MICKEY DELP, INSTRUCTOR
Intro to Interactive Light-Based Art
SATURDAYS 10AM — 1PM
from April 7
to May 19
for 7 weeks of classes
+ $50 of materials
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
Manipulating light is a powerful artistic medium—it can breathe life into sculptures and transform natural and architectural spaces.
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.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
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
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
No prior electronics experience
No prior programming experience
Artists Working in this Medium
“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
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.