Our programming emphasizes experimentation with emerging technologies, (digital) fabrication and prototyping, creative coding, data science, systems-thinking, the internet of things and smart technologies, creative entrepreneurship, STEAM pedagogy, and privacy and security. We offer workshops, institutes, symposia, and hackathons/challenges directed at a diverse professional community excited to create meaningful connections, impact, and experiences. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary, project-based, and emphasizes collaborative problem-solving in cross-disciplinary teams.

Virtual Reality Demo/Training

  • Multi-Sessions
  • Giuliano Bruno
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Virtual Reality Demo/Training

  • Course:
  • Instructor: Giuliano Bruno
  • Multi-Sessions
  • Prereq: none

Learn how to get started using Virtual Reality systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. We’ll cover set up and basic troubleshooting.

Prerequisite: None, Required Materials: None

Upcoming Sessions:

Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Thursday, May 3, 2018 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Vinyl Cutter Demo/Training

  • Multi-Sessions
  • Amy Bonin
  • TECH70
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Vinyl Cutter Demo/Training

  • Course: TECH70
  • Instructor: Amy Bonin
  • Multi-Sessions

Learn how to use, manipulate, and utilize the Roland Camm-1 GX-24 vinyl cutter at PNCA. The workshop will cover file preparation, cutting, and application. We will cover different materials that can be used by the vinyl cutter (including vinyl, rubylith, backed paper, etc, ) and how one might use them in their art practice. Everybody will have an opportunity to cut something on the cutter during the training.

Prerequisite: None, Required Materials: None

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm

3D Printing Demo/Training

  • Multi-Sessions
  • Giuliano Bruno
  • TECH71
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3D Printing Demo/Training

  • Course: TECH71
  • Instructor: Giuliano Bruno
  • Multi-Sessions

Learn how to use some of the 3D printers at PNCA. The workshop will cover file preparation, different materials that can be used, and some basic troubleshooting.
Prerequisite: None, Required Materials: None

Upcoming sessions:

Thursday, March 22nd, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Thursday, April 12th 12:30-1:30pm
 

Creating for Mixed Reality (Kadenze)

  • Wed, Jan 17 - May 9, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM
  • Thomas Wester
  • CTE560, CTE560
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Creating for Mixed Reality (Kadenze)

  • Course: CTE560, CTE560
  • Instructor: Thomas Wester
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  • Wed, Jan 17 - May 9, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Nov 2017 - Dates and times TBA
Creating for Mixed Reality is an introductory series of classes that explore the questions you need to ask when creating for mixed reality. We explore the landscape of augmented, mixed and virtual reality, mapping out the different experience paradigms and hardware interfaces guided by readings and interviews with an inspiring mix of creative practitioners and industry professionals. The space we are exploring is evolving fast and this course does not emphasize acquiring skills in specific tools or platforms, as these will quickly be dated. Instead, we focus on providing a conceptual and theoretical foundation, on artistic experimentation and exploration,and on challenging your thinking and perception. This course aims to provide the confidence, inspiration, and skills to teach yourself the methods and technology required to create for mixed reality. Course assignments include a mix of research and practice. Research happens through reading, and through watching film and reflecting back. The readings help you think critically about the medium and its connection to aesthetic and cultural concerns and to more established media. Practice includes building experiences in Unity based on templates and guides provided by the instructor.

Prerequisite: None, Required Materials: A computer with Unity installed

Wed, Jan 17 - May 9, 2018,  3:00 PM – 5:45 PM 

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Creating 3D Assets with Blender

  • Sun. April 29th, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • Ryan Woodring
  • TECH 172
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Creating 3D Assets with Blender

  • Course: TECH 172
  • Instructor: Ryan Woodring
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  • Sun. April 29th, 2018. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Instructor: Ryan Woodring

This workshop is a fast-paced intro to creating digital objects for use in virtual and augmented reality, using the open-source 3D modeling/animation program Blender. We will cover the basic tools for mesh modeling and texturing, with an eye toward the limitations and possibilities of VR/AR. Students will learn to create digital assets that look good and are easy to edit, export, and work with in a variety of AR/VR platforms.

Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary

Required Materials: A laptop with Blender installed

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Make your Own Tiny Piano: Shaping Circuit Boards

  • Sat, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Darrell Rossman
  • FAB 341
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Make your Own Tiny Piano: Shaping Circuit Boards

  • Course: FAB 341
  • Instructor: Darrell Rossman
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  • Sat, March 31, 2018 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: Proficiency in any vector-graphics editing software

Circuit boards aren't always square. Learn how to make your own custom-shaped mini instrument. We'll take an existing open hardware design (https://tinycircuits.com/pages/tinypiano), and fit the controls/keys to be wherever you want them on whatever (small) footprint you'd like. This means that we will make circuit boards without actually needing any electronics knowledge. Make the instrument a moon, a star, an octopus, or whatever you can dream up. We'll be using the free software KiCad, so you'll be able to easily play around after (and even before) the workshop on your own. The circuit boards will be professionally printed with OSH Park, a local manufacturer, in their purple colour scheme. We'll then meet again to solder them together by hand.

Required Materials: KiCad (open source/free software) to be installed on participant computer or MTC-provided computers, PCB manufacturer (OSH Park), electrical components

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Advanced Laser Engraving: Rotary Attachment

  • Sat, April 7, 2018 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Darrell Rossman
  • TECH 370
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Advanced Laser Engraving: Rotary Attachment

  • Course: TECH 370
  • Instructor: Darrell Rossman
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  • Sat, April 7, 2018 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: The laser cutter training (TECH 170) at Make+Think+Code

If you've ever seen a champagne flute with engraved initials, chances are it was done with a laser. Using the rotary attachment, lasering is not just confined to the flat. Learn to set up the rotary attachment jig and we'll engrave glass cups or mugs with simple artwork and/or text.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contactmtc@pca.edu.

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Introduction to WebGL with THREEjs:

  • Tues/Thurs Apr. 10 & 12, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Zach Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 361
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Introduction to WebGL with THREEjs:

  • Course: CC 361
  • Instructor: Zach Marlow-McCarthy
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  • Tues/Thurs Apr. 10 & 12, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Prereq: Basic HTML and Javascript knowledge, Prior 3D graphics experience is encouraged. Knowledge of Blender/C4D/Maya is helpful but not required.

Tues/Thurs Apr 10,12, 2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM

An introduction to the world of online 3D graphics.

In this workshop we’ll explore THREEjs as a fantastic cross-platform framework for building rich and interactive 3D experiences for the web and mobile. We’ll look at examples of what the framework can be used to do, discuss some of its limitations, and get started with some hands-on exercises and tutorials. I will provide some possible themes and assets to work with to make your own 3D experience. At the end of the workshop we’ll share what we’ve made, help to overcome technical obstacles, to optimize for mobile performance, and give creative feedback to push it further.

Required Materials: a computer (osx, linux, windows).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Making Machines Talk II

  • Wed, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Mike Heavers
  • CC 361
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Making Machines Talk II

  • Course: CC 361
  • Instructor: Mike Heavers
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  • Wed, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Prereq: It is not required that you attend the first session, but it is encouraged! Some experience with any of the software mentioned (Ableton Live, Unity, Max/MSP), a basic understanding of programming, or an idea for a project you want to create, will be helpful.

The software and hardware we use is often designed with a rigid structure, and a singular, isolated focus. However, if we can understand the underlying ways through which applications and devices communicate, we can expose a wealth of opportunity for artistic expression and unexpected creativity.
In this class we will explore some of the fundamental methods by which machines communicate, and how these allow us to extend the capabilities of hardware and software beyond the uses their creators intended.
In this second session, we'll look at how to communicate between devices - doing things like making phones talk to the web, making the web talk to household devices, and making devices that control software applications.

Required Materials: laptop with web access

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Data, Decisions and Prediction: A Primer for Social Justice

  • Sat. Apr 14 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) & Sun. Apr 15 (1:00PM - 5:00 PM), 2018
  • Douglas Hanes
  • DSI 410
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Data, Decisions and Prediction: A Primer for Social Justice

  • Course: DSI 410
  • Instructor: Douglas Hanes
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  • Sat. Apr 14 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) & Sun. Apr 15 (1:00PM - 5:00 PM), 2018
  • Prereq: Some knowledge of statistics would be helpful but not essential.

This course focusses on applying concepts of data science to tackle social justice problems with quantitative methodology. Traditional data analysis techniques focus on testing whether there is a prespecified relationship between a few variables. Do people driving red cars get into more accidents? Let’s gather some data and find out! But with more ample sources of data, the goal may be targeted at predicting the likelihood that a person will be in a car accident, not just from their car’s color, but likely from many other factors, as well. In fact, why not try to use all of the information at your disposal? These predictive techniques, of machine learning or data mining, can be quite helpful in finding meaningful hidden patterns and correlations which might not be visible. In this workshop we will discuss the different approaches of data analysis and apply them to some social justice data using the statistics package R.

Required Materials: A laptop with R (free, open-source) installed.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pca.edu.

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Making Pretty Things with Math - an Introduction to Shaders

  • Sat. Apr 21, 2018. 10:00AM -5:00PM
  • Zack Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 361
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Making Pretty Things with Math - an Introduction to Shaders

  • Course: CC 361
  • Instructor: Zack Marlow-McCarthy
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  • Sat. Apr 21, 2018. 10:00AM -5:00PM
  • Prereq: Basic coding knowledge (JS in particular)

Instructor: Zack Marlow-McCarthy

Unleash the power of the graphics card with OpenGL shading language (GLSL)

Being capable of writing shaders is the key to unlocking performance in modern computers and mobile devices. In this workshop we’ll work in a simple cross-platform WebGL framework to learn the basics of GLSL shader language. We’ll learn about the difference between fragment and vertex shaders, some of the limitations and features of GLSL, how to create uniforms and other run time variables, how to use 3d mesh assets such as normals, positions, and UV maps, how to sample, mix, and work with textures. We’ll look at a variety of quadratic and trigonometric functions to find algorithms for mixing and blending colors to create beautiful, performant graphics. We’ll discuss pseudo randomness, and incorporating noise and variation. At the end of the workshop, we’ll do a guided project, writing our own simple shaders which we’ll show in class for critique and debugging.

Prerequisite: Basic coding knowledge (JS in particular)

Required Materials: a laptop.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

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Advanced Laser Engraving: Metal Marking

  • Sat, April 21, 2018 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Darrell Rossman
  • TECH 370
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Advanced Laser Engraving: Metal Marking

  • Course: TECH 370
  • Instructor: Darrell Rossman
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  • Sat, April 21, 2018 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: The laser cutter training (TECH 170) at Make+Think+Code

Engraving on metal with lasers? Totally. Laser markings on specific metals can be some of the toughest engravings around, and some of the most beautiful. In this workshop, we'll take a photo or artwork of your choice (some instructions will apply) and engrave it into anodized aluminum. We'll also use a special marking material to engrave a simple text/graphic onto the surface of a small stainless steel blank.

Materials: Cermark tape, flat squares of stainless steel, anodized aluminum sheets

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Theories of Change

  • Sun. Apr 22, 2018. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Howard Silverman
  • DSI 511
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Theories of Change

  • Course: DSI 511
  • Instructor: Howard Silverman
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  • Sun. Apr 22, 2018. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Prereq: DSI411 (A systems Thinking Toolkit)

Instructor: Howard Silverman

From the personal to the political, we all experience desires for change. But change can be hard. Situations can become stuck. In this workshop we will take a close look at change efforts motivated by organizational, social, and environmental opportunities and concerns. Through a series of discussions and exercises, we will explore, develop, and question theories of how change happens. Participants must bring a sense of purpose. Be ready to co-create a space for collaborative learning. Together, we will critically examine what it means to be effective.

Prerequisite: DSI411 (A systems Thinking Toolkit). This class will draw upon a systems thinking toolkit of methods, models, concepts, and metaphors. No explicit familiarity with systems thinking is required; this class will serve as both introduction for newcomers and augmentation for old hands.

Required Materials: Each participant will need a laptop/tablet, with web access

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

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Prototyping and Experimenting with VVVV

  • Sat. Apr 28, 2018. 10:00AM -5:00PM
  • Zack Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 361
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Prototyping and Experimenting with VVVV

  • Course: CC 361
  • Instructor: Zack Marlow-McCarthy
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  • Sat. Apr 28, 2018. 10:00AM -5:00PM
  • Prereq: VVVV is a PC only software, suitable for all skill levels. BYOComputer. Projectors, webcams or midi controllers are also welcome.

VVVV is a fast, free (for non-commercial use), and excellent patching based program using DirectX to create powerful interactive and real time visual experiences for PC.

In this workshop we’ll explore the exciting and versatile tool VVVV for creating interactive experiences and prototypes as well as real time visuals for VJing, projection mapping, and events. We’ll look at examples of work made with VVVV, and discuss some of the limitations and features of the tool. In a hands on tutorial we’ll discuss patching, sub-patching and writing custom nodes in C#, as well as some of the common structures and functions used. We’ll look at the libraries available for working with Audio, Kinect, DSLR cameras, openCV, Arduino, and more. Then we’ll work independently on pre selected themes or our own creations that we’ll then show for critique and debugging.

Required Materials: VVVV is a PC only software, suitable for all skill levels. BYOComputer. Projectors, webcams or midi controllers are also welcome.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contactmtc@pnca.edu.

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Introduction to D3

  • Sun. Apr 29, 2018. 1:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Meenakshi Rao
  • DSI 320
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Introduction to D3

  • Course: DSI 320
  • Instructor: Meenakshi Rao
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  • Sun. Apr 29, 2018. 1:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Prereq: Basic knowledge of HTML

D3 (https://d3js.org/) is one of the most popular Javascript packages for dynamic visualizations in web browsers today (see http://christopheviau.com/d3list/ for examples). It was initially developed by Mike Bostock and others from the Stanford Visualization Group, but is now an open source project. In this hands-on workshop, we will play with two D3 data visualizations: dynamic bar charts (using air quality data), and force-directed graphs.

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of statistics. Basic knowldeg of html.

Materials: Install D3 on your laptop

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Interaction in a Spatial Context II: Beginning Design

  • Sat. May 5 - Sun. May 6, 2018. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Traci Sym
  • CTE 530
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Interaction in a Spatial Context II: Beginning Design

  • Course: CTE 530
  • Instructor: Traci Sym
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  • Sat. May 5 - Sun. May 6, 2018. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Prereq: Interaction in a Spatial Context 1 or demonstrated equivalent experience.

Building on the basic skills introduced in Workshop one, we will examine tools and methodologies used to design experiences in space. Workshop participants will work in small teams or as individuals to model and prototype narrative and interactive spatial experiences.

Required Materials:  Modelling materials based on student group preference, Improvised media prototyping tools (pico projectors, audio transducers, etc).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Projection Hack: Immersive Collaborative Light Collage

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  • Craig Winslow
  • CTE 392
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Projection Hack: Immersive Collaborative Light Collage

  • Course: CTE 392
  • Instructor: Craig Winslow
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  • Prereq: CTE 300 or equivalent (Basic knowledge of projection mapping).

Now that we have the basics of projection mapping, let’s augment the space with light! After a quick 15 min refresher/overview on projection mapping, this will be a hands-on session as we projection map video, animations, code, live video, data and more ... to walls, pipes, ceiling vents, windows, pillars — if you can see it, you can map it!

Come prepared with pre-made content if you have a specific idea, or show up and make something on the fly. Still don’t feel comfortable with mapping? The best way to learn is by doing!

By the end of the session, we’ll have a finished collaborative project: an immersive light collage!

Required Materials: Computer, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), MadMapper.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Video as performance: Introduction to live cinema and vjing

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  • Megan McKissack
  • CTE 393
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Video as performance: Introduction to live cinema and vjing

  • Course: CTE 393
  • Instructor: Megan McKissack
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This workshop will introduce live video performance and techniques using VDMX.  This modular system allows for customization and integration of various external tools.  We’ll explore some of the available tools and build a two channel video mixer to start experimenting with performance while developing understanding of possibilities and aesthetics of improvisation with video.

Equipment: laptop (the software is only available for Mac at this time).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Unity: Fundamentals

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  • CC160
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Unity: Fundamentals

  • Course: CC160
  • Instructor: TBA
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Workshop Times:

Tues. Apr. 3, 2018. 6:00PM - 9:00PM

This workshop introduces the interface and workflow of the Unity Game Engine through the creation of a simple interactive scene. We will cover importing and arranging 3D objects to build a scene, adding pre-built scripts to create interactivity, and using plugins to allow added functionality — like bringing a Unity scene into virtual reality!

Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary.

Required Materials: A laptop with Unity installed

Recreating Sol Lewitt in a Digital Era

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  • John Brown
  • CC 300
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Recreating Sol Lewitt in a Digital Era

  • Course: CC 300
  • Instructor: John Brown
  • Multi-Sessions
  • Prereq: No previous experience required. A love of Art.

Tue Thurs Jan 30, Feb 15, Feb 27, Mar 15 , 2018. 6:30PM - 8:30PM (8 hours)

Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawings series spanned four decades of his life and lives on after his passing. His instructions for creating permanent art were essentially an analog program for creating generative art on a very large scale. We will use a Javascript library (P5.js) to recreate his works digitally using projectors, large blank walls, and his meticulous technical steps. Each class we’ll break down the instructions of one of LeWitt’s drawings into a simple program, centered on a new programming concept. And at the end, we’ll all project our pieces on the wall in an impermanent impression of his permanent pieces.

Required Materials: laptop per student

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contactmtc@pca.edu.

Making Machines Talk I

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  • Mike Heavers
  • CC 361
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Making Machines Talk I

  • Course: CC 361
  • Instructor: Mike Heavers
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  • Prereq: Familiarity with Programming principles

The software and hardware we use is often designed with a rigid structure, and a singular, isolated focus. However, if we can understand the underlying ways through which applications and devices communicate, we can expose a wealth of opportunity for artistic expression and unexpected creativity.
In this class we will explore some of the fundamental methods by which machines communicate, and how these allow us to extend the capabilities of hardware and software beyond the uses their creators intended.
This class will be broken into two sessions. In the first we'll look at how to get various software to integrate with one another, including Ableton Live (sound), Max MSP (video), and Unity (3D).

Required Materials: laptop with web access

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contactmtc@pca.edu.

Creative Wireframing (Story Boarding UX)

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  • Matt Rhoades
  • CRE 430
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Creative Wireframing (Story Boarding UX)

How to think of the effect consumers will have on the final product. Simplicity. Amplification. Voice.

User experience is a term that has been used a lot in recent years. This class will focus on the true
meaning- how the product directly effects the user. There is an entire chapter of strategic development
and brand awareness that needs to be written before any coding can be created. This strategy and
brand awareness, alongside usability, are key ingredients to creating a successful product (software or
app).

This class will start with a 100,00 ft perspective of human interaction with the digital world; past and
current. Other activities will include:

Design Thinking: Exercises on post-it notes.
Story Boarding: Quick ideation with a focus on concept direction and goal.
Branding 101: The external influences(ers).
Iconography basics: Conceptuality through quick ideation.
Fit + Flow: How do the actions flow seamlessly together.

Exercises will start at 100,000 ft and slowly burrow down to simple executable ideas and concepts thatreflect today’s unique UX needs.

Materials: All necessary materials will be provided; templates and case studies. Student will just need to bring their creativity and unique experiences.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Disappearing Acts: an Intro to VFX

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  • Ryan Woodring
  • TECH 530
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Disappearing Acts: an Intro to VFX

  • Course: TECH 530
  • Instructor: Ryan Woodring
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  • Prereq: No previous experience required. General comfort with Apple laptops suggested.

This 4 day (12 hr) workshop will cover different visual effects strategies for removing objects from videos. Through this technical exploration of vfx software Nuke and After Effects you will 2D and 3D camera tracking, matte painting, compositing and rotoscoping. We will discuss both how post production studios and individual artists have used these methods to cover up, delete and appropriate.

Required Materials:  Laptops and installed software provided by Make+Think+Code. Bring 3 button mouse and pad and/or a Wacom tablet and pen if you have.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Introduction to MIDI

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  • Shawn Trail
  • TECH 390
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Introduction to MIDI

  • Course: TECH 390
  • Instructor: Shawn Trail
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Instructor: Shawn Trail

In this 2-hour workshop MIDI is demystified: from basic nomenclature to an intuitive overview of the framework, MIDI will be examined and explained with practical examples of how to use as it applies to visual artists.

Prerequisite: None

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

An In-Depth Introduction to Synthesis

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  • Justin Patrizi
  • TECH 290
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An In-Depth Introduction to Synthesis

  • Course: TECH 290
  • Instructor: Justin Patrizi
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This workshop will explore synthesis as an essential tool for sound design, both in musical elements as well as sound effects and atmospherics. Students will learn the signal flow of synthesizers, from the tone and timbre of oscillators, through filters and other modifiers, as well as the control paths that add dynamics and modulation to the various parameters affecting the sound. VCV Rack, a free virtual modular software package, will be used for these experiments, allowing students to build up their own synth piece by piece, although the theory learned can be applied to other software and hardware alike. The skillset learned here can also easily carry over into affecting other sound sources like guitar or vocals, providing a window into audio and music production as a whole. 

Required Materials: Laptop, headphones, VCV Rack software (free; https://vcvrack.com/)

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Arduino/Microntrollers Fundamentals

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  • Shannon Willis
  • TECH 241
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Arduino/Microntrollers Fundamentals

  • Course: TECH 241
  • Instructor: Shannon Willis
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Instructor: Shannon Willis

This is an intensive hands-on introduction to the Arduino platform, a popular and inexpensive micro controller that allows you to connect sensors and make something happen. Think of an Arduino as a mini computer you can then embed into your own projects. If you had ever wanted your work to be viewer responsive this is a good way to start. This crash course will get you started providing you with the technical know how to get started. We will also introduce electronics and soldering, allowing you to turn a prototype into a sturdy and robust project.

Prerequisite: Open to all Skill Levels

Required Materials: Arduino kit

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Drawing with VR II

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  • Reese Bowes
  • TECH 100
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Drawing with VR II

  • Course: TECH 100
  • Instructor: Reese Bowes
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  • Prereq: Drawing with VR I, or experience with Oculus Medium, Oculus Quill, Tilt Brush, Gravity Sketch, or another VR drawing application.

Instructor: Reese Bowes.

In this workshop we will build upon the fundamentals visited in Drawing with VR I. Advanced topics including sculpting environments, the figure, brush creation, and surface design methods will be explored.  Each student will have the opportunity to create a final piece and further pursue VR drawing/sculpting methods with the assistance of the instructor after the workshop. 

Prerequisite: Drawing with VR I, or experience with Oculus Medium, Oculus Quill, Tilt Brush, Gravity Sketch, or another VR drawing application. 

Required Materials: None

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.edu with your complete name and contact information.

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Embedding Dynamics

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  • Shannon Willis
  • FAB 341
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Embedding Dynamics

  • Course: FAB 341
  • Instructor: Shannon Willis
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In this workshop we will go over strategies and skills to successfully embed electronics into sculptures and interactive installations. You will learn helpful skills that will enable you to start creating artwork that can change over time or interact with its audience. The workshop covers important skills like how to solder the wires and connection to create a robust piece that is ready for show time.  As well as what to do if Plan A fails, and troubleshooting onsite. We will also go over considerations for creating pieces that hold up to audience expectations while being able to take an occasional beating by overzealous viewers.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Pop-Up Scaled Up

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  • Bennett Battaile
  • FAB 340
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Pop-Up Scaled Up

  • Course: FAB 340
  • Instructor: Bennett Battaile
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Pop-up books use a variety of ingenious fold designs to generate unexpected motion.  This workshop will explore ways to use pop-up and origami style folds in larger systems; for smooth folding action we will use drafting software to design precise layouts and a laser cutter to produce shapes in wood.

Materials: Access to computer with Fusion360 installed (but no experience required).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Inkless Printing and Flipbook Creation

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  • Jesse England
  • FAB 330
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Inkless Printing and Flipbook Creation

  • Course: FAB 330
  • Instructor: Jesse England
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  • Prereq: Basic laser cutting class, basic Premiere and Illustrator knowledge

Laser engraving affords us the ability to bypass ink as an instrument of record taking, eliminating pesky problems such as ink fading or spillage. And what better exploration of this idea than transmuting your favorite videos into long lasting flipbooks? In this workshop, you will learn how to turn your short video clip (or one provided) into images suitable for placement onto a template for laser etching, cutting, and assembly into a bolt-bound flipbook, impervious to data rot or cloud mismanagement. Bring a 1 to 10 second, high contrast video clip to convert, or use one of the examples provided.

Prerequisites: Must have taken TECH170 at Make+Think+Code

Materials: Laptop with Adobe Premiere and Illustrator. Bring a 1 to 10 second, high contrast video clip to convert, or use one of the examples provided.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contactmtc@pca.edu.

Making an Impression: Approaches to Stampmaking

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  • Jesse England
  • FAB 330
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Making an Impression: Approaches to Stampmaking

  • Course: FAB 330
  • Instructor: Jesse England
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  • Prereq: Must have taken TECH170 at Make+Think+Code

Explore three different approaches to making independent devices for printmaking using the laser cutter as a fabrication tool: Wood based rubbing implement, rubber stamp, and laser-exclusive ink matrix stamp. Historical approaches to these printing methods are described and then explored in practice.

Materials: Preselected, high-contrast imagery for making into stamps. Laptop computer for image editing and preparation. USB drive for transferring imagery to laser PC.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

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WebVR/AR III: Mixed Reality Networks

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  • Stephanie Mendoza
  • CC 360
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WebVR/AR III: Mixed Reality Networks

  • Course: CC 360
  • Instructor: Stephanie Mendoza
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  • Prereq: Familiarity with A-Frame, HTML and Javascript.

This class will be teaching networked, multi-user webVR experiences and uploading them to IPFS, the Inter Planetary File System, in order to persist and distribute your social VR worlds. We will be building on the last two workshops, students will build avatars to represent themselves in the digital world and link those worlds together,visualizing ‘crowd’ presence on the web.

Materials: Laptop with web access, mobile phone

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Exploring Avatars with WebAR

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  • Stephanie Mendoza
  • CC 360
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Exploring Avatars with WebAR

  • Course: CC 360
  • Instructor: Stephanie Mendoza
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Portals and Avatars can be manifested in the real world through the power of the open web. In this workshop we will be using WebAR to explore augmented and mixed reality experiences with A-Frame and AR.js.

Materials: Laptop with web access, mobile phone

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

WebVR/AR I: Building an Immersive Web Gallery

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  • Stephanie Mendoza
  • CC 360

Processing Projects: Dances with Robots

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  • Zach Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 301
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Processing Projects: Dances with Robots

  • Course: CC 301
  • Instructor: Zach Marlow-McCarthy
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Creating low entry cost, body-driven experiences with the Microsoft Kinect.

In this workshop we’ll explore several different paradigms and softwares for working with 3d tracking cameras to create digital experiences that engage the body as an input. This workshop is software and hardware-agnostic, but I will provide setups with Processing IDE and VVVV as well as Microsoft Kinect V1/2 and projectors. We’ll discuss the limitations of the technology as well as look at some examples of work in this field, and then break down into groups to explore different paradigms for incorporating 3d tracking cameras.

Prerequisite: An interest in performance, code, or both. 

Required Materials: a computer (osx, linux, windows) with processing installed. Bring your own hardware/software of choice, but i will set up a few options in advance.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Processing for Motion Graphics:

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  • Zach Marlow-McCarthy
  • CC 301
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Processing for Motion Graphics:

  • Course: CC 301
  • Instructor: Zach Marlow-McCarthy
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Learn how creative coding can be used to lighten the workload and to create unique effects and assets for your After Effects animation workflow. We will explore examples of processing used to generate assets, filters, masks for use in professional AE motion graphics. Write your own filters for visual effects and glitches, time dilation techniques, or generate elaborate and evolving masks and transitions using the easy to use Processing framework. Bring your own video clips, or work with examples provided, to develop your own unique experiment and show off to the class for critique and advice on next steps to push it further.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Processing. Knowledge of AfterEffects or your favorite video/animation software is a plus.

Required Materials: a computer (osx, linux, windows) with Processing installed.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

A Systems Thinking Toolkit

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  • Howard Silverman
  • DSI 411
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A Systems Thinking Toolkit

  • Course: DSI 411
  • Instructor: Howard Silverman
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Systems thinking is one way of seeing patterns amidst the messiness of life. Patterns give coherence to one’s experience, and a systems toolkit of methods, models, concepts, and metaphors can be used to sense and interpret such patterns. We will use these tools to examine social and environmental opportunities and concerns; and they will inform our conversations as we consider and critique strategies for effective action. Essential to this toolkit is the use of visual imagery such as artworks, diagrams, graphs, maps, and doodles. Visual imagery can support the types of facilitations and conversations through which cognitive work is done. Through such cognitive work, we grapple with current realities, compare analogies and distinctions, and imagine or enact new stories. No explicit familiarity with systems thinking is required; this class will serve as both introduction for newcomers and augmentation for old hands.

Required Materials: Each participant will need a laptop/tablet, with web access

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Introduction to Leaflet

  • Sun. March 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Meenakshi Rao
  • DSI 320
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Introduction to Leaflet

  • Course: DSI 320
  • Instructor: Meenakshi Rao
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  • Sun. March 25, 2018. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Prereq: Basic knowledge of HTML

Leaflet (http://leafletjs.com/) is an open source Javascript library specifically designed to support interactive maps in web browsers. In our hands-on leaflet workshop, we will map air quality data for the US, and explore how to choose base maps and customized icons to personalize our maps.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Introduction to R

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  • Meenakshi Rao
  • DSI 320
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Introduction to R

  • Course: DSI 320
  • Instructor: Meenakshi Rao
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  • Prereq: Some knowledge of statistics

R is widely used by scientists and statisticians to explore, analyze, and visualize large datasets. This workshop will give you a hands-on introduction to importing a large dataset, manipulating it, as well as simple techniques to explore and visualize this data.  We will work with Portland air quality data.

Materials: Install R Studio on your laptop 

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Data Science and Society

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  • Douglas Hanes
  • DSI 310
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Data Science and Society

  • Course: DSI 310
  • Instructor: Douglas Hanes
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News sites and popular media are replete with reports of health and sociological research results, supported by complex analysis of data. Some of these claims seem insightful, but others appear more dubious; often results even appear to contradict one another. Some mistakes are due to more overt biases; but often misstated results accrue from the fundamental nature of analytical methods. Some misinterpretations accrue when researchers collect a large amount of data on each subject, analyze in several different plausible ways, and present only their "best" results as authoritative. But there are other, more subtle decisions made in any analysis. In this workshop, we will present some of the basic notions of data analysis and discuss how choices about research design, analytical models, cultural assumptions and biases, interpretation of results, and publication can lead the media and readers to overstate the certainty of scientific knowledge.

Required Materials: Each participant will need a laptop/tablet, with web access

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.edu with your complete name and contact information.

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Video as performance: Deeper Explorations

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  • Megan McKissack
  • CTE 493
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Video as performance: Deeper Explorations

  • Course: CTE 493
  • Instructor: Megan McKissack
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  • Prereq: Some knowledge of VDMX and MadMapper

This workshop will delve deeper into live visual performance tools and techniques using VDMX.  We’ll explore data driven control and automation, using audio, midi, oscillation, and even video layers.  We’ll cover projection mapping techniques and explore possibilities of video and input sources.

Equipment: laptop (VDMX current only works on Mac OS), MadMapper

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Building Digital Instruments II: Instrument Design/Music Performance

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  • Shawn Trail
  • CTE 493
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Building Digital Instruments II: Instrument Design/Music Performance

  • Course: CTE 493
  • Instructor: Shawn Trail
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  • Prereq: CTE390

Raspberry Pi Instrument Design

In this 2day follow-up workshop to BDI1, participants learn to integrate their projects with a Raspberry Pi, replacing their laptops making their designs autonomous. This workshop will focus on low-cost, open source computing for artists without prior background with embedded micro-computing. Topics explored will be Machine Learning applied to sound, Music Information Retrieval, and Digital Signal Processing for audio.

Required Materials: Raspberry Pi 3b https://www.adafruit.com/product/2358

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Realtime Skeleton Animation in Unity

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  • Surya Buchwald
  • CTE 461
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Realtime Skeleton Animation in Unity

  • Course: CTE 461
  • Instructor: Surya Buchwald
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  • Prereq: Intro to Unity class at MTC or elsewhere, or watching ‘Using the Unity Interface’ and ‘Essential Unity Concepts’ at https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials/topics/interface-essentials

Learn the basics of Anima2D in Unity, including importing free and custom sprites, placing and moving bones, generating weights and animating using Inverse Kinematics to create realistic 2D joints. You’ll leave with a character you’ve rigged yourself and few custom animations you designed, and the ability to switch between the animations in realtime.

Materials: Laptop with web access

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Painting with Bitmaps

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  • Jeremy Rotsztain
  • CTE 450
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Painting with Bitmaps

  • Course: CTE 450
  • Instructor: Jeremy Rotsztain
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  • Prereq: Knowledge of fundamentals of interaction & experience design

Instructor: Jeremy Rotsztain

Mar 24 and 25, 2018. 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Painting with Bitmaps is a two-day workshop exploring programmatic composition techniques using digital images as a source material. We will start by looking different strategies and algorithms that artists use in their work. We will learn to how access pixels that are stored in a computer’s memory and play with a few different techniques for generating new imagery. Students will spend some time adapting algorithms (pixel sorting, masking, pixel-to-vector transformations) and writing their own. The workshop will be taught using Processing (http://www.processing.org) and participants are expected to have some experience with Processing or other creative coding frameworks.

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of processing would be helpful.

Required Materials: laptops/PCs with Processing installed

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

The Walls Have Eyes: Live Video as a Control Signal

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  • Ben Purdy
  • CTE 440
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The Walls Have Eyes: Live Video as a Control Signal

  • Course: CTE 440
  • Instructor: Ben Purdy
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  • Prereq: Familiarity with Processing is strongly encouraged but this workshop could be beneficial to anyone interested in learning about the capabilities of video as a general purpose control mechanism.

Often overlooked as an input mechanism, live video is a versatile tool for interactive media. While video can be useful as a source of visual content, capturing the motion of people or objects moving through space can also create an extremely expressive and dynamic control signals for use in many different interactive contexts.

This workshop will introduce participants to several common techniques and tools that harness live video, using visible light, infrared, and 3D sensors to capture movement in space. Software tools such as OpenCV, OpenTSPS, and Processing will be used to extract motion, shape, and color information from live video sources.

Required Materials: None

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Interaction in a Spatial Context I: Fundamentals

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  • Daniel Meyers
  • CTE 430
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Interaction in a Spatial Context I: Fundamentals

  • Course: CTE 430
  • Instructor: Daniel Meyers
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Since humans began recording images on cave walls by torchlight, viewers have attempted to construct meaningful relationships between media and the spaces they occupy. Cave paintings tell a story about the ancient world in which the narrative is animated by its spatial context.

Digital media couples narrative with user interaction to create immersive experiences that can be leveraged in space in new ways. Interaction in a Spatial Context is a workshop to explore new interaction design paradigms that emerge from situating digital media in space. Over the course of one weekend, basic and foundational space-media typologies will be examined, and an introductory design exercise will be conducted.

Required Materials: Modelling materials (card stock and ⅛” dowell for model 1).

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

If you need academic credits for the workshops, please contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Drawing in Virtual Reality

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  • Reese Bowes
  • TECH100
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Drawing in Virtual Reality

Three-dimensional drawing and the ability to sculpt in virtual spaces has been made available to the masses this past year and in this workshop we will explore three different applications that allow for building multidimensional virtual artworks — Oculus Medium, Quill, and TiltBrush.

Prerequisite: None
Required Materials: None

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An Introduction to Unity 3D

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  • Reid Blomquist
  • CC260
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An Introduction to Unity 3D

  • Course: CC260
  • Instructor: Reid Blomquist
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Get a jump start on Unity3d development with this Intro to Unity3d course. Course content is not focused on game development - but instead crafting experiences. You'll learn how to use Unity3d basics - like colliders and basic physics - and even spend time exploring generative art possibilities Unity3d offers.
Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary.
Required Materials: A laptop with Unity installed

The Art of Programming

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  • Nandini Ranganathan
  • CC 280
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The Art of Programming

  • Course: CC 280
  • Instructor: Nandini Ranganathan
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An introduction to Programming/Creative Coding within the context of the visual/interactive media. We will use Processing, an open-source multi platform language based on Java and is an ideal gateway to programming, interactivity, and procedural graphics. We will learn the basics of coding, the Processing IDE, and how to approach problem solving with the programming toolkit.

Through collaboration, problem-solving and projects, we investigate fundamental concepts and algorithmic thinking, creative problem-solving, 3D modeling, movement, and interaction using Processing. The course culminates in a final research and creative project and video presentation. Along the way, through readings and discussions, we will explore the myriad implications of the digital revolution including privacy and surveillance, data mining, artificial intelligence, evolution, and robotics, connected networks, and of the reality that our primary means of generating and communicating information, and of interacting with the world is digital. A willingness to engage with, delight in, and be suspicious of technology is essential.

Required Materials: A laptop with Processing (free, open-source) installed.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Prediction, Persuasion, and Power

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  • Nandini Ranganathan
  • DSI 210
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Prediction, Persuasion, and Power

  • Course: DSI 210
  • Instructor: Nandini Ranganathan
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In order to navigate a complex world saturated with data, we need to be able to critically interpret quantitative claims and assertions. In this course, we study the intersection of aata science, society, and power. We investigate the gathering, interpretation, and analysis of quantitative information in the context of political and civic systems, exploring how data can be used to inform, advocate, and manipulate. We explore current methods and tools that allow us to reveal hidden patterns in data, investigating a myriad of data sets and systems including social media. We inquire into assumptions, cultural context, methodology, and concepts of ambiguity and bias. Through case studies and models, we look at systems of voting, apportionment and decision-making and study methods of representing quantitative information and relationships visually in ways that facilitate a deeper analysis and understanding. Most importantly, we explore the dark side of bad data --- the skillful misuse of numbers and deceptive statistics by power structures to manipulate and mislead.

Required Materials: A laptop with web access.

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Augmenting the World with Light: Projection Mapping

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  • Craig Winslow
  • CTE 300
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Augmenting the World with Light: Projection Mapping

  • Course: CTE 300
  • Instructor: Craig Winslow
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Learn how to take control of light in a whole new way, and augment the world around you with animations, color, simulated lighting, and more. We’ll start with a quick conceptual overview, analyze various opportunities/limitations of the medium, then dive into a few live demos of what’s possible with projection mapping, using MadMapper.

Once you know the basics of mapping, it’s all about content! This workshop will be content-driven, sharing how to optimize your workflow by organizing a video template, tips I’ve learned to map rapidly during different "projection-a-day" road trips, live-video mixing, and using MIDI to make that job a lot smoother.

We’ll also touch on the fun logistics behind organizing a mapping installation, deciding what projectors you’ll need, how to mount them in difficult spots, and how to put together a mobile mapping setup.

Required Materials: Computer, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), MadMapper

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.edu with your complete name and contact information.

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Interactive and Immersive Installation

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  • Shannon Willis
  • CTE 400
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Interactive and Immersive Installation

  • Course: CTE 400
  • Instructor: Shannon Willis
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In this week long intensive you will get a taste of the complex and exciting world of creating interactive video installations and immersive physical environments. This course breaks down and introduces some of the technologies and equipment that can turn ideas into a physical reality. Learning technology is only part of the journey, as significant time will be devoted to learning about the aesthetics of interaction. What does it mean to make an interactive work of art? As the process continues we will engage in group in-process critiques that will help define the scope and direction of our works. We can begin to shift our thinking as makers of objects of art that lies outside of the viewer, to creators of an experience where the viewer is invited to step within and become a part of. Participants may work alone or in teams to create interactive installations.

Required Materials: Isadora, Arduino

We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to mtc@pnca.eduwith your complete name and contact information.

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Laser Cutter Fundamentals and Training

  • Multi-Sessions
  • Jesse England, Darrell Rossman
  • TECH170
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Laser Cutter Fundamentals and Training

  • Course: TECH170
  • Instructor: Jesse England, Darrell Rossman
  • Multi-Sessions

In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Trotec 300 laser cutter at Make+Think+Code. This machine can etch and engrave a variety of materials, including most types of paper, cardboard, fabric, and acrylic. In addition, most materials up to 3/8" thick can be cut. This machine uses Adobe Illustrator, but vector and bitmap designs can originate from other programs as well. You will also learn about the safety features of the machine and how to cut and engrave different materials safely, and how to clean/prepare the machine for use. 

Prerequisite: Some experience with graphical editing programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, CorelDraw, and others is a recommended prerequisite but is not required.

Required Materials: None

PNCA students can register for these events through Self-Service. Faculty, staff, and community members should contact mtc@pnca.edu to sign up for a session.

Upcoming Sessions: 

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