Intro to Interactive Light-Based Art @ East Side Collective, Austin [13 January]

Intro to Interactive Light-Based Art

10:00 - 13:00

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East Side Collective
2400 E Cesar Chavez St #302, Austin, Texas 78702
Intro to Interactive Light-Based Art
January 13 — February 24
Saturdays, 10:00am — 1:00pm

7 class sessions + Student Exhibit on March 3

$250 class fee + $45 material fee per student

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 great for beginners and is geared toward sculptors, installation artists, public artists, designers, live performers, lighting techs, landscape architects, DIYers—anyone interested in creating dynamic light-based work.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, then you may be able to 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.


Setup and usage of the Arduino microcontroller programming environment
Basic programming and debugging skills
How to use existing code libraries
How to control LEDs (brightness, color, patterns, etc)
How to read various sensory data
How to read buttons and knobs

Students must have:

Laptop (Mac or PC)
Micro USB Cable

dadageek provides:

Arduino-compatible microcontroller, Teensy LC
Breadboard, wires, resistors, button, potentiometer
One strip or grid of LEDs Pixels
One sensor of your choice
All materials are included and yours to keep!


No prior electronics experience
No programming required

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 of Delptronics, a maker of unique electronic musical instruments. Mickey has been teaching electronics workshops—in person and virtually—for six years.

He exhibits his work every year at MakerFaire and SXSW Create and is a frequent presenter at Nerd Nite and Dorkbot. Mickey is also an electronic musician who performs regularly around Austin.

Refund Policy
Students can receive refunds up to 7 days before the class start date.

Class Minimums
If the class minimum has not been met, the class will be canceled or rescheduled. Those who have pre-paid will be notified in advance and will have an option to receive a class credit or a full refund.

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