Art & Technology: LED Lights for Artists

$200.00

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30
Aug 10 – Sept 14
Instructor: Eugene Sargent
Ages 18 & Up

 

LEDs are amazing devices that allow light to be put practically anywhere. They are extremely versatile and are available in a wide range of colors, intensities and forms. Many applications are simple, easily within reach of any artist, and others are more complex, allowing exciting effects and animation. In this class, we will employ an amazing and fun device called an Arduino. We will use it to send data to a strip of LEDs to individually control the color and brightness of each one. Although the Arduino uses a programming language called C++, no knowledge of the language is needed to use it to make awesome effects because there is so much code out there which we can borrow. However, if one did want to delve further, an Arduino is an ideal gateway into coding with a large community which is practically begging to teach you to code!

To be clear, this class is focused on LED light actually embedded in or part of an art piece, not on fixtures for lighting such as can lights or track lighting. I aim to give class participants a unique view into working with individual components to customize them for projects. Each Participant in the class will get to choose a few LED components to suit their tastes. I am going to bring an assortment of various components, and we will go over how they all work. Then in successive classes, participants will have the choice of illuminating a piece they are already working on or making a piece to illuminate. If you have any orphaned power adapters laying around, that are 5 to 12 volts DC, save them to bring for the class – we will put them to use!

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Tuesdays 6:30-8:30
Aug 10 – Sept 14
Instructor: Eugene Sargent
Ages 18 & Up

 

LEDs are amazing devices that allow light to be put practically anywhere. They are extremely versatile and are available in a wide range of colors, intensities and forms. Many applications are simple, easily within reach of any artist, and others are more complex, allowing exciting effects and animation. In this class, we will employ an amazing and fun device called an Arduino. We will use it to send data to a strip of LEDs to individually control the color and brightness of each one. Although the Arduino uses a programming language called C++, no knowledge of the language is needed to use it to make awesome effects because there is so much code out there which we can borrow. However, if one did want to delve further, an Arduino is an ideal gateway into coding with a large community which is practically begging to teach you to code!

To be clear, this class is focused on LED light actually embedded in or part of an art piece, not on fixtures for lighting such as can lights or track lighting. I aim to give class participants a unique view into working with individual components to customize them for projects. Each Participant in the class will get to choose a few LED components to suit their tastes. I am going to bring an assortment of various components, and we will go over how they all work. Then in successive classes, participants will have the choice of illuminating a piece they are already working on or making a piece to illuminate. If you have any orphaned power adapters laying around, that are 5 to 12 volts DC, save them to bring for the class – we will put them to use!

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