In July, I traveled to Savannah, Georgia to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)'s Educator Forum. During this one week program, I took an eight hour workshop called Coding for the Art Classroom, taught by SCAD graduate and digital artist, Jordan Graves.
I took this workshop mainly because I know that coding is becoming increasingly important in education as national curricula of numerous countries putting a greater emphasis on computer science and technological education and innovation. I wanted to see how coding and computer science relates to the art world. Our school has a one-to-one laptop program and many students are interested in coding. I'd like to find a way to integrate computer science and coding into my art classroom and show students that a love of art and a love of coding are symbiotic.
Holy cow, this workshop was incredible. Jordan taught us two different coding software programs, Processing 2.0 and Arduino. Both are free, open source software with loads of free tutorials and web-based communities to assist artists to learn to create digital art. We began with making simple shapes and animating those simple shapes in Processing. Then spent the next session building on those skills to program small Arduino Uno processors to control a string of LED lights, changing the colors of the lights, the pattern and speed in which they flash.
As someone who knew nothing about coding when I started the workshop, and had enough of a handle on the systems to continue my own self study when I returned home, I was very pleased. While I don't think I will actually become a digital artist, I have a new understanding of how these works are made and do have some ideas of my own of how I could integrate this medium into artworks.