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Processing & Arduino Professional Development

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10 am – 3 pm
Main Campus Center, Floor 07, Board Room, 1000 Lenora St., Seattle, WA

The price of this class is $225.
Includes “Instruction and Starter Pack for Arduino & Texts”, valued at $100.

Cornish Alumni Discount A $25.00 discount is offered to Cornish alumni.

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Being able to design and make your own software and hardware opens up infinite new vistas of creative expression and invention. This workshop covers the basics of Processing and Arduino: toolkits used by creatives of all disciplines to build their own custom software and electronics projects. These open source tools are designed for creative thinkers to learn quickly, even with no background in coding or electronics, providing access to digital mediums that until recently were obscure and difficult to learn. 

Processing is an open source programming language designed to quickly teach the basics of writing software, yet flexible enough for almost any creative project.  We’ll begin by building a custom app, covering the basics of making your own software, what’s possible and how to learn more from the international community of folks who program with Processing.

In the second half we’ll cover Arduino, an open hardware prototyping board that can be programmed to control almost any electronics project. We’ll go over the basics of reading sensors, lighting up some LEDs and how to get Processing and Arduino to communicate.

Tens of thousands of companies, artists, designers, architects, and researchers use Processing and Arduino to create an incredibly diverse range of projects including:

  • Design firms such as Motion Theory provide motion graphics for the TV commercials of companies like Nike, Budweiser, and Hewlett-Packard.
  • Bands such as R.E.M., Radiohead, and Modest Mouse have featured animation in their music videos.
  • Publications such as the journal Nature, the New York Times, Seed, and Communications of the ACM have commissioned information graphics.
  • The artist group HeHe produced their award-winning Nuage Vert installation, a large-scale public visualization of pollution levels in Helsinki.
  • The University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab created a visualization of a coastal marine ecosystem as a part of the NSF RISE project.
  • The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies at Miami University built visualization tools and analyzed text for digital humanities research.


Schedule *

Time Activity
10 am – 12 pm Processing and Arduino Installation and Introductions
12 – 1 pm Lunch Break
1 – 3 pm Processing and Arduino Implementation

* Subject to change


Joseph Gray is a Seattle based artist and designer. He has taught Processing and Arduino at 911 Media Arts Center and Metrix Create Space; he also created an online video course on the same topic for O’Reilly Media. Joseph earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 1999, focusing in video and sculpture. Since then he has worked with digital art and design practices for both artistic projects and commercial design applications. He began learning programming working in the graphic design industry, which quickly led to creating custom software and hardware tools for art installations and visual performances. His sculptural and performance work has been exhibited at Unit B Gallery in San Antonio, TX; Meridian Gallery and The Lab in San Francisco, CA and a multitude of venues in the Pacific Northwest including 911 Media, Bumbershoot, Ghost Gallery and the Seattle Art Museum Gallery. He currently works at Superfad, a digital production company, as their lead creative developer. View Joseph’s portfolio.