Baton Rouge Blender Classes/Workshops
Cajun Clickers Computer Club

Dec 12, 2009 - 3:30-6:00pm - Blender Open Activity Workshop
Jan 2, 2009 - User Interface Introduction/Basic Mesh Modeling
Jan 9, 2009 - User Interface/Modeling Techniques
Jan 16, 2009 - Materials/Textures/Lighting
Jan 23, 2009 - Animation and Rigging Basics
Jan 30, 2009 - Intro to Physics - Particles, Cloth, Softbodies, Fluids

(sorry that this has gotten way out of date - if you're not a regular attendee please email me - teldredge at you're already - so I can put you on the update list, many of the classes/labs are somewhat impromptu these days, a day or two in advance when everyone finds they have the time and lets me know they'd like to have a class or lab)

Hello and thanks for your interest in learning and using Blender: the open-source, cross-platform 3d content creation suite.

My name is Thomas Eldredge and I've been using Blender for several years. I am very interested in Blender as a tool for art, business, industry, and especially - education. I see Blender as a wonderful tool to inspire and empower young people and teach them the basics of math, programming, and science in a fun and compelling learning environment. In the future I would like to expand into teaching a full range of media-production techniques utilizing open-source software. For now the focus will be on using Blender for modeling, texuring, rigging, animation, rendering, and compositing.

These classes are available thanks to the Cajun Clickers Computer Club. The Cajun Clickers allow non-members to attend and evaluate ONE workshop for free before joining the club. Membership in the club is $45 per family per year (this includes free admission to all Classes/Workshops offered by the Cajun Clickers). This Blender series is taught in the Cajun Clickers Windows lab (map) which has 15 well equipped student workstations running Vista, an instructor station with overhead projector, and internet access. If you prefer to bring your own laptop you certainly may do so.

Prospective students should have a basic familiarity with computers, mouse/keyboard interface, and basic file system operations (copy/paste/move files). Blender hardware requirements are very low, but for home use a Pentium 4 with 1Gig of Ram and 10+Megs HD space is recommended for basic use. An OpenGL graphics card is recommeded. More advanced production may require additional hardware requirements for comfortable use. It is also recomended that you download a copy of Blender 2.49b and install it on your local machine and play around with it a little bit. Tutorials are available all over the web and any amount of independent learning is always a positive.

Registration through the Cajun Clickers website is recomended. If you have trouble, please email Thomas Eldredge (teldredge at funkboxing dot com) or use this contact form. This will help me know how many people to expect and there are a limited number of PC's in the workshop room.

The workshop series will cover:
1 - User Interface Introduction/Basic Mesh Modeling
2 - User Interface/Modeling Techniques
3 - Materials/Textures/Lighting
4 - Animation and Rigging Basics
5 -
Intro to Physics - Particles, Cloth, Softbodies, Fluids

These classes will be held in a very informal 'workshop' style. The focus on these classes will be to help students gain a broad, functional knowledge of the Blender program. How a student applies their Blender skills is up to the student. These classes will not specifically focus on developing artistic or graphic design skills.

Students are encouraged to at least download and run Blender before attending the first User Interface class. Though these classes do not have to be taken in sequence, students who have no experience with Blender are strongly encouraged to attend the first two User Interface classes before any others. Classes will generally be 2-3 hours in length. We will begin by discussing fundamental 3d concepts, then move into the actual features in Blender that apply these concepts, then towards the end of class we may do excersises and/or independent projects. In addition to regular classes we will also hold 'Open Activity Workshops' which will be a time for anyone to come in and work on their own projects, get help, and discuss special topics. Eventually we will host 'Group Production Workshops' in which experienced users will work together on a project.

If you are in the Baton Rouge area and have experience with Blender and are interested in helping out, please contact me directly
(teldredge at funkboxing dot com) or use this contact form. I would be very happy to hear from you. If you are interested in providing material support please contact me and/or the Cajun Clickers Computer Club to discuss this. If you are a wiz with web design, or are just a computer genius and want to help out however you can - please contact me, I could always use some help with one thing or another.

This class is a work-in-progress and will probably be changing rapidly. Blender is also in a very fast development cycle and will be releasing 2.5 in the near future. This class will initially focus on 2.49, but as 2.5 is released we will probably begin teaching it in favor of 2.49. There should not be too much trouble in transitioning from 2.49 to 2.5, but it's something students should be aware. Keep and eye on Blender developments at Blender Nation.

Downloads for Class (right-click, save-as)
FILES for Animation/Rigging Class

Dec 5, 2009 - 4:00-6:00pm - Basic Animation and Rigging
Nov 28, 2009 - 4:00-6:00pm - Materials/Textures/Lighting
Nov 21, 2009 - 4:00-6:00pm - Intro to 3D Modeling
Nov 14, 2009 - 6:00-8:00pm - Blender User Interface
Oct 19, 2009 - 6:00-8:00pm - Blender Introduction Lecture