Tuesdays 6PM — 9PM

from April 2
to May 14

$300 course fee + $65 Material Fee

7 class sessions
+ student showcase on June 1st

dadageek hq

2015 East Riverside Dr
Building 7BA

Austin, Texas 78741

 
 
class information
 
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WHY WE <3 ARDUINO

While microcontrollers have had a presence in the arts for decades, the Arduino is the first microcontroller specifically designed for artists and designers.

Its relative ease of use allows artists to devote their time and energy to the creative process. 

 
 
 

LEARN THE BASICS

Learning the basics of microcontrollers is vital for anyone looking to create interactive or new media work.

Bring your artwork to life! This workshop-style course is an introduction to programming and working with micro-controllers such as Arduino. Arduino is a software and hardware environment that is the go-to for professionals and makers who want to control lights, motors, sensors, and interfacing software with the real world. This is a beginner level course, meaning you do not need any prior electronics or programming knowledge. Whether you are a visual artist looking to incorporate interactive light into your work, or a musical looking to add expressive performative control in your music, the Arduino platform is the perfect environment to electrify your art!

 

ABOUT ARDUINO

Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use, inexpensive hardware and free software. Arduino is the "brain" of tens of thousands of DIY projects, from light-based installations,  kinetic sculptures to scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers—students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals—uses this open-source platform.

 
 
 

WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?

Artists, hobbyists, and tinkerers who want to gain an introductory knowledge into programming lights, motors, and sensors within the Arduino environment.

 
 
 

The class culminates with each student creating an individually or collaboratively designed digital performance or interactive work to display at the dadageek showcase. You can check out past showcase performances here.

 
 
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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Key skills 

 

In-depth introductory training on programming with Arduino

Working with the “Teensy” micro-controller

Introduction to soldering and breadboarding electronics

Working with light, touch, and motion-based sensors

Controlling a variety of motor types for genetic sculpture applications

Working with various LED-based technology

Communication with computer software using the MIDI protocol

 
 
 
 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Materials

 

Students should bring:

  • Laptop with Arduino installed (free software)

dadageek in-class supplies include:

  • Soldering workstations and tools

  • USB cables

  • Power supplies

Materials fee will supply you with (for you to keep!):

  • An Arduino compatible micro-controller

  • Prototyping breadboard

  • A sensor kit with 37 sensors

  • A motor kit with servo and hobby motors with gears

  • Assorted LEDs and an LED strip

  • Various small electrical components

 
 
 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Requirements

 

No prior electronics experience

No programming required

 
about your instructor
 
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"I consider myself a musician & a new media artist. I incorporate sound and composition into my installations and my performances."

— KYLE EVANS

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Kyle Evans is a new media artist, sound designer, electronic instrument creator, educator, and performer. His collective work ranges from music technology development to new media installation.

He has invented many electronic musical and video instruments ranging from studio-based synthesizers to performance-based computer interfaces.

 
 
 
 
 
 

He has performed and presented his work throughout the United States and Europe including Transmediale in Berlin, the International Computer Music Conference at Columbia University, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the GLI.TC/H festival in Chicago.

 

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