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Notes from today’s #TurtleArt workshop led by Artemis Papert and Brian Silverman… #ArtEdTech #MathChat @LogoFoundation

I’ve written before about a previous TurtleArt workshop I experienced, and it was also led by the inimitable Artemis Papert (artist, coder, and daughter of Seymour Papert) and Brian Silverman (co-creator of Scratch and creator of TurtleArt and many other Logo/Java based coding environments) and organized by Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation. Artemis and Brian have been collaborating with programming, art, and life for decades, and it is truly a heady and hilarious experience to learn from them as they pair-code and critique each other’s choices. Brian and Artemis have tons of info and design inspirations for their digital art linked here: https://turtleart.org

Here is an incomplete list of some of the artists who have inspired Artemis and Brian’s explorations over the years: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Bridget Riley, Nathalie Goncharova, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Claude Tousignant, Rene Magritte, Ilya Bolotowsky, Wassily Kandinsky, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Georges Seurat, Max Bill, and Maya Hayuk, Vincent Van Gogh, Jérôme Jasinski, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jack Bush.

You can install TurtleArt on your computer, pay for their beautiful iOS app, or, as we did for this morning’s workshop, use the free web version: https://playfulinvention.com/webturtleart/

Below, you can download my PNG files from the workshop. Open up Web Turtle Art in a new browser window and then drag one of these PNG files into the window. This should allow you to view or edit the code.

Below, you can access my tweets from the workshop:


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Checking out the downloadable Creative Computing Scratch guides (one for educators and one for learners) from @hgse

From my friends who attended the Scratch@MIT conference over the summer (while I was stuffing my face with BBQ on my #diameates road trip with @BangkokGlutton), I learned about a new student workbook to go along with the Creative Computing curriculum guide that was created by members of the ScratchEd research team at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Many thanks to Christan Balch, Michelle Chung, and Karen Brennan for writing the guides and sharing their work with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License!

The following excerpt is from Creative Computing website:

We encourage you to use as much or as little of the guide as you like, to design new activities, and to remix the included activities. No matter your prior experience or expertise, we think of every educator as a co-designer of the Creative Computing experience. We would love to learn about what you’re doing, so we encourage you to document and share your experiences with us and with other educators via the ScratchEd community at http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu

The guide and the workbook are downloadable as PDFs or PPTs. I linked them below:

  1. Guide as PDF: 
  2. Guide as PPT: 
  3. Workbook as PDF: 
  4. Workbook as PPT: 

Also, the good folks of Creative Computing also offered an online course. Maybe they’ll offer it again. Here’s the information: https://creative-computing.appspot.com/preview

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