Web-Based Language Art

Course Description

This course teaches the history and practice of art/literature made for and inseparable from the web. While learning core web development languages (HTML, CSS, and jQuery), we consider examples of web-based creative works (from the Internet’s going public in 1992 to today), alongside texts that explore the nature of the internet and/or digital writing.

Working creatively on the web inherently disrupts traditional distinctions between creative practices. So, you are encouraged to mix and match sound, video, art, and language in their work. The teaching mode is also interdisciplinary: depending on the day, the course may resemble an English class, an art history class, a creative writing workshop, or a computer science class.

Web development has been used primarily for practical ends in its short history; however, as mastery of it becomes more widespread, it’s being used for art -- as has happened with so many other tools/technologies, including film and writing. As we explore the emergent form of web-based language art, we will think about who has access to making and experiencing it, and how that accessibility might be broadened in this crucial nascent stage.

For each of the first three weeks, students turn in one website (made with the help of online tutorials), one reading response, and peer feedback for both of those items. In the final week, students focus on a final project, which We will also meet for one hour on Zoom each week.

Web-Based Language Art is perfect for those interested in art, technology, and/or literature. You may be a future computer science major who wants a to get a sense of the stranger things one can do with code -- or maybe your favorite subject has always been art, and you want to broaden your creative toolkit -- or maybe you just love the internet! This class is a space for students with a broad range of backgrounds to come together and learn from each other.

You need only a standard laptop and will not be expected to purchase any software.

During this course you will:
• Become familiar with a canon of web art;
• Learn to build a basic website;
• Produce one substantial work of original web art and several smaller works of web art;
• Think about what it means for art or an artist to occupy space; and
• Develop a fuller understanding of the internet as a whole.


No prior experience or knowledge is required. You must have an open mind and a desire to explore new modes of creativity.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 4 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Blended with required live sessions every Monday from 10:00AM - 11:00AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Theodora Ellin Ballew
Course Number: 10296