Processing Workshop

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Rotating triangles made with Processing
Spheres made with Processing
ASCII video image made with Processing

Scott led a Processing workshop on September 13th, 2008. See Processing Workshop Report for a summary.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

  • 2:00—4:00: Direct instruction
  • 4:00—4:15: Break
  • 4:15—6:30: Open workshop (optional—free time to hang out and work on your projects with the benefit of some one-on-one guidance)

Location[edit | edit source]

San Francisco, in the Mission District.

Cost[edit | edit source]


Curriculum[edit | edit source]

We will cover as many of these items as possible.

Introduction to Processing

  • What is Processing?
  • What can you do with it?
  • Examples/demos


  • Opening the application
  • How to learn more (see examples)
  • Counting pixels (the coordinates system)
  • Basic syntax (how to talk to Processing)
  • Drawing a line
  • Drawing a box
  • Making it bigger
  • Changing the color
  • Variables


  • setup() and draw()
  • Mouse input
  • Translation
  • Rotation
  • Compounding translations (pushMatrix & popMatrix)


  • If statements
  • If/else statements
  • For loops
  • Using loops with translation & rotation


  • Loading fonts
  • Displaying text
  • Measuring width & size

More Advanced Topics

  • Functions
  • Classes and objects
  • Libraries
  • Video input
  • PDF output

What You Need To Do[edit | edit source]

The workshop is full! Contact Scott to be added to the waiting list.

For those who have already RSVPed:

  • Bring a laptop (recommended). Computers will not be provided, but we'll have wireless Internet access and lots of power outlets. Processing works on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, so any kind of computer should work fine.
  • Consider downloading the Processing application and installing it in advance.
  • Let me know if you won't be able to make it, so someone else can have your slot.

Expressions of Interest[edit | edit source]

Add your name to the list here if you're interested in participating, and be sure to review #What You Need To Do above.