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Blender course in Johannesburg, South Africa


mapjohannesburg.jpgAfter presenting two courses in Cape Town, Allan Liddle (AnyMation on the BlenderArtists forum) will be presenting an "Introduction to Blender" course in Johannesburg, South Africa. This course will cover all the basics of Blender and will enable a person to do modeling, materials and texturing, lighting, rendering, animation and basic compositing. The idea would be to get a person skilled up in Blender to the point where he/she can generate their own animation material, which they can then composite with video footage.

The course starts on 14 April and runs for a week. Its duration is 20 hours and will be run in weekday evenings and one Saturday. The starting time of 19:00 should enable even people from Pretoria to attend. The venue is a new, top class campus in Randburg.

Allan only uses Open Source software and specialises in Blender. He is about to submit his material to apply for Blender Foundation Certified Trainer status, which he hopes to achieve by the time the course is run.

His quality animations can be viewed at DNA Pixels ( You can also download a sample ( of one of his lessons, which he distributes before every lesson, as well as the course curriculum (

If you stay in that vicinity and are interested, make sure you contact him at [email protected] for more info.

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  1. "This course will cover all the basics of Blender and will enable a person to do modeling, materials and texturing, lighting, rendering, animation and basic compositing"

    That's impossible. no one can do all that! :P

  2. Blender in Africa... whoah! That's awesome!

    LOL. Personally I'm relieved Bart's not getting a laugh at our expense... I'll go without the joke. ;-)

  3. Mmm... Oranges...

    I don't know if this is a joke or not.

    Even if they do have electricity there, how many people have a 'Net connection? And out of those, how many know or care about Blender?

  4. @tynach

    even though your observations seem a bit old school...
    "how many people have a 'Net connection?"
    i live in south africa and everyone i know at least has the net on their phone...

    but besides that you answer your own question, because not everyone has internet blender is actually more popular! an 8mb download is very doable even on 56k and because it's free it spreads like wildfire :) so there are a good few of us who know and love blender!

    but yes... our power crisis can be annoying...

  5. There's a couple of really ignorant comments here. Goodness. Looks like some folks still think we live in a country where we have to watch out for Lions and Elephants on the way to work.

    All the best with your course Allan!

    Proudly South African

  6. Yeah, it really is sad when pips think africa is some jungle and have the nerve to utter such comments. really is a pitty.

  7. Surely, if Ubuntu comes form South Africa, there's a lot of good to be expected from there as far as open source goes.

  8. Come on guys don't spoil the fun :P

    I was once mawled by a minx walking home from school.

    Proudly South African indeed!

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