January 22, 2017 - 11am to 5pm

Arduino for the Impatient Artist:
Skipping Ahead to the Good Stuff
Sunday, January 22nd 11-5
Space is limited.

This beginner workshop will provide artists with the tools and resources required to incorporate Arduino based electronics into their practices quickly and easily—utilizing plug & play sensors, artist driven software, and open source code. Skipping the basics of resistors and flashing LEDs, we will focus on interfacing physical and digital environments using a variety of sensors—i.e. color recognition, water level, pulse, proximity, temperature, flame—to trigger events in running software. Participants will learn to:

– Setup Arduino projects (hardware and software)

– Utilize pre-fab modules and cables (avoiding complicated electronics & soldering)

– Hack existing code (without needing to know how to actually program)

– Use incoming sensor data to manipulate audio, video, etc.

– Understand the basics of stand alone projects (not connected to a computer)

– Source parts, connection diagrams, well-written code, and online help

Arduino is a powerful open-source electronics platform based on flexible, easy-to use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, and hobbyists to create interactive objects or environments. You don’t have to be a programmer or an electrician to create digital, interactive, or immersive art.



Elliott Hearte is a Canadian media artist and arts administrator who has lived and worked across Canada and the USA including Vancouver, Montreal, and New York City. A graduate of the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, her work in film, video and new media is primarily experimental in content and technique, often utilizing alternative DIY processes. Hearte explores social constructs of belief, gender, and identity, focussing on the relationship between self identity and community. An experienced arts administrator and instructor, Hearte has taught video, film, electronics, and performance, and was Co-Director of Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre in Atlantic Canada prior to taking her current position as General Manager of the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver. She participates on numerous boards and committees dedicated to the advancement of visual and media arts in Canada and abroad including the Independent Media Arts Alliance, and the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific. Her work has shown extensively in festivals and galleries across Canada, USA, and Europe.