var t;


Learning about art, using JavaScript.


@author Jenn Schiffer


// I love art and code.

I have spent a few years talking about and teaching programming to people as young as 8 and as old as 80. The one interest I've been able to map to all ages is art. Teaching people to code using art as a motivation has been a fun learning and teaching experience but, to be quite honest, I could learn a lot more from both subjects.

var t; (pronounced "vart," which rhymes with "fart" because I am 12) is a writing, art, and code project that I started to teach me and you about art, as well as to create interactive works that may motivate art lovers to program their own stuff.

In October of last year I launched this project with a generative Piet Mondrian generator. I was absolutely floored with the positive responses from both programmers and artists. For the first time since I was a kid, I felt validated in making art as a software engineer, and others expressed the same feeling. The following months I went for a bit more ambitious and personal project with the surrealist René Magritte, and then explored the theme of imperfection with Henri Matisse. For this first post of 2015, I wrote about an American woman named Mary Cassatt, who broke through the male-dominated art world to become a famous Impressionist painter.

After a few months of dealing with burnout and emotions expressed in that Cassatt post, I am back and focusing on the positive moments of the year with Georges-Pierre Seurat.

I hope you have as much fun reading, learning, and playing with art as much I did making it.

xoxo j$