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Creative Coding for Artists

25 April at 10:00 am - 26 April at 4:00 pm

Creative Coding Class Workshop









This weekend intensive course is an opportunity for any skill level,

from beginners to those with previous (creative) coding experience. On

a practical level, artist & technologist Neil C Smith will lead you

through various free software tools for creative coding and working

with media. Focusing on the popular Processing environment inside

PraxisLIVE, we will explore graphics, video, audio, data

visualization, and working with sensors.


Alongside the tools you will also be encouraged to look at and think

about what you might create, looking at how other artists are working

with code. We will consider work using generative graphics,

interactive installations, audio-visual performances, and software

art; as well as how artists are engaging with the wider political and

social impacts of free (as-in-speech) software.


‘PraxisLIVE’ is a hybrid-visual live-coding system that will allow us

to cover both visual node based and text based approaches to creative

coding. Neil is the lead developer of PraxisLIVE, and regularly gives

talks and workshops on creative approaches in coding to both artists

and programmers.


Participants will need to bring their own laptop. All software used

will be free and cross-platform (Windows, macOS or Linux).




  • Coffee & introductions
  • Why code? Discussions and examples
  • Artists using, engaging with or performing with code
  • Artists engaging with the principles of libre software / creative commons

Lunch (30 mins)


  • Introduction to PraxisLIVE
  • What it is, creating first project, relationship with Processing
  • Shapes and text, using images and video, making noise

Tea Break

  • Introduction to coding (for beginners) or self guided exploration with help (for those with previous experience) 

Optional hour (4-5pm)

  • Wind down and social chat




  • Coffee and recap
  • Libre software and open hardware
  • Discussions and examples of free software for preparing assets
  • Open hardware for incorporating sensors, physical movement, etc. into work

Lunch (30 mins)


  • Getting Creative – A chance to make something, from scratch or adapting an example, working solo or in pairs

Tea break

  • Sharing and what next? Share projects and ideas
  • How does code fit into your practice?
  • Where to find information, help and support.

Optional hour (4-5pm)

  • Wind-down and social chat




Please note: this workshop is due to be held in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.



25 April at 10:00 am
26 April at 4:00 pm
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