3D Modeling and Animation for Beginners Course - Blender 2.8

Learn 3D modeling and animation with Blender 2.8, the free open source 3D creation suite.

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What you will learn in this course:

In this course you will work through a variety of assignments to give you a project-based introduction to modeling, texturing, and animation in Blender 2.8. This course is designed for beginners and each lesson builds on the skills of the previous lesson. Take a look below to see all the things you will create in this course.

Introduction: Downloading and Installing Blender 2.8

Lesson 1: Blender 2.8 Interface (Free Preview Lessons Below)

Lesson 2: Take the Blender Burger Builder Challenge

Lesson 3: Modeling a Domino

Lesson 4: Modeling a Frying Pan

Lesson 5: Modeling with Curve Objects - Eggs Sunny-Side-Up

Lesson 6: Robotic Arm Modeling and Rigging

Lesson 7: Robotic Arm Animation

Lesson 8: Texturing and Texture Painting a Brick Wall

Lesson 9: Robot Character Animation

Lesson 10: Rendering and Editing Videos and Image Sequences

Your Instructor


What I love about 3D Computer Graphics and Animation is that I get to create stuff that doesn't yet exist in the physical world. Through animation you can show how things move and interact whether its a piece of space hardware for a NASA mission or a cartoon character designed to entertain an audience.It's all such a great adventure of creating something from nothing. I believe this passion to create and bring order to chaos comes from God. We were created in his image and He is after all the ultimate Creator.

My career in computer graphics and animation spans over 25 years creating animations for corporate giants like Lockheed Martin and operating small animation studios such as Brainy Pixel Productions to produce animated films and educational content.

I've been blessed to teach hundreds of students including middle school students, high school students, college students, and professionals how to use Blender 3D and other computer graphics software. I am excited to now bring these lessons to you through this Online Christian Animation School.

Michael Thoenes is one of the most talented instructors we have ever had here at the Alabama Center for the Arts. His students were always excited and engaged, and they graduated with portfolio pieces that they could be proud of. He not only knows the ins and outs of 3D modeling and animation, he also knows how to teach it in a relatable way.

~ Kim Parker, Visual Communications Instructor, Calhoun Community College.

Just wanted to thank you for teaching us an awesome class! Your creativity makes it easy to understand the program, imagine the mechanics, apply the knowledge in creating the 3D animation. It’s been very, very, interesting and fun class! ~ Kathy Lee, Student.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction & Installing Blender 2.8
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is Blender really FREE?
Yes, you are free to download and use Blender for any purpose, including commercially or for education. This freedom is defined by Blender’s GNU General Public License (GPL). Blender is available for download at
Will Blender 2.8 run on my computer?
Since Blender 2.8 is avaialble for free, it's easy to test if it works on your computer. Blender 2.8 is available for: Windows Vista and above, macOS 10.6 and above and Linux. Blender 2.8 requires OpenGL 3.3 to support its advanced real-time rendering cpabailities and some older computers may not be capable of running it. Minimum Hardware requirements for Blender 2.8 32-bit dual core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support 2 GB RAM 1280×768 Display Mouse or trackpad OpenGL 3.3 compatible graphics with 512 MB RAM For the latest ino about recommended and optimal blender hardware requirements please refer to the officla website.

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