In October the Jam Jar Collective ran a series of electronics workshops at the fabulous Action Factory Arts space in Blackburn, as part of their ‘Art Bites’ scheme. On the first day we started with a brief introduction to electronics and continued with LED throwie making and also some simple circuits for clip-on lights.

Some of the throwies made during the workshop

Some of the throwies made during the workshop

We were very impressed with the skill of the attendees and by the end of the day we had a box full of throwies and some great LED gooseneck clip lights made by everybody. There was a separate photography workshop class running in the space and the group spent the evening taking some long exposure shots – take a look at their Flickr site here.

Working with the ARDX kits

Working with the ARDX kits

On the second day of workshops we introduced the people at the workshop to some  slightly more advanced circuits with some small kits to try their hand at building. This was a thorough test of their soldering skills and there were signs of progress in just a day’s work. For two more advanced attendees we had some lovely Arduino ARDX kits from the ever-pleasant oomlout people. These kits include templates and step-by-step guides to building increasingly-complex Arduino circuits. We also had fun playing with the Arduino software, experimenting with different code and seeing how it affected the function of the circuitry and electronics.

Our time at Action Factory was thoroughly enjoyable and they have an amazing arts space there. We would highly recommend it to all living in or near to Blackburn for quality community arts and workshops in a wide range of disciplines.