TurtleArt is a free, web-based coding platform that lets you make artistic designs and share your code sequences and images with friends. Designs created using code are easy to share and make into beautiful Instagram images, screen and phone backdrops, or large wall projections.
Materials and Tools
The only essential tools needed to make digital drawings with TurtleArt is a computer - that's it! If you're interested in making your code physical, consider the following tools:
Using TurtleArt and Coding Tips
Programming in TurtleArt is as simple as clicking blocks together like LEGO! Check out this video and see how quickly a design can come together in under 60 seconds.
This visual coding platform makes it easy to jump right in and try things out. If you are eager to try something, here are a couple of code blocks to get started.
Download this getting started guide by clicking on the graphic or here.
Tip: The save button is located in the bottom left corner, and will download your image and code so far. You can drag and drop any TurtleArt PNG file into the browser window to reveal the code and remix.
If you want to learn more about the idea behind TurtleArt and how it all works, jump to the How to get coding with a Turtle section.
Start with a Remix
A remix is a modified version of an existing code sequence. For your first designs, recreate an existing design from this card deck. Getting comfortable with how each block works will help you in developing a language that you can use when making your own designs. You can also use one of these premade designs as a starting point.
Tip: If you drag and drop a TurtleArt image into the TurtleArt web editor, it's code will appear! That's because the code is saved into the file, which is a great feature for sharing and remixing projects.
Make it Physical
Use the tools of your choice to bring designs into the physical world. Consider making a gallery wall displaying a vast collection of different computational designs.
Customize a personal object you use everyday, like a notebook, phonecase, or box.
Taking it Further