Arduino Lantern Workshop

Aug 26, 2019 | Events, Workshops

A 4-day workshop combining art and technology to create beautiful, lasting displays.

Learn how to use Arduino to program an LED display, make a lantern to house your custom light show, and bring your creation to the 17th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival on September 14th!

This 4-day animated lantern workshop is broken down into two sections.

During the first two days, attendees will learn the fundamentals of programming a strip of addressable LED’s in order to create different patterns and movement. These addressable LED’s are controlled by an Arduino Nano microcontroller using the highly popular FastLED display library. They’ll be introduced to a number of different display patterns and programming concepts and by the end of the 2nd day participants should be able to download FastLED based demos from the Internet, modify and then upload them to their Arduino Nano.

The second two days has attendees making their own lanterns in which to display their addressable LED strips. Attendees will be provided with various materials, such as grape vines, bamboo and round reed. Combined with 3 layers of white and French vanilla tissue as a diffuser, these lanterns will provide a unique viewing experience.


Pre-assembled LED kits will be provided to each attendee. Each kit includes an Arduino Nano, a 1 meter strip of WS2812 based addressable LED’s, a USB cable and a USB power bank.

In order to complete this project, you must be available to attend all four sessions: Sept 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th from 5-8pm for a total of 12 hours. This workshop is subsidized by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the BC Arts Council.


1) This workshop assumes that the attendee has a rudimentary understanding of programming languages and is competent with the use of their laptop computer.

2) Please bring a laptop with the Arduino programming software pre-installed. Here’s a link:

3) The CH340 drivers for the Arduino Nano should also be pre-installed. Here’s a link:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the instructor, Andrew Tuline, at

For more info about the facilitator, read this recent article in a local newspaper, and view some videos of his work.

Slocan Hall is fully accessible, with wide doors, no stairs, and accessible washrooms on site.

If cost is a barrier, please email


Click here to register for the workshop.


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