Children's Program

Code: K0609-21

    • Ages 9 - 12

Video Game Design

Jul 12 - 16, 2021

9AM - 3PM

Concept

Create interactive stories in the most exciting digital medium around! In this workshop, students explore the various roles and skills required to develop a video game. Students gain hands-on experience in concept development, character design, level design, coding and play testing. Starting with ideas on paper, the participants then bring them to life on the computer. Daily exercises include 3-D character modeling, modding classic games, building custom controllers with the Makey Makey, and experimenting in Scratch(™). This teaches students important lessons that they can apply to their own ideas. Throughout the week students complete a game concept presentation along with a playable prototype!

Faculty

Sam Ticknor

Sam Ticknor is an artist who works across traditional and emerging media. She studied art and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently pursuing her MFA in studio art at New York University. While working as a creative technologist, Sam developed award-winning, illustrated digital projects for museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Nordic Museum. Sam enjoys teaching and has taught creative coding and animation at schools, camps and universities in Aspen, Pittsburgh, and New York City.

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Workshop Details

Lodging & Meals

Anderson Ranch closely follows guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Colorado and the Pitkin County Health Department. In order to operate safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson Ranch has made significant modifications to our housing and meal offerings.

Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and travelers insurance.

We have established a Business Safety Plan with added layers of precaution that prioritizes the health and safety of our staff, students, faculty and guests while continuing to provide you with the Anderson Ranch experience that you know and enjoy.

Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Anderson Ranch is closely following local and national health and safety guidance. At this time, Anderson Ranch visitors and public program and event participants are not required to show proof of vaccination. Studio and artistic program participants ages 13 and up will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
Studio and artistic program participants are required to show proof that they have received the complete Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer MRNA vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Additionally, if six months have passed since completing the Moderna or Pfizer series or two months have passed since receiving the J & J vaccine, then a booster is also required. Ideally the booster would have been administered at least two weeks prior to coming to Anderson Ranch. Click here for additional health and safety information.
Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and travelers insurance.

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Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, both individuals and foundations, either through endowed funds or special gifts.

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