SATURDAYS 10AM — 1PM

from January 13
to February 24

$295.00

for 7 weeks of classes
+ $45 of materials

east side collective

2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702

 
 
class information
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Manipulating light is a  powerful artistic medium—it can breathe life into sculptures and transform natural and architectural spaces.

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CREATE LIGHT-BASED ART THAT REACTS TO THE WORLD AROUND IT

Learn to control the color and blinking of LED lights based on sensor input

In this 7-session course, you will learn how to control LEDs with a microcontroller based on sensory inputs. For your project, you can choose a sensor to make your art react changes in sound, light, color, proximity, motion, body gestures, temperature, humidity, or touch. You can even include buttons and knobs as additional input devices.

This is a beginner level course. You will learn just enough programming and electronics to bring your artistic vision to light.

This course is carefully designed to start at zero and only spend time on the technical details you need to create your project. We keep technical terms to a minimum and carefully explain them. We also give you the resources to continue learning on your own after the course. If you already know some programming or electronics, you can leverage that knowledge to make your project more complex.

At the end of the class, you will have created your own interactive light-based art object, and you will have gained the knowledge and experience necessary to go on to create bigger and more complex light installations!

 
 
 

WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?

This course is for sculptors, installation artists, public artists, designers, live performers, lighting techs, landscape architects—anyone interested in creating dynamic light-based work.

 
 
 

The course culminates in a public exhibition of the students’ work at the student showcase. See past showcases here.

 
 
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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Key Skills 

 

001. INTRO TO CODING FOR MICROCONTROLLERS

Setting up the Arduino programming environment

Basic programming and debugging skills

Using existing code libraries  


002. CONTROLLING LED LIGHTS

Controlling LEDs (brightness, color, patterns, etc.)  


003. WORKING WITH SENSORS

Reading various sensory data

Reading button and knob values

 
 
 

Materials

the following materials are included and yours to keep:

+ Teensy LC (Arduino-compatible microcontroller)

+ Breadboard, wires, resistors, button, potentiometer

+ One strip or grid of LEDs Pixels

+ One sensor of your choice

 
 
 

Requirements

No prior electronics experience

No prior programming experience

 
 

FOR INSPIRATION

Artists Working in this Medium
 

 
 

NONOTAK

 
 

jen lewin

 
 
 
about your instructor
 
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“Mickey is great at distilling ideas down to the most important take-away. This is helpful when you’re a beginner and don’t know what data to pay attention to.”

— dadageek student

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Mickey Delp is an electrical and computer engineer with expertise in analog and digital circuit design and embedded systems programming. He is the founder and Chief Inventor at Delptronics, a maker of unique electronic musical instruments.
 

 
 
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Mickey is a frequent presenter at Dorkbot and Nerd Nite, and co-developed and co-runs the Nerd Nite Austin Ambassador program.

Mickey is also an electronic musician who performs solo and with various projects around Austin. Check out his performance at the dadageek student showcase in March 2017.

 
 
 
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