Free High School Teacher Workshops given by ITP/IMA!

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022

NYU's 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 complete towards their annual requirement. 

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

IMA is a 4 year old BFA program in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where students learn about creative uses of technology and interactivity alongside an education in the liberal arts.  ITP is a 40+ year old graduate program in emerging technology and its creative uses. 

All workshops are FREE and will be taught on Zoom. (We are planning for additional in person sessions in our department during Spring 2023). 

Please RSVP here!!

Dan Shiffman
Session: Coding for Beginners
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 7-9pm via Zoom. <---- Please note the change in date!
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 total beginners to code in the context of different disciplines. We’ll cover coding syntax and algorithms through drawing shapes 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 works as an Associate Arts Professor at 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 the ITP. He is a 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 about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing. He can be found talking incessantly on YouTube about programming on The Coding Train.

Ellen Nickles
Session: Intro to Generative Art with Code
Date:Tuesday, October 18, 5-7pm via Zoom
Limit: 20 teachers

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore ways to code autonomous drawing systems. We’ll also look at artists who create generative works through computer programming. This session is geared towards high school art teachers but also welcomes anyone interested in this topic. Prior experience with coding and the p5.js JavaScript library is recommended but not required. Templates will be provided for participants to customize and experiment with examples in the p5.js web editor. Please sign up for a free account here:

Bio: Ellen Nickles teaches in the interactive media arts programs (ITP/IMA/IMA Low Res) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to NYU she collaborated with her colleagues to create and teach interdisciplinary curricula for K-12 students, as well as professional development programs for their teachers, at the The Dalton School in New York City.

Sarah Rothberg
Session: Investing in Futures: a future-imagining workshop
Date: Thursday, November 3, 7-9pm via Zoom
Limit: 16 teachers

Investing in Futures: a future-imagining workshop. At ITP/IMA, we sometimes think of ourselves as the "center for the recently possible" - we play with new technologies that may shape 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 desire? This 2-3 hour hands-on workshop guides participants step-by-step through co-imagining desirable futures through conversation, craft, and play. The workshop itself is a ready-to-use framework that can be adapted to classroom settings to spark unique discussion on themes as varied as the environment, food systems, and currency in a playful, experiential manner.

Bio: Sarah Rothberg is an artist who works with interactive media, including VR, AR, animation, and installation, and and an Assistant Arts Professor at ITP/IMA. Together with collaborator Marina Zurkow, she developed the Investing in Futures worldbuilding framework, which has been used in classrooms and other organizations around the world for co-imagining more desirable futures.

Carrie Wang
Session:Make Your Own Chatbot
Date:Wednesday, November 16, 7-9pm via Zoom
Limit: 20 teachers

In this hands-on session, we will look at how artists are using chatbots in their work, and work together to build a chatbot that responds to how we feel. Using coding templates created in p5.js and RiveScript, the instructions will be easy for people with no experience in code to follow. The workshop can be adapted to high school classrooms to engage students in conversations about the social roles of Artificial Intelligence while they learn 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 the Interactive Media Arts at NYU. In her art practice, she uses digital interface, 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, 2021 Pioneer Works resident, and 2020 Mozilla Creative Media Award recipient.

For any questions, please email Midori Yasuda, ITP/IMA Assistant Director of Admissions, at