[Bf-education] Fun ways to teach Blender 3D

Roger Wickes rogerwickes at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 11 14:18:14 CET 2009

To teach the 3D window, put a cube on a desk. Give them a cutout frame 
and have them walk around the desk, looking through the frame. Have 
them find the spot that gives them an isometric view of the cube, and then
 find the side front top views. 

For armatures and mesh deform, use a dowel inside a cardboard tube like from a toilet paper 
roll (put some t.p., or cotton inside or tape the tube to the dowel, leaving part of 
the dowel out for them to hold onto. The toilet paper or cotton or tape will hold the tube snug to 
the dowel. Have them use two of these to make a stiff walk action. You've taught 
bones, mesh deform, and FK.

Then have work in pairs with a two-bone set, where the two dowels 
are connected by a paperclip or string (drill small holes thru the dowel ends). 
Put a toilet roll on each, and repeat the walk cycle exercise now with joints.
When they instinctively grab the ends of the dowel for the feet placement (while
one holds the hips), you've just taught IK.

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From: Tom M <letterrip at gmail.com>
To: Blender Educators and Trainers <bf-education at blender.org>
Sent: Wed, November 11, 2009 4:18:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Bf-education] Fun ways to teach Blender 3D

A similar idea might be to take a piece of old clothing and cut the
seams to uv unwrap it.


On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM, Dolf Veenvliet <dolf at macouno.com> wrote:
> Hey guys.
> I wrote a small article about a specific class I gave during my last
> workshop.
> http://www.alienhelpdesk.com/tutorials/teaching_uv_unwrapping
> I also posted about it on
> blenderartists: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=171418
> I was hoping some of you might have similar interesting tasks for your
> students to help teach them 3D concepts and would also like to share.
> Dolf
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