Workshops

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 15 2017

Making Virtual Instruments with foci + loci

Join foci + loci for this year's Vector Festival workshop, where participants will be guided through their creative process using the game software LittleBigPlanet for the Sony Playstation 3. Working collaboratively, workshop participants will learn how to use the various tools and assets within the game to create their own audio visual instruments and prepare them for live performance. 

Date:  Saturday July 15

Time: 11-3pm

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Annual Studio or Workshop Pass Discount: $60

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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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Jan 23, 2016

Make an 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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Jan 16 - 17, 2016

Intro to Electronics for Artists (Series)

Learn the basics of electricity and build simple digital circuits with CMOS chips, transistors and LEDs. You will interface these circuits with motors, sensors and other devices commonly used in new media and electronic artworks.

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Nov 24 - Dec 1, 2015

Large-Scale Light Art

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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Nov 21, 2015

Circuit Board Design in EagleCAD

Learn how to design and print your own custom circuit boards using EagleCAD software. This workshop series will take you through the workflow for designing and printing circuit boards. You will learn how to create a schematic, design a circuit board, customize parts, and prepare files to send to the PCB manufacturer. With boards being so cheap these days, there's no reason not to have awesome custom circuit boards in your projects!  

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Nov 5 - 19, 2015

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 palce to develop your artistic ideas.

 

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Nov 3 - 17, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 (Series)

Raspberry Pi 2 is a powerful mini-computer used in many interactive works.  Using the RPi2, you will learn to write code in Python, scrape data from common web sources, and use sensors and actuators with the board.

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Oct 24 - 25, 2015

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.  Fear not: math will be kept to a minimum in this workshop.

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Oct 23, 2015

Trans-Dimensional Photo Filters

Ever wanted your own psychedelic selfie station? Learn how to make one using an in-browser tool to post-process a webcam stream and see your creations come to life.

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Oct 20 - 27, 2015

3D Scanning/Modelling/Printing (Series)

In this workshop series, participants will follow the workflow of 3D scanning an object, manipulating the model, exporting the files and printing the object on a 3D printer. Participants will work with the NextEngine 3D scanner and Ultimaker 2 printers.  What would Warhol make?

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