Some CDS middle schoolers are participating in a Pixel Art Exploratory this trimester, which meets for one afternoon period a week.
Pixel art has recently become a popular art form and cultural movement. Gamers can design their own “sprites” or characters, and others can create pictures that have a nostalgic look from early games of the 80s and 90s. The aesthetic for these kind of graphics comes from older generation 8-bit and 16-bit computers. More generally, “Pixel art” is a form of art where images are edited on the pixel level. The “pixels” can be on a screen, or made up of physical materials.
Our Middle School Exploratory will explore this definition and expand upon it. During the first six weeks, we will investigate different methods of making pixel art, including online editing tools and simulations. Some of the other media we will explore include Perler beads, cross-stitch (sewing), Lite-Brites, and Post-Its.
After trying different materials, students will choose a technique to create a larger long-term project over the second six weeks.
I look forward to seeing which materials students are most interested in using and seeing what they create!