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Art maker class

In this week’s art maker class with Natalina, we started with a bit of qi gong, then had a conversation in french about objects around us in our home and garden. We then switched to Arduino programming and learned how to make a servo motor move. She assembled the hardware, reviewed the servo code and updated it to try different speeds for the motor. She keeps getting more fluent in both French and Arduino — two languages she wasn’t very comfortable with before. I think these weekly lessons are helping, and I am really happy with her progress.


We also discussed our next steps for Violet’s Journey, the fairy tale video that we are creating with her art ducks — which we have turned into poetic robots. We reviewed our options for the backgrounds that the ducks will glide in front of, and decided to start by printing one of our photo backgrounds onto a large vinyl banner, then shooting some test scenes against that backdrop, to see if this type of physical compositing with printed scenes will work. We also talked about the need for ’skirts’ to cover the robot bases, and looked at different ways to give Violet rainbow-colored feathers, using illuminated fiber optic strands that just came in from China.


Here’s our Arduino Guide for these classes:


View more photos of Violet’s Journey and the Wonderbots experiment:


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Taken on February 9, 2016