5 Practical Ways to Experiment with Art and Technology
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 6 min read


  1. Explore Digital Painting
  2. Experiment with 3D Modeling
  3. Create Interactive Art with Coding
  4. Use Virtual Reality for Artistic Expression
  5. Play with Drones in Artistic Photography

Art and technology have been in a fascinating dance for years, each influencing the other in unexpected ways. As we move into an increasingly digital age, the opportunities to experiment with art and technology are expanding in exciting directions. From digital painting to virtual reality, let's dive into five practical ways you can join this dance and experiment with art and technology yourself.

Explore Digital Painting

When you think of painting, brushes and canvases might be the first things that come to mind. But in the digital age, we can experiment with art and technology by taking our creativity to the screen. Digital painting has opened up a new realm of artistic possibilities.

What is Digital Painting?

Unlike traditional painting, digital painting doesn't require physical tools or paint. Instead, it uses software like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, or the free tool GIMP. With these programs, you can create artwork that ranges from realistic to abstract, all on your computer or tablet.

Getting Started with Digital Painting

  • Find the right digital tools: Along with software, you'll need a drawing tablet. Brands like Wacom and XP-Pen offer a range of options, from basic to professional.
  • Learn the basics: Start with understanding how to use your chosen software. Online platforms such as YouTube and Skillshare have numerous tutorials for beginners.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice: Just like traditional art, digital painting needs time and patience. Stick with it, and you'll see your skills grow.

Benefits of Digital Painting

Why should you experiment with art and technology through digital painting? There are many reasons. For one, you have a near-endless array of brushes, colors, and effects at your fingertips—no need to worry about running out of cerulean blue or cleaning brushes. Plus, it's easy to correct mistakes with the “undo” button. Finally, digital painting is eco-friendly—no paper or paint waste!

In the world of digital painting, the canvas is limitless, and so are the possibilities. So, why not give it a try? You might just find a new way to express your creativity as you experiment with art and technology.

Experiment with 3D Modeling

Moving from the 2D realm of digital painting, let's step into the three-dimensional world of 3D modeling. As another way to experiment with art and technology, 3D modeling allows you to create virtual objects that can be rotated and viewed from any angle.

What is 3D Modeling?

3D modeling involves creating a mathematical representation of a three-dimensional object. Using software, you can build, design, and manipulate a 3D model just like you would a clay sculpture—except this sculpture is on your computer screen.

Getting Started with 3D Modeling

  1. Choose your software: There are numerous 3D modeling programs available. Beginners might find SketchUp or Tinkercad user-friendly, while more advanced users might prefer Blender or Autodesk Maya.
  2. Learn the ropes: Just like with digital painting, online tutorials can be your best friend. Websites like YouTube or Udemy offer a range of lessons, from basic commands to more complex projects.
  3. Start small: Begin with simple shapes and gradually move to more complex designs as you get comfortable with the software.

What Can You Do with 3D Modeling?

3D modeling isn't just for creating cool virtual sculptures. It's a practical way to experiment with art and technology that can have real-world applications. For example, architects use 3D modeling to create detailed plans for buildings. Film and game developers use it to bring characters and environments to life. Even fashion designers use it to experiment with new designs.

So, while it might seem like a giant leap from traditional art forms, 3D modeling is an exciting way to experiment with art and technology. Ready to give it a spin? You might be surprised at what you can create in this virtual space.

Create Interactive Art with Coding

Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? With coding, you can do just that. Coding allows you to create interactive art, where viewers can engage with your creations in dynamic ways.

What is Interactive Art?

Interactive art is a form of art that involves the spectator in a way that allows the art to achieve its purpose. This could be a digital artwork that changes in response to the viewer's actions, or a website that alters its appearance based on user input. The key is interaction—actively involving the viewer in the art.

Getting Started with Interactive Art

  1. Learn to code: You don't need to become a full-fledged programmer, but understanding the basics of coding can be invaluable. Start with user-friendly languages like Python or JavaScript.
  2. Experiment with frameworks and libraries: Coding libraries such as p5.js or three.js can help you create interactive graphics with less coding knowledge. These tools can be a great starting point for your interactive art journey.
  3. Start simple: Begin by creating interactive elements that respond to simple actions, like mouse clicks or key presses. As you get more comfortable, you can explore more complex interactions.

What Can You Do with Interactive Art?

Interactive art is not just fun to create—it's fun to interact with. It provides a unique experience for each viewer, as their actions directly influence the artwork. You can create interactive installations, web-based artworks, or even interactive performances. The only limit is your imagination.

So, are you ready to take your art to the next level? By learning to code, you can not only experiment with art and technology, but also create engaging, interactive experiences that take your art beyond the canvas.

Use Virtual Reality for Artistic Expression

Imagine being able to walk through a painting, or sculpting a masterpiece in mid-air. With virtual reality or VR, both are possible. By using VR, you can elevate your art and add a whole new dimension to it.

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated experience that can be very similar to—or completely different from—the real world. It's like stepping into a game or movie, except you're not just watching—you're participating. And when you combine VR with art, you open up a world of possibilities.

Getting Started with Virtual Reality Art

  1. Get a VR headset: A VR headset is your gateway to the virtual world. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Google Cardboard are some popular options.
  2. Choose your software: There are many VR art programs out there. Tilt Brush by Google, for example, lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality.
  3. Start creating: Once you've got your headset and software, you're good to go. Remember, in VR, your canvas is not flat. You can create art in any direction, even behind you!

The Potential of Virtual Reality Art

The beauty of VR is that it allows you to create art in a three-dimensional space. This means you can create structures and shapes that wouldn't be possible on a two-dimensional canvas. You can walk through your creations, view them from different angles, and even interact with them.

Are you excited to see where this journey takes you? By embracing VR, you can truly experiment with art and technology, and create immersive, otherworldly artworks that captivate your audience.

Play with Drones in Artistic Photography

Have you ever wished to capture a bird's-eye view of a stunning landscape or maneuver your camera to a nearly impossible angle? With drones, you can. Drones have revolutionized the world of photography and offer you a fresh perspective to experiment with art and technology.

What are Drones?

In simple terms, drones are flying robots. They are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which can be controlled remotely or fly autonomously. In the realm of photography, drones offer a unique vantage point that was once out of reach.

Getting Started with Drone Photography

  1. Pick a drone: For photography, you'll want a drone with a high-quality camera. DJI, Yuneec, and Parrot are some of the popular drone manufacturers you can consider.
  2. Learn to fly: Handling a drone requires practice. Start in a clear, open space and gradually challenge yourself with different maneuvers. Remember, safety first!
  3. Start snapping: Once you're comfortable with flying, it's time to take some pictures. Experiment with different heights, angles, and compositions. You'll be amazed at the unique shots you can capture!

The Power of Drone Photography

From the tops of towering skyscrapers to the waves crashing on a beach, drones can capture it all. They allow you to bring a fresh perspective to your photography and create images that are truly breathtaking.

So, are you ready to send your creativity to new heights? By incorporating drones into your artistic repertoire, you can blend art and technology in a way that is truly groundbreaking. Your perspective changes when you see the world from above, and that change can lead to some amazing art.

If you're inspired by the possibilities of combining art and technology, don't miss the workshop 'The Insane Potential of AI-Generated Art and Design' by Aunia Kahn. This workshop will delve deeper into the world of AI-generated art and design, showing you the incredible potential of technology in the creative process. Expand your artistic horizons and unlock new possibilities today!