Coding in the Arts


The arts can transcend trauma, color, education. National Endowment Arts leaders say the NEA budget is not extracurricular or extraneous. It is essential. Job creation is a prime goal of presidential leaders. Building 21st century job skills is essential for our future economy. 50% of jobs are predicated to be automated by 2032, kids must learn to control computing devices. Technology is about solving problems with limited resources. With limited funding and time, combining computer science skills and art education can save both time and money. It is essential that teachers learn these skills for our children. “Coding in the Arts” will plant the seeds for the 21st century mindset.

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As an educator my goal is to give students the opportunity to explore, experiment and create. The motivation often comes from working with friends to observe what our students like: to code, garden, cook, play sports, build robots… We must give students innovation time with resources so they can discover what they love. And collaborative time to Re-Mix, Re-Design, and Re-Learn.



  1. Mondrian Art – from Legos to Racket
  2. Snowflakes – Fold and Code
  3. Cubes
  4. Gardening –Digital Flower
  5. Binary Code – Jewelry Design
  6. Dance – Robots and Drones
  7. Music –
  8. Generative Art –
  9. Pro-Bot – A floor robot that draws


  • Design Recipe
  • Walk the Line
  • Thinking in a box – or outside
  • Circle Art – connections
  • Sharing Art by coding in HTML –What brings color to webpages?
  • Clubs – Google CS First Art, Animation, Fashion, Music & Sound, Game Design
  • Coded Art Competition – Perhaps ISTE CTN could sponsor along with and others who support the arts. I presented at their conference and they are a great group to work with.


  1. Would you like to see the code that draws a 5 pointed star of variable size?
  2. What questions do you have about coding in the arts?
  3. Could I do my circle art in code? Line art?
  4. Can you code it, without first creating an example by hand?
  5. Can you add coding art to your maker space?
  6. How do you find “Hidden Figures” in every classroom?
  7. How do teachers as leaders of the class inspire action?


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