Intro to Arduino for Artists


Learning the basics of microcontrollers is vital for anyone looking to create interactive or new media work. This class, geared to artists, is for those new to coding, or for those who need a refresher.

We’ll start at the absolute beginning of learning to code with Arduino. After a surprisingly few number of baby steps, you’ll be writing simple code to connect the Arduino to communicate with your phone, blink lights, beep sounds, move servo motors, and even make generative art on a tiny screen.


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 kinetic sculptures to scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers—students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals—uses this open-source platform.



ll you need is you laptop. All other materials will be provided for you and are yours to keep: Arduino Uno, breadboard, Sensors, LCD screens, LEDs, Teensy 3, potentiometers, buttons, jumper wires, mounting board, and more!


Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Jan 24 - mar 7 / showcase on mar 25
$250 per student + $55 MATERIALS

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #302, Austin, TX 78702




  • Fundamentals of Arduino coding
  • Build simple digital circuits with a breadboard
  • Connect to motors, sensors, LEDs, screens, and more! 
  • Share your creation(s) at the Student Showcase

Meet Your Instructor

John-Mike Reed aka Dr. Bleep has been designing and manufacturing analog and digital devices that blink and beep as Bleep Labs for over 10 years.

He’s held workshops and talks—on synth making, soldering, circuit bending, and beyond—at Moogfest, OFFF, Make Faire, UT San Antonio, The Thinkery, to name a few. You can visit his website at