Intro To Programming For Artists, Musicians and Other Creatives

Programming is a creative process performed by programmers to instruct a computer on how to do a task. If you are an artist or musician, you can make custom instructions or software to create digital visual art and animations, tell a story, manipulate photos, create sound or a whole software instrument, make a game, or build an art installation. Why would you want to do this instead of using Photoshop or a software synthesizer? If you are someone that makes artwork, is interested in aesthetics, or otherwise likes to explore cooking or creating film or design, you will also enjoy being able to build your own custom art tools for the computer.

In this class, we’ll take a playful approach to learning the concepts of programming and then take our first beginner steps. We’ll talk about the connections between writing recipes and writing code and the basic components of every programming language. We’ll cover an introduction to the visual programming language Scratch and then build our own simple instruments, synthesizer, or visual art. When you finish this class, you’ll have created your own first programs, and be ready to jump to the next level and start learning Python, Processing, Java, or other programming languages. This program is presented by The Hacktory as part of our inaugural artist-in-residency. Tickets are $25, available here:

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  • Polly

    I have to cancel this evening. Sorry!

    June 18, 2014

  • Georgia

    Hi Andrew,
    Yep that's totally fine. We can take cash or check. See you tonight!

    June 18, 2014

  • Andrew R.

    Hey guys I didn't see there were tickets, is it cool if I pay when I get there

    June 18, 2014

  • Georgia

    Hi everyone! Thanks for signing up, we're looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night. FYI, we do have Macbooks available for participants, but if you would like to use your own laptop you are welcome to bring it. At least half the class will not involve the computers anyway. We also have tickets available to cover parking in the garage east of our building, if you plan on driving.

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is this exclusively Mac based?

      1 · June 17, 2014

    • Georgia

      Hi C, no it's not, that's just what we have available.

      June 17, 2014

  • Lee T.

    Hey folks! In this class we'll review the concept of programming as instructions, and we'll do this experientially. We'll review simple beginner-friendly programming languages and we'll actually create our own programming languages ourselves!

    1 · June 12, 2014

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