3D Animation Summer Camp 2024 Online - ages 10-18

3D Animation Summer Camp 2024 Online - ages 10-18

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  • Weekly Sessions, Monday thru Friday
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm PST
  • 1.5 hours a day of 3D animation instruction
  • Classes are online via Discord
  • Recommended for ages 10-18
  • Beginners welcome
  • Multiple teachers available to accommodate advanced students 

    Learn 3D Animation using Blender, the most popular Open Source 3D app available today.

    Our curriculum covers Modeling, Texturing, Animation, and other CG fundamentals. Students gain a strong introduction to Video Game Design, 3D Printing, Architecture, Virtual Reality, and of course how AI fits into the workflow!



    No prior experience is necessary. Summer camps are intended for ages 10-18. Beginners can start any week. New exercises are created for each session, so students enrolling in a 2nd week won't be bored by repeat lessons. 

    Each student will get a free 30 minute consultation before their session begins, to make sure they are set up and ready to go! After registration, keep an eye out for an email from Head Instructor  Otto Lai –click for bio

    Questions? Contact Otto directly at otto@fxdojo.com


    Minimal setup and requirements

    After registration, students will receive clear email instructions on how to prepare for the first day of class. It may take up to 15 minutes to download and install necessary software, so please plan accordingly.

    What you need:

    • Computer, PC or Mac (unfortunately iPads and other tablets won't work for this class)
    • 3-button mouse is highly recommended (but touchpad will work)
    • Reliable Internet connection
    • Blender 4.1 (free download)
    • Discord (free download)

    Multiple teachers on rotation keep things fresh

    Before quarantine, we worked as a team, and online is no different. At least one instructor acts as a teaching assistant while the main lecturer guides the class. Keeping students engaged is even more crucial online, and providing custom feedback without interrupting the entire class is possible with team teaching. Most questions and comments are addressed through the Discord text chat, however microphones may also be used. Students will remain visually anonymous as video will not be shared by anyone except the teacher.

    Promoting social awareness and online etiquette

    At FX Dojo, we strongly encourage students to express themselves whenever possible, cultivating a culture of exchanging ideas and constructive criticism. The Discord text chat supports emojis, gifs, and videos keeping the discussions fun. Our teachers are constantly monitoring and making sure comments are appropriate.

    Use this camp as a JUMPSTART

    There are so many Blender tutorials on the internet! But it’s much easier to take advantage of them with a strong foundation. Students will be able to speed through YouTube videos in fast forward after just the first class. Recognizing interfaces and understanding layouts helps you become a self-sufficient digital artist.

    Incorporate AI as a tool for creativity

    The onset of AI has challenged artists across the world to quickly incorporate this powerful new workflow. Blender has already formed several symbiotic relationships with open source procedural tools. Young minds will benefit from early exposure to producing AI generated art with the most popular and accessible (free) content creation tools available today!

    Build confidence and Problem Solving Skills

    Computer Generated Art is about more than just clicking buttons, it’s about how to overcome barriers. Once students can conquer basic digital problems, facing an intermediate one isn’t so scary. FX Dojo prepares artists by dropping them in the middle of 3D art projects of varying difficulty.

    Blender is the 3D powerhouse that is disrupting the CG landscape with reliable and innovative tools for… yes, you guessed it — FREE! Initially serving a European user base, Blender is now the preferred tool of professional artists worldwide. Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist at Pixar publicly praised Blender as a tool worth learning and Sean Kennedy, an Oscar-award-winning Compositor on “Life of Pi”, claims Blender is the only 3D application he needs.

    Virtual Learning promotes a healthy digital lifestyle

    Exercising creativity during Online Summer Camp shows students that remote learning can be fun and effective. FX Dojo is committed to adapting and evolving Digital Art Education with state-of-the-art technology. Please join us for these innovative online experiences!

    IMPORTANT – if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Otto directly at otto@fxdojo.com