[Bf-education] short intro to blender

leung, ann [SD] ann.leung at polyu.edu.hk
Wed Dec 30 06:16:47 CET 2015

Thanks Pete and all for sharing your materials. Am currently teaching a Blender workshop series for 14-16 years old Hong Kong students but I only have a very simple website. Pls. feel free to use any of those open resources






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Wish you all Happy New Year

ann leung

From: bf-education-bounces at blender.org <bf-education-bounces at blender.org> on behalf of Peter Kemp <peterejkemp at gmail.com>
Sent: 30 December 2015 01:31
To: bf-education at blender.org
Subject: Re: [Bf-education] short intro to blender

Hi All,

Over at 3Dami.org we have been putting together a 2-3 hour introduction to blender aimed at 11-16+ year olds (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NOQLNcJpay-PKgRJHdkiBRhqqNFz9Z0peX8kcn3N5X0/edit#). The aim is to take students through the basics of:

  1.  Loading Blender and moving and adding objects to make a monkey going to a party

  2.  Resizing objects and making trees

  3.  Rotating objects and making a snowman

  4.  Colouring your snowman in

  5.  Modelling (pick either a or b, or both!)

     *   Modelling a house (simple)

     *   Modelling a rocket (advanced)

  6.  Animating a winter scene

  7.  Making your animation into a film by using rendering

We've tested it with several hundred students in the UK and you can see some of the results here:


All instruction videos use simple English and are aimed to be less than 5 minutes long.

I've also been working on a 30 minute intro, output here:


We're working on a 6 week course. All open source.

All the best

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So I'd be interested in feedback and collaboration on my tutorials. I
have a few up online at
https://youtu.be/ltYU968KtHc?list=PLRjMVdQC-k0451QnOfRhb_PCZ7D48z4nL for
anyone who wants to see.  Let me know what you think.  I'd like to trim
these down to just about 5 minutes, but haven't had time to work on them

When I teach, I generally lead off with the first two topics, then move
into either animation (03) or modelling (04) depending on what activity
the students will do.  If we are doing 3D printing I head to 04.  If we
are doing CGI I do 03.  Right now I am working on a set of videos that
will let the kids do CGI so they can "throw fireballs".  We're tracking
hands and using the particle system to create the "magic fire".


On 12/22/2015 12:06 PM, Alyssa Stevensen wrote:
> I teach Blender to High school students, and I agree with you with the need for bite sized informational pieces.  Our school does not block Youtube, so I can gather the project based ones from there or directly from the Blender site, but oftentimes they are too complex even for the high school students.  I went to school for computer animation, so I can usually get by with the small stuff, but it would be great to have access to chunked lessons that I can have my student's review.
> As for a common "marketplace" for things of this nature, I haven't a clue, but if you happen to get them downloaded somewhere, please let me know.
> Thanks,
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> Howdy,
> I thougth I'd introduce myself.  I've using Blender for a decade and for the past 5 years teaching middle school kids to use Blender.  Is anyone else working with kids and Blender?
> I've created a number of video tutorials and I'm thinking of putting them online to share.  I'm thinking youtube but I'd like to have someplace that we can download from easily so we can put them on local machines.  Most schools seem to block youtube so the download is necessary.  What are people using?
> My feeling is that most existing online tutorials are project oriented and a little too long (> 5 minutes).  The students need bite-sized tasks that have a payoff.  They seem to be pretty good at using different skills to create a final project.  For example, I start them out with a
> 5 minute video on the Blender interface.  Then I have a number of short ones on modeling, animation, tracking, etc.
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