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Montreal Families

Free creative coding workshops for teens

Teens can take part in free creative coding workshops organized by Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Algorithm in the Arts is a series of introductory workshops in generative art (print or onscreen images created through computer algorithms) designed for teenagers aged 12-17. The 90-minute workshops will introduce youth to the basics of algorithmic art, different ways that coding can be used to create visual art, and help them become technology creators through simple coding exercises.

By modifying code, participants will have hands-on creative interaction with a generative art piece. In the workshops, they will be introduced to p5.js, a Javascript coding library for artists, and ml5.js, a Machine Learning coding library, so that they can keep creating after the session.

The workshops are co-hosted by successful Canadian artists including Montreal artists and composers Adam Basanta and Erin Gee who, at the start of each session, will discuss how they use algorithms to create their art. After an hour of live coding, 15 minutes are set aside for a group critique and review of the artwork that was created.

“The MMFA is committed to making art accessible to young people and offering them safe and friendly creative spaces, whether through school visits or activities at ATLR 15-20, a free creative studio just for them. We are pleased to partner with Kids Code Jeunesse, which encourages inclusive digital literacy so that all young people can explore the creative potential of technology,” said Thibault Zimmer, Educational Programs Officer – EducArt at the MMFA.

While no previous coding experience is needed, familiarity with Javascript or p5.js would be an asset. Participants will need access to the internet, have a laptop or computer, a microphone, and a webcam (recommended).

“Intertwining the arts and sciences creates a learning environment that fosters innovation, creativity, and critical thinking skills,” said Kate Arthur, Founder and CEO of Kids Code Jeunesse. “We want young people to learn about algorithms, how they work, and most importantly how they can be used as a tool for communication and expression.”

The workshops are offered free of charge through funding from Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the federal government’s CanCode program, and supported by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO).

Workshop schedule
Each session includes the same content so teens only need to attend one.

Saturday, March 13 | 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Workshop in French, with the participation of Erin Gee
Spots limited. Registration: bit.ly/3dyfkBc

Saturday, March 20 | 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday, March 29 | 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Workshop in English, with the participation of Adam Basanta
Spots limited. Registration: bit.ly/2NhDiWR

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