Last weekend, there was an Interactive event with Miami-made video games from Interactive Initiative founders Jen Clay and Samuel Lopez de Victoria. Attendees created their own video game characters, uploaded selfie’s onto the green screen, and drank beer for a good cause. Pabst Blue Ribbon gave all of the proceeds from PBR sales to Interactive Initiative, this donation helped to fund the non-profit start-up in its goal to provide programming education to children and adolescents. Interactive Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the intersection of art and technology to life.
Interactive Initiative launches a curriculum of art and technology workshops this summer, open to artists and the public in the heart of downtown Hollywood, FL.
The series brings college-level instruction to teens, artists and community members, teaching fundamental building blocks for incorporating art and technology into practice. Workshops are appropriate for beginners and intermediate-level participants, and build upon each class, enabling complex integrations of technology, 3D concepts and inter-activity into creative projects.
Workshops are led by Samuel Lopez de Victoria and open to artists as well as community members interested in learning tech skills and programs that are fundamental building blocks for work in the arts, technology and new media industries that are proliferating the job marketplace right now.
Workshops take place in Downtown Hollywood, FL on Saturday afternoons, full schedule below, and are available individually as well as per semester, with a generous discount.
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About Samuel Lopez de Victoria
Samuel Lopez de Victoria is an artist, game developers and instructor living and working in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has a Masters in Art and Technology, University of FL, Gainesville, FL and Bachelors in Art and Technology, New World School of Art College, Miami FL.
Samuel currently teaches digital art at the New World School of the Arts College. Samuel created Interactive Initiative to focus on providing education and mentorship programs directed toward digital art and video game design within underserved neighborhoods and communities.
Full Schedule of Summer Workshops:
Workshops take place at 114 High Bay Workshop + Studio, 1 North Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33020. Public parking is available on site and directly north of the studio.
Jen Clay, co-founder of Interactive Initiative, is the new artist in residence at the High Bay Studio in ArtsPark in Young Hollywood Circle. Her work combines textiles and animation to create videos, performances, costumed creatures and installations. More information about her colorful creatures and creations at www.jenlynnclay.com.
While in residence, Clay and Interactive Initiative will present a full schedule of open studio hours, all-ages activities, workshops and special performances.
Open Studio Hours: Mondays, 5-10pm during Food Truck night
Catch a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a working artist studio. Dig through textile samples, play with green screen techniques and see live demonstrations of animation and fabric weaving techniques with contemporary visual and performing artist Jen Clay.
Kid-Friendly Art/Video Making Activities: Fridays, 5-10pm during Funtastic Fridays
Join Jen Clay for fun art and video making activities. Participants of all ages can create their own animated GIFs and videos using green-screen techniques and props in “Green Screens, GIFs & High Fives” activity or learn to make their own video games in “ZAP: Learning to Make Super Video Games.” Drop in anytime Fridays, 5-10pm to be part of the action.
Summer Art + Tech Workshops: Saturday afternoons
Artists, teens and community members are welcome to register for this series of art and technology hands-on workshops with Interactive Initiative co-founder Samuel Lopez de Victoria. Topics like Intro to Photoshop, Intro to Game Design, Creating Spaces in Virtual Reality and more. These workshops equip beginners and digital-savvy creators with the knowledge and tools to create their own digital art masterpieces. More information including schedule, costs and curricula at www.interactiveinitiative.org/news/summer-semester-2018. Sign up for one class or the whole semester and save big!
Interactive Projects: Third Saturdays, 6-9pm during Downtown Hollywood Artwalk
During the big artwalk night, stop in to Jen Clay Studio for special interactive projects and performances.