Jim Chronister, author of the acclaimed classroom tutorial book 'Blender Basics', is preparing a series of Blender trainings at the Central Dauphin School in Harrisburg, PA.
Jim Chronister wrote:
There will be some introductory Blender 3D design classes offered through the Central Dauphin School district located in suburban Harrisburg, PA this summer. The CD Summer â€œAcademyâ€ is designed for teachers within the district to fulfill in-service requirements, but administration has graciously allowed me to open these classes to individuals outside the district. These classes are intended for technology, art, math, science, etc. teachers (or anyone else with an interest in applying 3D design). For those unfamiliar with Blender, it is a freeware, open-source developed software package used for 3D design, rendering, animation and 3D game creation with real-time animation. The program is similar to Maya, Lightwave and 3D Studio. We use Blender in the drafting and design lab with our 3D technical drawing and architectural applications. Blender is also used in the communications lab.
Classes run from 8:00-3:30 with two 15-minute breaks and 1 hour for lunch on your own. The district is providing 6 hours of Act 48 professional continuing education credits for teacher requiring the hours per day. Classes cost $50 [U.S.] per day. There are 3 different classes that can be taken individually, but build upon the previous one. The classes will reference the Blender Basics classroom book (since I wrote it), but will provide for some flexible, personal activities.
All classes will be held at:
Central Dauphin High School
437 Piketown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Room 906 (Drafting Lab)
Class dates and descriptions:
3D Design and Animation with Blender (Level 1)
This day will focus on the basics such as the Blender interface, creating meshes, basic editing, lights and cameras, working with materials and textures, world settings, rendering and animation basics.
Class Dates: June 25, 2007; August 13, 2007
Advanced Modeling and Animation with Blender (Level 2)
This day will focus on some more advanced modeling and animation techniques such as working with IPO curves, armature basics, vertex animation, applying modifiers, particles, child-parent relationships and video sequencing. (Prerequisite of level one or equiv. experience)
Class Dates: June 26, 2007; August 14, 2007
Blender Physics and Real-Time Animation (Level 3)
This day will focus on Blender's physics engine. We will look at fluid, cloth, wind effects and the real-time capabilities of the game engine using forces and logic blocks. (Prerequisite of level one or equiv. experience)
Class Dates: June 27, 2007; August 15, 2007
To register, contact Mrs. Pat Spiegel at the Central Dauphin School District Administration office:
Email: pspiegel [at]cdschools.org
Phone: (717)545-4703 Ext.204
Central Dauphin School District
600 Rutherford Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Questions about the class, please contact me:
Email: jchronister [at]cdschools.org
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