Tuesdays 6PM — 9PM
from April 2
to May 14
$300 course fee + $65 Material Fee
7 class sessions
+ student showcase on June 1st
2015 East Riverside Dr
Austin, Texas 78741
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!
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.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
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?
Students should bring:
Laptop with Arduino installed (free software)
dadageek in-class supplies include:
Soldering workstations and tools
Materials fee will supply you with (for you to keep!):
An Arduino compatible micro-controller
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?
No prior electronics experience
No programming required
"I consider myself a musician & a new media artist. I incorporate sound and composition into my installations and my performances."
— KYLE EVANS
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.