What is generative art - and how do you teach it?
Through examples and practical work, this one-day training for art teachers will build your confidence in teaching the topic. It will be delivered in Goldsmiths' state-of-the-art facilities by the leaders of our Digital Arts Computing degree, Dr Simon Katan and Dr Theo Papatheodorou. Participants will leave the training with a teacher’s pack including online resources.
SOLD OUT - but please join the waiting list, as spaces may become available.
When: 1pm-5pm Wednesday 26 October 2016
Where: Goldsmiths Computing Labs, Goldsmiths, University of London
Cost: £20 including teacher’s pack and refreshments.
1.00 - 2.30pm - Introduction to Generative Art
This 90-minute session will familiarise you with the history and theory of generative art through a range of engaging examples. You will learn how generative art sits within art history, contemporary culture and the A-level syllabus, and discover approaches to teaching the topic.
2.30 - 2.45pm – Break
2.45 - 4.15pm - Introduction to Creating Generative Art
This session will give art teachers hands-on practice using a simple coding platform. You’ll learn how to quickly create impressive digital visualisations, and gain the skills and resources to share with your own students.
4.15 - 4.30pm - Break
4.30 - 5.00pm - Digital Arts Computing at Goldsmiths
At the end of the day you’ll get a chance to hear about our own teaching practices, and opportunities for your students to study at Goldsmiths.
By the end of this one-day training course, participants will:
- understand what defines Computational Art and its place within the wider context of art history
- understand and be able to use a number of basic generative drawing techniques
- have developed ideas and techniques for delivering this theoretical and practical content in the classroom
- have gained a knowledge of HE pathways for Computational Arts and further career opportunities.
What is generative art?
Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist creates a process (eg, a computer program or a set of rules) which is set into motion resulting in a completed work of art. Artists rarely change the process once it has started, so they spend time searching for processes that will achieve the most surprising and expressive results. Contemporary artists include Memo Atken, Paul Prudence, Sakia Freeke and Angie Fang.
About the tutors
Dr Simon Katan is course leader of Goldsmiths’ BSc Creative Computing, and a researcher at Goldsmiths’ Embodied Audio Visual Interactions group. Simon is a digital artist with a background in music and a strong preoccupation with games and play. His work incorporates hidden mechanisms, emergent behaviour, paradox, self-reference, inconsistency, abstract humour, absurdity and wonder. He makes software which creates musical odysseys through exploring animated worlds and design games in which the players unwittingly become performers of bizarre and occasionally daft rites. He won a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for his work ‘Cube with Magic Ribbons' and has exhibited and performed in the UK and Europe.
Dr Theodoros Papatheodorou is the course leader of Goldsmiths' MA/MFA in Computational Arts. He completed his PhD in face recognition at Imperial College after which he returned to Greece where he started the premiere computational media course at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He is the founder of visualcortex, a creative technology studio developing installations and interactive projections for live performances. His work has been exhibited internationally and his interactive projections have been featured in plays and live shows in some of the biggest theatres in Greece.
When & Where
Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, known for its excellence in creative and cultural arts, humanities and social sciences, runs an exciting range of adult education and short training courses, giving busy people the chance to work towards new opportunities and a more fulfilling future. This includes a diverse, new range of evening and weekend courses, taught by the same experts that teach our ground-breaking degree programmes. This is a chance for you to get a taste of the challenging courses that has made our graduates so successful in creative, cultural and business communities.
So whether you want to learn a new career skill, enhance your job prospects or just discover a new hobby, and at the same time develop your networks, then our short courses are a great opportunity to enrich your life and join the vibrant learning community at a world-class university.
What are we offering? Short courses in Business, Innovation and Marketing, Creative Computing, English & Comparative Literature, Music, Dance and Drama, as well as Social Science subjects applied to real life such as Anthropology, Psychology, Social , Therapeutic and Community Studies.
Goldsmiths is also home to the only Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance, whereby professional arts platforms are used to promote Chinese language and culture.