Students on our I.T. Applications course created a piece of pixel art for their mid-term projects. Leading up to this, they had been learning how to use image editing software (Gimp) to render clean pixel-level graphics. The final work had to be exported as a .jpeg or .png file ready to be printed as an A4 document. The final posters were then displayed on the walls in the computer lab.
The students received marks for the effort they put into the work, the relative difficulty of what they were trying to achieve, and the overall aesthetics of the project. They also produced a short piece of writing, explaining what their idea was, how they achieved the results, the difficulties they had, and what they learned by completing the project.