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July Workshops!

And now the post you’ve all been waiting for… our July workshops!

This month we have four exciting opportunities for you to get your feet wet creating 2D designs you could then cut out on the laser etcher, using electronics, and learning how to use the Arduino prototyping board—  all getting you well on your way to making something really awesome!

Inkscape for Laser Cutting
Saturday, July 17   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop is an introduction to Inkscape, focusing on the tools needed for laser cutting. It is appropriate for those who have never used or have limited experience with Inkscape. During the course, you will create your own 3”x5” design and have it cut it out in 3mm thick Birch using the laser cutter. This workshop requires a laptop with the latest version of Inkscape installed and a mouse with a scroll wheel.

Inkscape for Laser Cutting will also be held on:
Thursday, July 22   7-9pm
Cost: $50 for non-members

Introduction to Electronics
Saturday, July 24   2-4:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop covers everything you need to know to get started in electronics. We’ll start from the basics of electricity and work our way up to using integrated circuits. Fading, blinking, and dimming LEDs help demonstrate key electronics concepts. You’ll leave this workshop with a kit of everything you need to build the circuits we cover.

Intro to the Arduino
Thursday, July 29   7-9pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop will cover the basics of the Arduino. We’ll go over what it is, what it can do, and why you’d want to use it. We’ll also go over a couple of basic programs. This course is great for people who’ve never programmed before and have no microcontroller experience. We’ll give you an Arduino, a breadboard, and some simple components. This workshop requires a laptop.

You’ve been asking for new workshops, and last week we announced our electronics lineup. This week we introduce 3 new Processing Workshops at Metrix Create:Space.   Our instructor is Joseph Gray, a visual artist and designer who has taught workshops on Processing and Pure Data at Media 911, Cornish School of Arts and Frayed Wire.   Introduction to Processing April 17th 2:00-4:30 PM Cost: $50 for non-members An introduction to Processing (http://processing.org), a coding language designed for artistic applications.  Processing is quick to learn for beginning coders, particularly those with a visual background.  The language is simple yet capable of scaling to projects of almost any complexity.  It is easy to learn for non-programmers yet powerful enough for seasoned programmers to rapidly develop concepts.  Processing has the added benefit of being a free and open source tool that is used by a large and very active community of creative minds internationally.   This workshop will guide participants through the creation of a basic drawing tool to introduce the fundamental concepts of Processing.  The finished project will be a unique drawing application that can be tweaked and modified to create individual artworks.  These images can then be saved in a printable format to show how the language can rapidly turn ideas into tangible results.  Laptop Required.  Real-Time Animation with Processing April 24th 2:00-4:30 PM Cost: $50 for non-members This workshop is designed for coders already familiar with dot syntax and focuses on generative animation.  3rd party libraries for Processing will be utilized to create an OpenGL application for creating visuals in real-time.  This stand-alone fullscreen application will create intricate and complex animations that can be controlled with a mouse and keyboard.  The visual output of the app can then either be recorded to a video file or projected for live performances.  Laptop Required.   Processing with Arduino May 1st 2:00-4:30 PM Cost: $50 for non-members Processing+Arduino.  The Arduino (http://arduino.cc) development environment looks exactly the same as Processing, as it happens to be based off of it.  The two toolkits work in tandem beautifully, particularly with the Firmata libraries.  Firmata (http://firmata.org) is an Arduino firmware that creates a standard protocol to a variety of languages.  The library for Processing is a natural transition in particular.   In this workshop an Arduino will be used to create a custom hardware controller and then connected to an application created in Processing to control live visuals.  Laptop and Arduino Required.  Materials for the controller will be provided.  Familiarity with both Processing and Arduino suggested.

You’ve been asking for new workshops, and last week we announced our electronics lineup.

This week we introduce 3 new Processing Workshops at Metrix Create:Space.   Our instructor is Joseph Gray, a visual artist and designer who has taught workshops on Processing and Pure Data at Media 911, Cornish School of Arts and Frayed Wire.  


Introduction to Processing
April 17th 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members

An introduction to Processing (http://processing.org), a coding language designed for artistic applications.  Processing is quick to learn for beginning coders, particularly those with a visual background.  The language is simple yet capable of scaling to projects of almost any complexity.  It is easy to learn for non-programmers yet powerful enough for seasoned programmers to rapidly develop concepts.  Processing has the added benefit of being a free and open source tool that is used by a large and very active community of creative minds internationally.  

This workshop will guide participants through the creation of a basic drawing tool to introduce the fundamental concepts of Processing.  The finished project will be a unique drawing application that can be tweaked and modified to create individual artworks.  These images can then be saved in a printable format to show how the language can rapidly turn ideas into tangible results.  Laptop Required. 


Real-Time Animation with Processing
April 24th 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members


This workshop is designed for coders already familiar with dot syntax and focuses on generative animation.  3rd party libraries for Processing will be utilized to create an OpenGL application for creating visuals in real-time.  This stand-alone fullscreen application will create intricate and complex animations that can be controlled with a mouse and keyboard.  The visual output of the app can then either be recorded to a video file or projected for live performances.  Laptop Required.  


Processing with Arduino
May 1st 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members

Processing+Arduino.  The Arduino (http://arduino.cc) development environment looks exactly the same as Processing, as it happens to be based off of it.  The two toolkits work in tandem beautifully, particularly with the Firmata libraries.  Firmata (http://firmata.org) is an Arduino firmware that creates a standard protocol to a variety of languages.  The library for Processing is a natural transition in particular.  

In this workshop an Arduino will be used to create a custom hardware controller and then connected to an application created in Processing to control live visuals.  Laptop and Arduino Required.  Materials for the controller will be provided.  Familiarity with both Processing and Arduino suggested.