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Blender Basics Classroom Book, 5th Edition Online


Jim Chronister shared the 5th edition of his legendary 'Blender Basics Classroom Book'.

After a much needed update, the Blender Basics Classroom Book, 5th edition, is now online and available for use. As always, the book is completely free for any non-commercial use and is already being used by several schools and individuals. Feel free to print what you need or use online. Since the 1st edition published back in 2004, the book has grown with the program. This current edition is 266 pages in length and has a few new added chapters that include Cycles, 3D printing, motion tracking, expanded activities, educational standards (a must for teachers), reflective writings, and more. I am continuing to add videos to accompany the book as well. I thought about doing away with the "RoboDude" tips throughout the book, but was advised against it by some users, so RoboDude earned this edition's cover :-)

The book and link to the videos can be found at the Central Dauphin School District website.

About the Author

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Jim Chronister

I have been a technology education teacher since 1989 and National Board certified since 2009. We began using Blender in our design labs in 2003, when Blender was young with very little teaching documentation out there. This prompted me to write a basic tutorial booklet for my classroom in a sequence that made sense. After posting it online for the Blender community, interest in the Blender Basics Classroom Book has kept me going with updates.


  1. Thank you Jim. Perfect timing. I am teaching a summer class in blender at my school in a couple of weeks and I have been using your books as a resource. It is a great gift to the blender community. Thank you for keeping it updated.

  2. Thanks for the comments! My original plan was to have this edition out almost a year ago, but life got in the way :-) Let's hope the changes aren't too drastic when 2.8 is released.

    • What about making translations? When I think about making translating using Wikibooks, bad news for such idea come - Wikibooks now not allow non-commercial limitations (such as CC BY-NC-SA).

      Any ideas where we can organize translating teams for your book translating?

      P.S.: Why you still use CC BY-NC-SA, and not allow use you book under CC BY-SA, Jim?

      • The non-commercial has just been in there for quite a few years now. Someone once rebranded Blender, selling it as their own software, and advertising that they also include their own user's manual, which turned out to be my book. I'm all for people using it any way they wish, but I don't approve of using it to scam for a profit.

        As people contact me about translating it, I'm happy to give them what they need and link to it. Haven't had any takers for this edition yet.

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