Mini Course: Blender

Will this Mini Course blend?

Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. It is also useful for visualizing and rendering 3D scientific data.

Blender's usefulness knows little bounds, come learn how to use it at this course. 

Target audience

This course is suitable for anyone. The second part will require some Python programming.


The teachers will be Julian Katzke (PhD Student) and Mitsuhito Ogiwara (Admin). 

Program (Second edition, March 2021)

The details of the program follow:

Date Time Topic Lecturer
Tuesday, March 23 1PM - 3PM What is Blender, user interface, modeling and transforming geometric shapes... Ogi
Thursday, March 25 12:30PM - 2:30PM Texturing, animation, keyframes, lighting... Julian
Tuesday, March 30 1PM - 3PM Using Blender programmatically with Python Julian

You will find all the material used for the course here.

The course has been recorded: session 1, session 2, session 3.

Program (First edition, February 2019)


The program (subject to small changes) was covred in 4 sessions as follows.

The first two sessions will show the user interface and the last two will show how to use Blender through Python.

The teachers were Luke Alexander Carter, James Schloss (PhD students) and Pavel Puchenkov (RSD).

Date Time Topic Lecturer
Tuesday, February 19 10AM - 12PM Basics 1: user interface, Blender ecosystem, modeling and transforming geometric shapes... Luke
Thursday, February 21 10AM - 12PM Basics 2: texturing, tracking objects, keyframes... Luke
Tuesday, February 26 10AM - 12PM Python interface 1: visualizing volumes Pavel and James
Thursday, February 28 10AM - 12PM Python interface 2: animations Pavel and James

You can find the material and slides used for this Skill Pill here.

More information

  • Location: L4E48, seminar room, Lab 4.
  • What to bring:
  • Zoom link: if you prefer joining remotely, or if B701 exceeds 50% capacity, you can join using this link. Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide much help with the hands-on part via Zoom. 
  • Video Recording: this course might be recorded and uploaded online, only the teacher will be recorded. Contact Jeremie Gillet if you have reservations about this.
  • Drinks: There will be free coffee and tea, bring your cup!

If you are interested in the course but cannot participate to this particular event, let us know and we will contact you for any later occurrence of this course.

Thank you very much for your interest.

Have you used it or another similar software before? How confortable are you with it?
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