Introduction to Animation using the Processing Programming Language

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West Virginia University
WV 26506 WV
United States
West Virginia US
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Processing ( is a programming language that provides a simplified interface to the power of the OpenGL graphics libraries. This tutorial is intended to teach artists with no programming experience how to write programs in Processing that generate short animations. Topics covered include the RGB color model, primitive 2-d geometric shapes, basic transformations (translation, scaling, rotation), and frame generation. Approximately 25 complete sample programs are provided to participants for use as the basis for their own projects. The tutorial can be presented as a 1 or 2 hour lecture or as a 2 to 4 hour mixed lecture / laboratory session with hands-on activities.

The proposed tutorial is based on an Hour of Code presentation by the proposer during Computer Science Education Week (December 2013) to West Virginia University journalism students, faculty, and staff.

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Sumeya Hassan
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