Pixel Art Sprite Making Workshop

Screenshot of the Piskel App interface. On the left there is a toolbar. In the middle there is an image of an artwork made on the website. The artwork depicts a green tree with grass below. On the right, there are more tools and color swatches.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Gallery 400

Led by VGA teaching artist Eden Ünlüata-Foley, this workshop gives participants the opportunity to create their own pixel art game sprites. An aesthetic derived from 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, pixel art is a form of digital art where images are drawn on the pixel level. The workshop encourages participants to plan their characters on graph paper before
transcribing them online to Piskel App, where they can be edited and even animated. No
programming experience is required to participate. Presented as part of Chicago New Media 1973-1992, on view at Gallery 400 until December 15, 2018.

Eden Ünlüata-Foley is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and designer based in Chicago. He is
currently adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago in the Interactive Arts and Media Department. His artwork focuses on the formation of cultural identity and its relationship to place, the sense of belonging, and personal stories.