Summer School 2016

A short program of workshops focusing on the different technology used in interactive art and design. Including workshops such as making things move with Arduino, experimental drawing with Processing, voice control with Max Msp, improvised prototyping methods and interfacing Midi controllers to name a few.

All workshops are FREE and open to members of Artschool I/O, staff and students at the GSA and will take place on campus.

The majority of the workshops require no previous experience of the subject matter, software or coding. However, if the workshop is labelled intermediate you are welcome to attend without prior experience but the subject matter may be more in depth without spending as much time covering the basic concepts.

Some workshops will require you to bring a laptop but information on this will be emailed to registered participants nearer the date of the workshop.

Don't forget to register an individual ticket for each workshop you intend to attend on the EventBrite page.



Tuesday 23rd | 2pm- 4.30pm | The Haldane Projector Space
What is Code? (Jen Sykes)
Coding for beginners. Here we will cover the basics of coding an interactive visual using a colourful building block type software called Scratch.

Thursday 25th | 2pm-4.30pm | The Haldane Projector Space
Experimental Drawing (Jen Sykes)
Processing for beginners: Processing is a coding platform for artist and designers to create interactive graphics and sound. We will be focusing on the basic concepts of animating graphical shapes.

Friday 26th | 2pm-4.30pm | The Haldane Projector Space
Improvising Prototypes in 3D (Roy Shearer)
Exploring different ways of making quick housings for electronic prototypes.

Tuesday 30th | 2pm- 4.30pm | The Haldane Projector Space
Making things move (Jen Sykes)
Arduino for beginners: Arduino is similar to Processing in that it is a coding platform for designers and artists. However, the focus is on the physical environment rather than a graphical environment. We will cover ways of bringing objects to life via the Arduino code.

Wednesday 31st | 2pm- 4.30pm | The Haldane Projector Space
Midi Contollers (Kyle McAslan)
Interfacing music with electronics. Here we will cover how to build the hardware and software needed to work with Midi.


Thursday 1st | 10am- 4pm | ALLDAY! | The Haldane Screen printing room
This workshops runs ALLDAY!
Conductive Ink Screen Printing -part 1 (David Farrar)
This is the part one of a two part workshop where we will cover an introduction to screen printing as well as the opportunity to design your own graphic to print in conductive Ink. Part Two the following week will cover the electronic steps taken to make the print interactive. Its best to do both parts of the workshop to see the full potential of the concept. However, you can partake in one without having done the other.

Friday 2nd | 2pm- 4.30pm | The Haldane Screen projector space
Sliders and Bangs (Jen Sykes)
Max Msp for beginners: Max Msp is a useful tool for creating interactive sound, graphics and custom effects. It has an alternative patching, modular connecting method of coding to that of the text based programs such as Arduino and Processing. This lends its self to be visually intuitive for artists and designers. This workshop will cover the basic principles of creating your own patch with simple interfaces and controllers.

Monday 5th | 2pm- 4.30pm | The Haldane Screen projector space
Voice Control- Intermediate level (William Aikman)
This workshop will cover how to use voice and sound as an interactive input using Max Msp.
This workshop is slightly more in depth and is aimed at an intermediate level (those who have already done a beginner Max Msp workshop or have previous experience of the software). If you cannot attend the beginner Max Msp workshop and do not have previous knowledge of the software you are still welcome to attend to see what is possible but we will not spend as much time covering the basic concepts.

Thursday 8th | 5pm -7pm | Project Space 2 | The Vic union
Conductive Ink- part 2 (Jen Sykes)
This workshop will cover how to take the screen prints from the previous week part 1 workshop and make them interactive. We will look at how to connect the prints to an Arduino micro-controller and trigger different outputs. Its best to do both part 1 and 2 of these workshops but you can still attend this workshop if you haven't created your own screen print.

September Freshers Week!
These workshops will be held in the Vic union as part of Freshers week society fair but are still open to existing artschool IO members, all GSA staff and students.

Monday 12th | 2.30pm -4pm | Project Space 2 | The Vic union
LittleBits Hack (Jen Sykes)
(An Eventbrite bookable workshop)
LittleBits are snap-together electronics kits requiring no prior understanding of electronics or code. We will explore the components and have a hack challenge to create something curious. You are welcome to bring found objects such as Poundland delights to this workshop.

Tuesday 13th | 3pm -5pm | Project Space 2 | The Vic union
Not on Eventbrite!!!
This workshop will run slightly differently for Freshers week. It will be first come first serve with a maximum of 15.
Motion triggers (Jen Sykes)
Max Msp for beginners: A workshop exploring the notions of what 'motion' can mean as an event trigger. The workshop will operate a little differently- It will be a combination of showcasing ways sensors can trigger visuals and sounds in Max Msp. Followed by creating a Theramug, a theramin in a cup of tea!

Tuesday 20th | 5pm -7pm | Project Space 2 | The Vic union
(An Eventbrite bookable workshop)
Micro-what? (Jen Sykes)
In the first Artschool IO meet up of term 1 we will look at the new BBC Microbits and what they are capable of.