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Digital Art Projects in Scratch 4 hour middle-to-high school details

Remember to take good pictures. Examples can be found here:

Ages: 6th to 12th grade
Equipment: laptop for each student
Additional Resources:
Modern artist Piet Mondrian

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Before each workshop
During each workshop

15 minutes: do pre-surveys

30 minutes:
Explain that Scratch is free software created at MIT that lets you create 2D animations, interactive art, and games. Show the Scratch website Show the students the support page at and the video page at Show them how to open the Examples folder and look at the Interactive Art folder and pick 6-WHEEE and show them how to start it by clicking the green flag and how to use the sliders to control the art. Show them how to stop a Scratch project using the stop sign. Show them where to find the documentation on a Scratch project (in the File menu). Give them about 10-15 minutes to just open and play with Scratch projects in the Interactive Art folder.

30 minutes:
Show them how to create a simple 2D interactive art project in Scratch. See slides.

30 minutes:
Challenge students to create their own interactive art projects in Scratch. Have a couple of students show what they created and explain it.

30 minutes:
Show them how to draw shapes with the pen: squares and how to make a flower out of many squares. See slides.

30 minutes:
Challenge them to create a triangle and a triangle flower.

30 minutes:
Work on their own art project in Scratch using the pen blocks: stamp, pen down, etc. Show them Piet Mondrian arts as an example.

30 minutes:
Have them share what they have created.

Last 15 minutes:
Do the post-surveys! We must have a post-survey for each pre-survey!

For more advanced students try to create a simple game in Scratch. See

After each workshop

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