1. Introduction to Make Art with Google Sheets

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Computer applications are fun and easy to use for creative projects.

As you use your art and design skills creatively, you also learn new features, tools, and functions of the apps.

In this lesson, you will work with a spreadsheet and set conditional formatting rules to create pixel art in the free app Google Sheets.

However, you could use any spreadsheet application to create your pixel art.

Sometimes it‘s useful to highlight specific information, or data, in a spreadsheet so that it stands out.

Conditional formatting uses colors and shading to highlight data if it meets certain conditions or rules.

For example, in a spreadsheet used to research colleges or jobs, you might color the distance data to quickly identify how far each school is from your home.

In this lesson, you’ll use conditional formatting to assign colors to different numbers, or values.

Then, you’ll type those numbers into your spreadsheet to color each cell and create a complete image.

Each cell in your spreadsheet will make a single dot in your artwork.

This dot is called a pixel.

Every digital image is made up of many pixels.

By color-coding the data in your spreadsheet, cells appear as pixels shaded with palette colors used in your artwork.

As you build your spreadsheet masterpiece, you will create and name a new spreadsheet, set a custom cell size, search for images and filter results, work with multiple columns, rows, and cells at the same time, add conditional formatting rules to assign colors in your spreadsheet, and use data to paint a picture.

To complete this lesson, you must sign in to your Google account.

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If you don’t have a Google account, create one before beginning this lesson.

To begin, create a new spreadsheet in Google Sheets.

Rename the spreadsheet.

Use your full name and give your artwork a title so that you, your teacher, and your classmates can easily find your project.

After renaming your file, move on to the next video to set up your spreadsheet canvas and find your artistic inspiration.


  1. Create a new spreadsheet.
  2. Give it a title.