Digital Art
Beginner
60 mins
90 points
What you need:
Computer/laptop

Understanding Digital Art

In this lesson, we will learn what digital art is and create our very first piece of digital art using Piskel.
Learning Goals Learning Outcomes Teacher Notes

1 - Introduction to Digital Art

Have you ever seen pictures or drawings on a computer or a tablet? That's called digital art! Digital art is art that is made with digital technology, like a computer.

Today we are going to create our own digital art!



2 - What is a sprite?

Imagine you're playing a video game, and you see a little character moving around on the screen. That character is called a sprite.

A sprite is like a tiny, animated picture that can move and do things in a game or on a computer screen. It can be a person, an animal, or even an object like a ball or a car.

Sprites are made up of lots of little dots called pixels, just like the pictures you see on your TV or phone. These dots come together to create the image of the sprite.

So, when you see a cute little character hopping or running on the screen, that's a sprite! They make games and animations more fun and exciting.

Sprites are like the actors in a play. They bring the game to life and make it more enjoyable for you to play.


3 - Open Piskel

First, we need to open Piskel. You can do this by going to www.piskelapp.com in your internet browser.

4 - Start a New Project

On the Piskel website, click on the 'Create Sprite' button to start a new project.

5 - Create Your Art

Now, the fun part! We're going to create a simple piece of digital art. Here's how:

  1. On the left side of the screen, you'll see a toolbox. Click on the 'Pencil' tool. This is what we'll use to draw.
  2. In the middle of the screen, you'll see a grid of squares. These squares are called 'pixels'.
  3. Move your mouse over the pixels and click to color them in. You can choose different colors from the color palette at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Try to create a simple picture. You could draw a heart, a star, or a smiley face. To do this, color in the pixels in the shape of your picture.
  5. If you make a mistake, don't worry! Just click on the 'Eraser' tool in the toolbox and click on the pixel you want to erase.
  6. Take your time and have fun! Remember, your art doesn't have to be perfect.


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