Free Arduino workshop for select artists

Hi All,

We are trying to make our workshops more affordable to local artists here in Philadelphia, so we are giving away two stipends for our Arduino course and the intro Processing course.

Please help us spread the word.

Best, a_hack.

Here are the details:

~~ The Hacktory news bulletin for February 5, 2008 ~~

Artist Stipends for Interactive Art and Physical Computing Workshops available at the Hacktory

The Hacktory is giving away two stipends for its new "Intro to Interactive Art with Processing" workshop and two stipends for the "Microcontroller Experiments for Artists and Makers" course. These stipends are available to artists working in any performing field or physical media. The application requires a one-page concept proposal for a project that combines digital media with your current practice and a biography page including a summary of your most recent public performance or exhibition. More information is available at

The Intro to Interactive Art with Processing workshop starts with the very basics of the Processing environment. The morning will cover the software, language, graphics, motion, importing media, and simple mouse and keyboard interactivity. The afternoon will be dedicated to working in teams on more advanced interactive projects based on the group's ideas. Afternoon topics can include 3D, audio, video, computer-vision, networking, or interfacing Processing to the Arduino prototyping hardware.

The Microcontroller Experiments for Artists and Makers workshop delivers an introduction to interactivity through the popular open source physical computing platform called Arduino, and it will teach you how to use the Arduino to add interactivity to your art installations and performances. You will connect a variety of sensors (light, temperature, sound, etc.) to the Arduino and use them to control a motor, LEDs, and other mechanical devices. You will also learn the basics of programming the Arduino, and we will cover some low cost, easy to use, techniques for using electronics in your artwork.

Neither of the workshops require any prior knowledge of programming or electronics. The Hacktory provides a friendly environment for artists to learn how to apply technology in their work. "I came to this with very little previous knowledge of the subject matter, but didn't feel like it was over my head," writes one participant of the Hacktory's microcontroller course. "Perfect, and the pace allowed those of us who are slow, like me, to take our time," another student comments. "I definitely would recommend the class."

The stipend applications will be reviewed by Wil Lindsay who is a media artist residing in Philadelphia. He has exhibited work throughout the Northeast, most recently as a solo exhibition called PhotoSemasia: Meaning in Light. Wil teaches interactive media at the University of the Arts in Center City, and is working on future components of his Stray Technologies project.

The Hacktory is a project of the Nonprofit Technology Resources that promotes the use of technology in the arts through classes, events, shared facilities and tools, and residencies. It's classes and events have been featured in Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's Artblog, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, 2600's Off the Hook, and UWISHUNU. For more information visit