Building on the success of our previous Neon Robots classes, this collaborative, project-based workshop will teach students how to heat and bend glass tubing to create Neon elements that will be controlled with an Arduino Micro-controller. The history and methods of Neon tube design and construction will be taught, demonstrated and practiced. We will introduce basic Arduino microcontroller theory, and provide various examples of sculptural interaction, which the student can use directly and as the basis for further exploration.
After the basics are covered, each student will design and execute a light sculpture or design that is responsive to its environment and activated in a variety of manners. With the added length of this workshop, we are excited to expand upon the possibilities of interactive Neon and delve into some unexplored realms!
No previous experience is required. The price of the class covers the cost of one microcontroller kit and one transformer.
This class is being offered as part of our 40-4-40 series, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of UrbanGlass studios and the artists who have perpetuated its growth and success over the years.
Instructor: Joe Upham and Ranjit Bhatnagar
2 Week Intensive | 9 sessions: January 9-20 (skips Monday January 16)
Weekdays, 6:00 - 10:00pm
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UrbanGlass is dedicated to furthering the use of glass as a creative medium, through studios, classes, publications, exhibitions, and events. We offer a comprehensive education program for students at every age and skill level - from children to working artists - in a variety of techniques, including kiln casting, lampworking, mosaics, and stained glass. Over 500 students a year come to study and work with faculty that includes world-renowned artists and designers. UrbanGlass serves as the primary studio of over 200 professional artists and designers.
Founded in 1977 by artists Richard Yelle and Erik Erikson as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States and is now the largest. Previously, those interested in working in glass could only do so at art schools, in factories or by building their own studios, but when UrbanGlass opened its doors, glass as an art medium became widely available.