P.S. “Utter beginner” questions are pesky (surely) and take time (and who has the time), but please do take the time because I am super-keen, a skilled artist/animator, and really really really excited about getting my hands dirty.
first do the basic tutorials on this page: http://vvvv.org/tiki-index.php?page=Documentation
then i’d recommend looking at the girlpower folder in your vvvv install. there’S loads of demo patches in there. try to understand how they work, play around, fiddle and learn.
have fun, and don’t get discouraged by the steep learning curve.