Basic Electronics for Artists
with Casey Anderson
Date & Time
February 8, 2011, 7pm–10pm
February 10, 2011, 7pm–10pm
February 15, 2011, 7pm–10pm
February 17, 2011, 7pm–10pm
Machine Project
$225 for members
$250 for non-members

Electronics is fun, useful, and fun. Electronics for Artists covers both the theory and primary 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.

If you wish to purchase a textbook, we recommend “Practical Electronics for Inventors,” by Paul Schertz, and “Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking,” by Nicolas Collins. In addition, we have an extensive collection of electronics 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.

Class 1
Tuesday, Feb 8, 7pm–10pm
with Casey Anderson

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 t

Class 2
Thursday Feb 10, 7pm-10pm
with Casey Anderson

AC Basics.
Electromagnetism, induction, capacitance.

Class 3
Tuesday, Feb 15, 7pm–10pm
with Casey Anderson

Semi-conductors, transistors, diodes.
Potentiometers and other kinds of variable resistors.
Voltage divider circuits.

Class 4
Thursday Feb 17, 7pm-10pm
with Casey Anderson

Integrated circuits.
Timers, oscillators and amplifiers.