3D Modeling: an Introduction to Blender

The Basic 3D Modeling workshop is intended for individuals with little or no experience using 3D modeling software. We will be using Blender, an open source software 3D content production suite compatible with all major operating systems. The program can be freely downloaded by participants for use on their own machines. This workshop will familiarize participants with the 3D production environment and interface, basic 3D manipulation and transformation of objects, surface and texture modification, lighting, and scene construction. Participants will have the opportunity to work individually or in groups to create a virtual scene of their choosing based on fictitious or real-world environments, objects, and characters. At the end of the workshop participants will have rendered still images of their scenes for exhibition. Completion of this workshop will give participants the necessary background to begin experimenting with 3D animation.


Brett Caraway earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. His research interests include digital media production, copyright law, peer-to-peer networking, and the economics of new media. Before coming to the University of Texas for graduate school, Brett worked in the local music scene as a studio and live sound engineer and as a recording and professional audio equipment service technician. He currently teaches an introductory digital media course in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at U.T.

Coordination Brett Caraway
ScheduleOctober 19 and 20 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:00 Lunch break from 13:00-14:30. Lunch is not provided.
Location University of Porto Faculty of Fine Arts, room TBA
Cost: $40 US (approximately 30€) To register click here and select “conferences.” Credit card or wire transfer is accepted. If paying by wire transfer, select “prepay” when checking out. You will be contacted with wire instructions. Special instructions: Although the program may have computers available, this cannot be guaranteed. Please be prepared to bring a laptop. For questions about the Experimental Animation or Blender workshops or registration, please contact kegustafson@gmail.com.