H/“Algorythms” Art with Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

“Algorythms” Art with Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

A free virtual event!
Sunday, March 28 ; 4-5:30 p.m.

Hear how Dr. Nettrice Gaskins learned to combine computer science with her interest in making art and how her research and teaching have taken her around the world.  She will answer questions and then lead a hands-on activity you can do from home!

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Hands-on Activity: Vision Map Quilt

Like computer scientists, artists make use of algorithms and use a variety of techniques to generate patterns or designs. See beautiful patterns evolve from simple shapes and try your hand at creating shapes that are symbols encoded with personal meaning for YOU, the artist!  Flex your creative muscles as you make a paper quilt that communicates your story.

If you don’t want the fun to end, this 2D project can be extended on your own into a 3D computer model using computer code in Tinkercad!  

Materials you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Your quilt printed out (click to download)

Event Details:

  • Adult supervision is required.
  • Free event, but registration is required.
  • You will receive a Zoom link via email upon completion of the form. 

Schedule of Events:

4-4:30 p.m. Hear from Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

4:30-4:45 p.m. Q & A with Dr. Gaskins

4:45-5:30 p.m. Vision Map Quilt Activity

About Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, Assistant Director of the STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, is a renowned digital artist, author, and Maker who generates art using algorithms in different ways, especially through creative coding and machine learning.  Dr. Gaskins seeks to increase interest in STEAM disciplines, especially by underrepresented groups, by creating dynamic learning environments where students engage in culturally-relevant and personally meaningful projects.  In her book, which will be released later this year, she makes the case for educators to unlock the power of “Techno-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation” found in the patterns of graffiti, hip-hop, traditional textile designs, and more! View Dr. Gaskins’ website here.

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