NYC public school students between the ages of 13–18 are invited to spend their Thursday afternoons, from 3–6PM, at Eyebeam. Each month will feature a series of free hands-on workshops, starting at 4PM, where students will have the opportunity to work with different open-source software programs as used by artists and technologists.
Thursdays in June: DIY Multi-User Network Mania with Eyebeam collaborator Dan Walmsley, and Gabriella Coleman Were there online social networks before the web? How did gamers create huge multi-player worlds before the age of 3D graphics? Software developer Dan Walmsley and geek culture anthropologist Gabriella Coleman will explore online cultures and social networks through the groundbreaking programs of the modern Internet. Students will learn about the fascinating world of Multi-User Dungeons, IRC, Usenet and the cultures that formed around them, some of which still thrive today.
NOTE: This is a free program and students are welcome to drop in without RSVP’ing. Computer access is first come first serve. In the case of too many students, students will be invited to team-up and collaborate on shared projects. Students who drop-in cannot be guaranteed a computer and are strongly encouraged to RSVP.
To RSVP, contact Stephanie Pereira via the email listed below, or phone at 212-937-6580 x247
Free Workshop Schedule:
Every Thursdsay, 4-6PM
(2009-10 School Year)
October: Animation workshop with artist Abigail Simon Students will work with Scratch and the Adobe CS to learn how to create basic animations from home computers, and how to design, develop and transform characters. **UPDATE: Abigail has generously offered to lead workshops for not one Thursday, but for the first THREE Thursdays in October! Not to be missed. November: Video Game design workshop with game designer Mark Essen
Students will learn the basics of video game design using Game Maker, a free or low cost program that students can access from home. **UPDATE: Mark will be offering video game design support for all three Thursdays in November!
December: Electronic Sound using Pd (aka Pure Data) with Hans Christoph-Steiner
Students will learn the basics of using Pure Data (Pd), a digital program anyone can use to design live sound environments. There will be a related workshop on Saturday Dec 5, for all ages and this drop-in day will be the perfect primer for that workshop. January: Digital Image Manipulation with Eyebeam Intern Patrick Davison
Talking to someone on the internet? Want to seem cool? Want to photoshop their head onto that of a celebrity? Well – the digital savvy know how to do that, but the REALLY digital savvy know that Photoshop’s not the only way. The world of digital image manipulation is too often seen as a one-horse race, but it doesn’t have to be that way. GIMP is the premiere, super-fantastic FREE SOFTWARE tool for photo retouching, digital image creation, and cover-for-the-CD-me-and-my-friends-made-in-my-basement making. Come get an introduction to both at once, learning the strengths and weaknesses of both as you make your Facebook photos look better, and your friends be more jealous of your skillz. With a “z.”
February: NES Game Hacking with NO CARRIER (Don Miller) and Nullsleep (Jeremiah Johnson), both of 8bitpeoples collective.
Don Miller and Jeremiah Johnson, of chip-tunes music and visual fame will lead a workshop on understanding and manipulating the visual and sound environments of NES games. Students will learn how to alter and create full-screen graphic art, and to compose music from samples used within NES game emulators.
March: Make your own WordPress website with Eyebeam Intern Georg Pedersen
Graphic artist and designer Georg Pedersen will introduce the versatile and free blogging platform, WordPress to students. Students will learn what makes a good website in terms of content, visual layout, and functionality, and then get to create their own webiste over the course of the month.
April: Moving Image Design with Eyebeam Fellow Aaron Meyers Designer and programmer Aaron Meyers will introduce students to Processing, a free open source tool to code interactive moving images. Students will learn the basics of writing code using a visual approach; focusing on interactivity, drawing, and motion while checking out examples of other artwork created with Processing. Download April’s Drop-in Flier
May: Electronic Music Production with Eyebeam Resident Jace Clayton
Musician and writer Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) will introduce students to electronic music production and sound design using a variety of open source and inexpensive audio software. Students will learn the basics of sampling, synthesis, beat programming, and FX processing as they develop a composition of their own. Download May’s Drop-in Flier June: DIY Multi-User Network Mania with Eyebeam collaborator Dan Walmsley, and Gabriella Coleman
Were there online social networks before the web? How did gamers create huge multi-player worlds before the age of 3D graphics? Software developer Dan Walmsley and geek culture anthropologist Gabriella Coleman will explore online cultures and social networks through the groundbreaking programs of the modern Internet. Students will learn about the fascinating world of Multi-User Dungeons, IRC, Usenet and the cultures that formed around them, some of which still thrive today.