NTI Blender Training

On Monday 4th October colleagues from the CLC and Carr Manor High School attended some Blender training at the NTI Leeds.  For those of you unfamiliar with Blender see blender.org for details of this open source 3D content creation suite and if you remain unconvinced of it’s awesomeness check out Sintel the latest production from the Blender Foundation.

After watching Sintel and marvelling at what the NTI have done to Old Broadcasting House, Nick Cope our instructor for the day created a bulkhead for us in this complex but very rewarding software.  By lunchtime I was sculpting the humanoid object I’d created that morning, by mid afternoon I was animating some objects, in what was probably the easiest animation workshop I’ve ever been in! By the end of the day we were downloading ready made blender objects from the web.  The NTI also gave me the best course handbook I’ve ever received, Tony Mullen’s Mastering Blender

So why Blender and why at the CLC?  first off Blender is open source software meaning our students and partner schools can continue to work on projects at home without recourse to expensive proprietary software.  We also intend to use Blender in some of the BTEC courses we will be co-delivering with Carr Manor High School.  So expect more on how we progress in our use Blender in the future, and if you haven’t tried it yet, do yourself a favour and download a copy.  Now if I can just convince finance of the need for one of those Wacom tablets I used at the NTI……

Screenshot from Sintel

Screenshot from Sintel

Mastering Blender

Mastering Blender - course book

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CLC Manager - North East Leeds CLC
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