Free High School Teacher Workshops from ITP/IMA! – NYU | table | Jewelry Dukan

NYU ITP/IMA (Interactive Telecommunications Program and Interactive Media Arts) are offering four professional development sessions this Fall 2022 semester specifically for high school teachers to help them meet their annual requirements.

These workshops provide high school teachers with an opportunity to acquire new skills and learn more about ITP/IMA as a potential destination for their high school students for college or graduate school. The goal of these workshops is to introduce some additional skills and provide resources that teachers can use in the classroom to integrate what they have learned into their own curriculum planning.

IMA is a 4-year BFA program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in which students learn about the creative use of technology and interactivity alongside a liberal arts education. ITP is a 40+ year old graduate program in emerging technologies and their creative uses.

All workshops are FREE and taught on Zoom. (We are planning further in-person sessions in our department in spring 2023).

Please RSVP here!!

Dan Shipman
Session: Programming for Beginners
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 7-9 p.m. via Zoom
Limit: 20 teachers

In this session (no coding experience required!) we will look at the p5.js library and web editor as a platform to teach beginners how to code in the context of different disciplines. We cover coding syntax and algorithms through shape drawing and simple mouse interactivity, followed by an overview of applications for fields of study such as math, science, art, design, literature and more!

Bio: Daniel Shiffman is an Associate Arts Professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Yale University and a master’s degree from ITP. He is director of the Processing Foundation and develops tutorials, examples and libraries for Processing and p5.js. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an open source book on simulating natural phenomena in processing. He talks non-stop on YouTube about programming The Coding Train.

Ellen Nickels
Session: Introduction to Generative Art with Code
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 5-7 p.m. via Zoom
Limit: 20 teachers

In this hands-on workshop, we will explore ways to encode autonomous sign systems. We will also look at artists creating generative works through computer programming. This session is aimed at high school art teachers, but also welcomes anyone interested in the subject. Prior knowledge of programming and the p5.js JavaScript library is recommended but not required. Templates are provided for participants to customize and experiment with examples in the p5.js web editor. Please sign up for a free account here:

Biography: Ellen Nickles teaches in the Interactive Media Arts (ITP/IMA/IMA Low Res) programs at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to NYU, she worked with her peers to create and teach interdisciplinary curricula for K-12 students and professional development programs for her teachers at the Dalton School in New York City.

Sarah Rothberg
Session: Investing in Futures: a Future Imagining Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 3, 7-9 p.m. via Zoom
Limit: 16 teachers

Investing in futures: a future-imagining workshop. At ITP/IMA we sometimes think of ourselves as “the center for what’s recently possible” – we’re playing with new technologies that can change the world in so many different ways. But as we experiment and play, it’s important to step back and ask: What kind of future world do we want? This 2-3 hour hands-on workshop takes participants step-by-step through imagining desirable futures together through talks, crafts and games. The workshop itself is a ready-to-use framework that can be adapted to classroom settings to encourage unique discussion on topics as diverse as the environment, food systems and currency in a playful and experiential way.

Bio: Sarah Rothberg is an artist working with interactive media, including VR, AR, animation and installation, and Assistant Professor of Art at ITP/IMA. Together with her collaborator Marina Zurkow, she developed the worldbuilding framework Investing in Futures, which is used in classrooms and other organizations around the world to collectively invent more desirable futures.

Carrie Wang
Session: create your own chatbot
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 p.m. via Zoom
Limit: 20 teachers

In this hands-on session, we’ll look at how artists use chatbots in their work and work together to build a chatbot that responds to our feelings. Using coding templates created in p5.js and RiveScript, the instructions are easy to follow for those with no coding experience. The workshop can be adapted for high school classrooms to engage students in conversations about the social role of artificial intelligence while learning to create and personalize their own chatbots. Before coming to the workshop, please create a free account with the p5.js web editor here:

Bio: Carrie Sijia Wang is a New York-based artist and educator. She teaches at NYU’s Interactive Media Arts. In her artistic practice she uses digital interfaces, human-machine interaction, computer-synthesized voice and generative text to explore the hidden systems between the real and the fictional, the rational and the absurd. Wang was a Year 8 member of NEW INC, a 2021 Pioneer Works resident, and a 2020 Mozilla Creative Media Award recipient.

If you have any questions, please email Midori Yasuda, ITP/IMA Assistant Director of Admissions at

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