities to emulate these artistic approaches through the medium of digital technologies. The art activities that will be explored during the workshop are drawn from a course, EDIS 2200: Creating Art, Animations & Music through Coding, taught in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. The course has also been approved by the Department of Computer Science as an elective in the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (BACS) degree program. The workshop will be supported by instructional videos and resources designed to support the course. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to see art created by students using these tools. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their creations with one another. All participants in the workshop will receive (at no cost) a digital copy of a text, Creating Art, Animations, and Music through Coding (Bull, Watts & Nguyen, 2020) developed to support the course.


1. Enable participants to create art and manipulate images using computational media tools 2. Enable participants to create animations and tell digital stories 3. Enable participants to incorporate computational thinking concepts through these activities

Topical Outline

1. Creating Artistic Patterns through Computer Graphics 2. Exploring Color 3. Creating Colorful Patterns 4. Simulating an Impressionist Painting 5. Designing a Paint Program 6. Mobile Art

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. Alexis Kellam is a graduate of the University of Virginia (2020) who served as a research assistant for the course, EDIS 2200: Creating Art, Animations, and Music through Coding.


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