JOHN-MIKE REED, INSTRUCTOR
Intro to Arduino
SATURDAYS 2pM — 5PM
from September 30
to November 11
for 7 weeks of classes
and $65 of materials
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
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.
We’ll start at the absolute beginning of learning to code. After a few baby steps, you’ll be writing your own code to blink lights and beep sounds.
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.
In this class we’ll be using the Teesny 3.2 Arduino-compatible board as it’s much more powerful than the standard Arduino UNO while being about the same price and is able to produce hi-fi audio and easily control lots of LEDs.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This class is perfect for those new to coding, those who need a little help getting into the Arduino world, or experienced coders who would like to take their first steps into hardware.
This course will focus on three projects:
First we’ll learn the basics of code by controlling blinking LEDs with knobs and buttons.
Next comes controlling a whole 8x8 matrix of full color lights. You’ll learn how to display graphics and even make little games and generative art pieces on it.
Finally we will put it all together by adding a sound component using a powerful but easy to use Teesny audio library. Here you’ll be able to add your own touches to the piece and use all the skills you’ve learned in class to make it your own piece of digital art!
The course culminates in a public exhibition of the students’ work. You can check out past exhibitions here.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
+ What Arduino is and how can it be used
+ Fundamentals of coding for the Arduino
+ Basic digital and analog electronics
WHAT DO I NEED?
Mac or PC laptop—that's it!
All other materials will be provided and are yours to keep:
+ Arduino-compatible microcontroller board (Teensy 3.2)
+ breadboards for prototyping circuits
+ speaker, amplifier, and headphone connector
+ 8" by 8" addressable RGB LED grid with diffuser and mounting stand
+ controls and sensors — potentiometers, light sensors, and buttons
+ other components — wires, simple LEDs, resistors, capacitors and everything else you’ll need to make your first Arduino project!
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
No prior electronics experience
No programming required
Artists Working in this Medium
"Ten years ago, when I saw what you could accomplish with simple code and hardware + traditional artistic techniques, I was hooked!"
— JOHN-MIKE REED
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, and more.