Make Art with Arduino
SAT & Sun 9AM — 2PM
from June 30
to July 8
for 20 hours of instruction
+ $65 of materials
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
Arduino is an important tool tool for artists who want to make interactive artwork
CREATE ART THAT REACTS TO THE WORLD AROUND IT
Arduino was created for artists and others who don’t have a background in programming to make it easier to create interactive artwork
In four intensive 5-hour class sessions, you will learn how to use a microcontroller to create interactive art. For your project, you can create art that reacts to 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 art object, and you will have gained the knowledge and experience necessary to go on to create bigger and more complex work!
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This course is for sculptors, installation artists, DIY makers, designers, fashion designers—anyone interested in creating interactive artwork.
The course culminates in a public exhibition of the students’ work at the student showcase. See past showcases here.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
+ Familiarity with the Arduino environment
+ Basic programming and debugging skills
+ Using existing code libraries
+ Reading data from buttons and knobs
+ Reading various sensor data
+ Controlling LED lights
+ Display text and graphics on an LCD
+ Output sound/music
students must have:
+ Laptop (Mac or Windows)
materials PROVIDED and yours to keep:
+ Arduino-compatible microcontroller
+ USB cable
+ Buttons and potentiometers (knobs)
+ One LCD or OLED display
+ AC adapter
+ Breadboard and jumper wires
+ One strip or grid of LEDs Pixels
+ A 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.