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Electronics for Artists
with Mark Allen
Date & Time
July 1, 2007, 12pm–4pm
July 3, 2007, 7pm–10pm
July 8, 2007, 12pm–4pm
July 10, 2007, 7pm–10pm
Machine Project
Free for members
$250 for non-members

June and July sessions are now full.

Instructor Name:
Mark Allen

Sundays July 1st + 8th (12pm-4pm), and Tuesdays July 3rd and 10th (7pm-10pm)

$250 materials, equipment, and a free copy of MAKE issue #10 included. sorry, class is full

Course Description:
Electronics is fun, useful, and fun. Electronics for Artists covers both the theory and primarily techniques of working with electronics. Students will be exposed to basic tools and components for building robust, practical circuitry into their art works. No attempt will be made to provide encyclopedic coverage of electronics due to the sprawling nature of the topic – rather students will be encouraged to become comfortable with experimentation and hands on hacking.

Course Prerequisites: Open

If you wish to purchase a textbook, we recommend Practical Electronics for Inventors, by Paul Schertz. In addition, we have an extensive collection of electronics and robotics textbooks which we will bring to class for you to check out.

Each meeting will consist of a lecture and lab. During lab we will build circuits based on the concepts discussed in the lecture.

Weekly Outline:

1: Sunday June 10th, 12-4pm. DC Basics. Voltage, current, resistance. Series and parallel circuits. Identifying common components. Building basic circuits from resistors, LEDs, switches, wires and batteries and how to (not) burn, smoke, or otherwise ruin them. lecture notes for class 1

2: Tuesday June 12th, 7-10pm. AC Basics. Electromagnetism, induction, capacitance. lecture notes for class 2

3: Sunday June 17th, 12-4pm. Semi-conductors, transistors, diodes. Potentiometers and other kinds of variable resistors. Voltage divider circuits. lecture notes for class 3

4: Tuesday June 19th.Integrated circuits. Timers, oscillators and amplifiers.lecture notes for class 4

Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4