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Introduction to Creative Programming with Processing

June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Class Description:

In this class, you will start fresh, and learn enough to program animated shapes and patterns on your computer screen. We will use a language called “Processing”, but everything you learn will apply to any kind of programming. Express yourself in coded pixels!

Skills Covered / Outcomes:

When you’re done, you’ll understand the basic programming and coding techniques that, well, much of our world is built on.

  • What is a computer language?
  • What is a computer program?
  • Are computers based on numbers? (Yes, but it’s not scary.)
  • How do computers draw on the screen?
  • How does animation work?
  • How to describe a simple picture to be drawn with computer code
  • How colors work on a screen and why Red, Green, and Blue is enough to make lots of colors
  • How and why we see animation

What to bring:

Your own laptop and power supply.


You need to be comfortable using your laptop computer, and installing a downloaded application (“Processing”).

Age Requirements:

Any age (if young, at parents’ discretion)

Instructor Bio:

In 1978, David Van Brink wrote little graphics toys on an Apple II. Since then he’s gotten advanced degrees in computer science, helped invent QuickTime, gotten a few patents for electronics design software. Now he spends time helping others write little graphics toys on… modern computers.

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June 14, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz


Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz
2801 Mission St. #204
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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