NFT DIY: Mint Your Art!

NFT DIY: Mint Your Art!

In this workshop students will learn about the current NFT landscape, the basics of Blockchain technology and how to select artwork and mint an NFT. We will review some of the social and economic conversation surrounding crypto based NFTs and then dive into the process of minting on the Hic et Nunc NFT platform.

We will be minting NFTs using the Hic et Nunc NFT platform as it is powered by Tezos, a proof of stake blockchain network which is lower cost and uses less energy than Ethereum. 🖼 🔗

Course Logistics

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 

Time: 3PM-6PM PT

Cost: $80 for Live workshop, $40 for Audit Access.
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Experience Level: 
Some knowledge of crypto currency is helpful but not required.

Requirements: 
PC/Mac laptop or desktop, preferably Chrome if not Firefox or other up-to-date web browser.

Workshop Outline

  • Overview of the NFT Landscape
  • What is Blockchain and how does it work?
  • A brief history of NFTs and blockchain based art
  • A current overview of the NFT marketplace today
  • Minting an NFT from your artwork in HEN, a step by step process
    • Creating and loading a Kukai Wallet
    • Selecting and preparing artwork
    • Minting your NFT artwork
    • Placing the NFT artwork for sale online
  • Purchasing and trading NFT artwork with peers
  • Promoting and sharing your NFT artwork with the online community

Educational / Experiential Goals

This course will focus on the current state of NFTs and how to mint one on the blockchain . Students will learn how to create a wallet, transfer or purchase crypto, and how to mint NFTs and place them for sale on the HEN network.

By the end of this course, students will understand how to mint an NFT on the Tezos blockchain and how to buy, sell, and store NFTs in their crypto wallets.

About Technologies

We will be using the Hic et Nunc NFT platform, a decentralized application that allows its users to manage decentralized digital assets, serving as a public smart contract infrastructure on Tezos Blockchain.

We will be using Kukai Wallet, which is a Wallet for Tezos holders that supports DirectAuth, a fast sign-up system for Google, Reddit and Twitter accounts. This allows users to transfer XTZ tokens using social media logins instead of long and complex addresses.

Instructor(s)

Niki Selken 👩🏻‍💻 (she/her) is an artist, technologist and educator. Niki spent over a decade working across game design, physical computing, experimental theatre, interaction design and education. As a designer and technologist, Niki focused on working with nonprofits and small businesses in the inclusion and social impact space (Ms. Foundation, Girls Write Now, LYRIC, Hesperian Health Guides) and as an educator, she taught a range of creative coding courses in both New York and San Francisco. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Niki has taught at her alma mater, at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, at the University of San Francisco, at the Bay Area Video Collective and at Gray Area—where she is the Creative Development Director and manages the artist incubator and creative code education programs. Niki's work has been featured by Yahoo Tech, Buzzfeed, Make Magazine and Adafruit, among others. Niki identifies as Latina and hails from a long line of Mexican artists and craftsmen.