Electronic Artworks: A Weekend Workshop

Due to the popularity of the maker movement and Internet of Things, opportunities for making artwork driven by electronics is vast, great and cheap! A small internet-connected microcontroller goes for around $3 and programming them to do something interesting can be learned in a weekend workshop.

February 4th: 10am-5pm (1 hour for lunch)
February 5th: 10am-5pm (1 hour for lunch)
Cost: $300 ($30/hr x 10).

Discount available for students and unemployed please email info@grayarea.org for more info. Verification will be requested.

In this workshop, we will cover building basic electronic circuit building, how to use a microcontroller, interactivity with sensors and how to create an internet-connected thing.

In tandem with the practical skills, participants will also engage modes of creative inquiry and will be encouraged to craft an artwork. Some examples might include a new musical interface, an internet-connected data sculpture or interactive space that senses and interacts with its participants.

Topics Include:
• Basic electronic circuit building
• What is a microcontroller
• What is Arduino
• Beginning microcontroller programming
• Controlling motion with motors
• Fun with sensors
• LEDs and addressable LED's
• Connecting your project to the Internet
• Wireless control with Bluetooth

Instructor

Mark Hellar

Mark Hellar is a leading technology consultant for cultural institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and owner of Hellar Studios LLC. Mark has worked on new media conservation initiatives at SFMoMA, MoMA and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum on the conservation and care of their software-based artworks.