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[update: August 12th 2015: the default download on the Processing page is Processing 3 beta now, for this course we need the stable Processing 2.2.1 though, you can still download it if you scroll down the download page a little ]
[update: August 9th 2015: all videos have subtitles now!]
Are you an artist who's been thinking about integrating coding into your artistic workflow but you've not yet dared to dip your feet into the vast ocean of bits and bytes? Then you've come to the right place! This course will allow you to get a sense of it all and to then decide if you want to go further down that road or not.
Have you been bored to death by traditional programming courses, either in school or online, yet you are still interested in programming because you think this stuff is still kinda important to know and could, maybe, even, actually be fun after all? Well, in that case you've come to the right place as well as I'm going to try to give you a fresh view on programming!
And just to be clear: this introductory course requires NO previous programming knowledge at all. It starts from zero. And there are no stupid questions so ask them in the course forum and I'll address them there.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Here I explain what creative coding is and what you'll learn in this course
Get a visual overview of what creative coding and generative art is about.
|Section 2: Setting Things Up|
Notice: recent changes on processing.org
Download and install Processing on a Mac
Download and install Processing on a Windows PC
Discover the Processing user interface
|Section 3: Starting to draw basic shapes|
Prepare your 'drawing board'
Use the different basic shapes
One additional shape, and greyscales
Explanation regarding the 2nd question of the quiz
|Section 4: It's alive! Getting things moving.|
Improve the setup and act random
Exercise: random size
Exercise: random size (solution)
Create moving laser beams!Preview
Exercise: color explosion!
Exercise: color explosion! (solution)
More fun with lines
Exercise: try if you can do this on your own!
|Section 5: Interactive|
Write your own little drawing program!
Exercise: change the shape of the brush
Enhance your little drawing program by adding mouse events!
Enhance it further by adding keystroke events!
Exercise: change the color of the stroke
|Section 6: Conclusion|
List and description of all the functions and variables seen in the course
Conclusion (coming soon)
Having been involved with IT for 20 years, but with a deep yearning for more art and design in my life, I've discovered creative coding, by chance, a couple of years ago. That was a revelation to me! I had finally found my tool for creating, what I think is, beautiful stuff. I had finally found a way to turn the ideas in my head into something visible on a screen!
I immediately then started a Tumblr with the results (and often the source code) of my coding experiments. Its follower size has steadily increased over time and stands at 13'000+ right now. Recently I have also launched an ello page and it has 2000+ followers, which is not bad for ello standards ;)
Very recently I've also been an online 'creative coding' mentor working for the Australian Monash University.
I hope I can share my passion here and inspire some of you to start creating art by code as well. Also, let's keep in touch after the course! I'm interested in seeing what you'll do with your new knowledge :)