Kinetic & Interactive Sculpture: intro to Arduino – P0819-19

Date: Jul 22 - 26, 2019

Skill Level(s): Ages 13 - 17 i

Instructor(s): Chelly Jin

Tuition: $575
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $25

Time: 9AM – 3PM


Explore the exciting world of Arduino, where code and tangible media intertwine. In this workshop, students are introduced to basic electronics and programming using the Arduino platform, while applying these skills into dynamic sculptural creations. The limitless possibilities of developing code and mechanics are examined. These tools are not only approachable, but can be remade into anything from our imagination. Participants rethink applications of the technology, apply an interdisciplinary approach to art making, and are inspired by a sense of wonder.


Students explore various ways to integrate Arduino mechanics with paper sculpture to craft kinetic and interactive work, be it in the form of still sculpture, mobile sculpture or wearables. Begin with creating interactive mechanics using code, an Arduino Uno, sensors and LED lights. Then, students design the sculptural element using various treatments of paper (folding, mâché, painting). We then explore ways to bring these two together to make physically moving and interactive work.


There are demonstrations, followed by hands-on experimentation. Students receive tech demos and participate in group discussions and brainstorm exercises. Each student works on an individual project with one-on-one help from faculty and staff.


Chelly Jin is a designer and artist based in Los Angeles whose work synthesizes data, technology and art to illustrate narratives through interaction and creative research. She received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in Design Media Art.

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