Unlock the secrets of video game design and create your own games and animations in this tech-centric workshop! We use analog and digital tools to explore the basics of game design, from character and level creation to simple movements and enemy mechanics. Using Scratch – a block-based programming language, which allows even the most beginner coders to start wrapping their minds around the concepts and tools available – we create mazes, quiz games, platforms, fighting games and more. This workshop combines technical skill and creative challenges, while encouraging students to make games they find fun. The engagement continues with a personal login that allows you to keep working on and playing your games at home.
Kari Varner received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the former Studio Coordinator of Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and currently teaches photography at the University of Denver.