Creative Coding: An Introduction to Processing

Color Mapper – A project by Instructor Scott Murray.

Back by popular demand, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts introduces our third Creative Coding workshop, scheduled as part of Gray Area’s educational programming for February 2010.

Creative Coding: An Introduction to Processing is an introductory-level, project-based workshop that explores the creative potential behind Processing, a free and revolutionary programming environment that enables users to create interactive, dynamic, computer-based tools, projects, and art. Over four evenings, participants will explore creative programming in a project-based, collaborative learning environment. Instructor Scott Murray will cover Processing-specific syntax, as well general programming concepts. Creative Coding is intended for absolute beginners. No prior programming experience is necessary, although students with prior programming experience are still welcome to attend.

“Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool.” —

Classes will be held from 6PM – 9PM:
Tuesday — February 23rd
Thursday — February 25th
Tuesday — March 2nd
Thursday — March 4th

- Syntax
- Shapes
- Color
- Motion
- User input
- Variables
- Operators
- Logic & loops
- Random elements
- Images
- Video
- Type
- Functions
- Objects

Other topics will also be explored, according to students’ interests.

Registered students are expected to arrive on time, with Processing installed on a laptop computer. Processing is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X machines. Arrangements can be made for students unable to supply their own computer by contacting Classes are $240 for non-members, and $220 for members.

This workshop has officially sold out! Please email: for the waitlist