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Creative Coding for Artists

8 June at 10:00 am - 9 June at 4:00 pm

Weekend Course:

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 

10am – 4pm

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 and charger. All software used will be free and cross-platform (Windows, macOS or Linux).


Day One:

10:00-10:30 – Coffee & introductions.

10:30-12:00 – Why code?

             Discussions and examples.

             Artists using, engaging with or performing with code.

             Artists engaging with the principles of libre software / creative commons.

12:00-12:30 – Lunch

12:30-14:00 – Introduction to PraxisLIVE

             What it is, creating first project, relationship with Processing.

             Shapes and text, using images and video, making noise.

14:00-14:30 – Tea break

14:30:16:00 – Introduction to coding (for beginners)

             Self-guided exploration with help (for those with previous experience)

16:00 – 17:00 – Social and chat (optional)


Day Two:

10:00-10:30 – Coffee & recap.

10:30-12:00 – Libre software and open hardware.

             Discussions and examples of free software for preparing assets.

             Open hardware for incorporating sensors, physical movement, etc. into work.

12:00-12:30 – Lunch.

12:30-14:00 – Getting creative.

             A chance to make something, from scratch or adapting an example,

             working solo or in pairs.

14:00-14:30 – Tea break

14:30-16:00 – Sharing and what next?

             Share projects and ideas.

             How does code fit into your practice?

             Where to find information, help and support.

16:00-17:00 – Social and chat (Optional) 

COST: £100 (£90 for OVADA Associates)

Booking in advance is essential. To reserve your place please contact: classes@ovada.org.uk

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.


8 June at 10:00 am
9 June at 4:00 pm
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14a Osney Lane
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