Workshops

Apr 29 2017 to May 6 2017

Exploring Fiber as Installation: Techniques and Materials

This two part workshop intensive will provide a survey of textile and fiber materials and techniques, including water soluble fabrics, combining specific techniques with experimental approaches to making. 

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May 13 2017

Solution Culture: Hydroponics for Creative Practice

Emerging artist and environmental steward Paul Chartrand will lead participants through an introductory course to hydroponics and creating customized soil-less gardening systems for artistic and expressive applications. Using recycled materials, each participant will be guided through the construction of a simple mechanism that can both aerate and pump water to plants. Participants will also be introduced to essential supplies and local suppliers for building on knowledge acquired in the workshop and completing a hydroponic system on a larger scale.

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May 16 2017 to May 23 2017

Intro to Electronics for Artists (Series)

Learning the basics of electronics is vital for anyone looking to create interactive or new media work. This workshop, geared to artists, is for those new in electronics, or for those who need a refresher. You will learn the basics of electricity starting with Ohm’s Law and work your way up to building simple digital circuits with CMOS chips, transistors and LEDs. You will learn how to interface these circuits with motors, sensors and other devices.  

Dates: Tuesday May 16 and 23

Time: 7-10pm

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May 30 2017 to Jun 6 2017

Intro to Processing for Artists (Series)

Learn the basics of Processing, an indispensable programming tool for artists. Join Tess Sutherland as she teaches the ABC’s of algorithmic drawing and interactive animations. Session 1 will teach the basics of drawing with code. Session 2 will show how to animate code through parameterization, and how to interface the mouse and keyboard with your creations. In both sessions, Tess will show examples of a wide range of artworks made with Processing and identify further resources for students.

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Jun 10 2017

Sonic Geography

Join sound artist and sonic adventurer Dan Tapper for an exploration into sound and place. The workshop will focus on delving into the often-overlooked sounds of the world around us through sound walking and field recording exercises.  These exercises and recordings will inform the development of unique and bespoke digital systems and performance instruments allowing participants to perform and manipulate real world sounds through psycho geography, maps and interactive interfaces.

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Jun 17 2017

Sensing Installations: Interfacing Processing with Arduino

Learn how to create coded animations and video effects that respond to their environments using two ubiquitous and open source coding tools: Processing and Arduino. Tess Sutherland will demonstrate the powerful capabilities of interfacing Arduino and Processing in a variety of examples of interactive art. By the end of the session students will use inputs and outputs to create tangible interactivity in their projects, and leave this workshop with the ability to create a tangible output from their code as well as use real-world inputs to drive their work.

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Jun 20 2017

Intro to 3D Printing for Artists

Learn how to use 3D printers safely and creatively in this introductory workshop. Amir Far will introduce some of the powerful capabilities of 3D printing for art making contexts, and give guidance on proper usage and maintenance of 3D printers. Students will learn prepare 3D models to be printed using Cura, and then learn how to set up, use, and clean the 3D printer.

Date:  Tuesday June 20

Time: 7-10pm

Registration Fee: 

Annual Studio or Workshop Pass Discount $45

Regular Price $60

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Jul 4 2017

Pocket Sized Radio Transmitter for Installation and Performance

Get started with radio art by learning how to make a battery powered radio transmitter for use in sound installations and performances. Simplify installations with wireless connectivity, or experiment with the sounds of radio interference. 

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Jul 25 2017

Atari Punk Console

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. 

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May 16 - 17, 2016

Intro to Arduino for Artists

In this two part series participants will be introduced to creative coding, circuit construction, sensors and actuators. Whether you are interested in robotics, sound, light art, or just plain old tinkering, these workshops are a great place to develop your artistic ideas.

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May 15, 2016

RGB Textiles: Creating Animated Fabric through Colour Vibration

Join Philippe Blanchard to create costumes that light up and animate under a computerized light show. Participants will explore Philippe’s new media installation practice, experimenting with the interaction of light on coloured dyes and pigments. Designing costumes out of fabric, printed-paper and other pliable materials, participants will learn firsthand how colorimetry and colour perception work to create the illusion of movement. 

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Apr 21 - 28, 2016

Large Scale Light Art (Series)

Back by popular demand! Learn how to control robotic lights, theatrical dimmer units and addressable RGB LEDs!  Participants will explore different ways of controlling sample lighting units (provided) using Arduino, Processing, and openFrameworks, and will consider ways that a small breadboard circuit can be scaled up to a large artwork. We will have samples of many different types of lighting fixtures to control, and discuss ways that you can create your own lighting fixtures. 

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Apr 9, 2016

Make an Atari Punk Console!

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. 

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Mar 26, 2016

Drone Flight Techniques for Artists

Explore flight pattern methods for gathering visuals using a drone. Artist Laura Millard will help you identify ways to get the types of shots you need for your projects. 

In this workshop, participants will review the aesthetics of flight-based drone art, learn basic drone flight safety, and learn a number of drone flight techniques in both indoor and outdoor settings. Advanced techniques will be demonstrated by the instructors. The workshop includes both discussion and hands-on drone flight in small groups. 

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Mar 3 - 17, 2016

Intro to Arduino for Artists (Series)

In this series participants will be introduced to creative coding, circuit construction, sensors and actuators. Whether you are interested in robotics, sound, light art, or just plain old tinkering, these workshops are a great place to develop your artistic ideas.

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Feb 25, 2016

Interactive Installations in Max 7 (Series): Detecting Movement With Real-Time Video

One of the most essential techniques when creating an interactive work is determining when a user is present to engage with the piece. In this workshop, you will learn how to use a webcam to detect a participant in an interactive installation, using the webcam feed as input to initiate interactive events.

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Feb 20, 2016

Intro to 3D Scanning!

In this workshop, participants will follow the workflow of 3D scanning an object, manipulating the model, and exporting files. Participants will work with the NextEngine 3D scanner and Autodesk 123Design. 

The workshop will focus on creating files for 3D printing. You are welcome to register for Intro to 3D Printing! and learn to print your files in the afternoon.

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Feb 20, 2016

Intro to 3D Printing!

In this workshop, participants will learn the workflow of 3D printing an object from digital files. Steps include manipulating the model, exporting files, and printing the object on IA's Ultimaker 2 printers. You will learn to prepare files for 3D printing using Autodesk123Design. 

The workshop will focus on printing two kinds of objects. These include:

- an object from a 3D scan, and, 

- an object designed entirely in 3D modelling software (Autodesk 123Design or Rhino). 

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