• 3D Modeling and Animation
     1st/2nd Periods
    Room D-107/D-118
    Instructor: Ms. Hirsch 

    TEKS: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter126/ch126c.html#126.43

    In this course, students will learn:

    • Basic drawing skills based around the Dynamic Sketching/Construction method of drawing
    • Character design
    • Paper and Clay sculpture
    • 3D modeling and animation techniques using Blender
    • Formatting 3D models for printing
    • Basic Photoshop

    PLEASE NOTE: This course satisfies the FINE ARTS credit required for graduation.  Be aware that this course does not satisfy the ART FOUNDATIONS credit that will allow you to take Level 2 art classes.  In order to take level two classes like Photography, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Digital Art and Animation, the student will have to complete ART FOUNDATIONS.

    Class fee: $60 per year ($30 per semester)

    This fee goes towards purchasing supplies which will be used in this class.  These supplies include, but are not limited to: paper, pens, 3D printer filament, polymer clay, paints, glaze, silicone for moulds, and equipment.

    All fees are listed in the Alvin ISD High School Course Guide:


    1st 9 Weeks: Drawing

    • Basics (9 weeks)
    • 3D Forms (1 week)

    2nd 9 Weeks: Drawing/Character Design/Sculpture

    • Plants
    • Arachnids/Insects
    • Animals
    • Character Design
    • Character Clay Model

    3rd 9 Weeks: Intro to Blender

    • Basic Modeling: Create a Treasure Chest
    • Basic Materials: Render your Treasure Chest
    • Donut Project

    4th 9 Weeks: Blender

    • Basic Chibi Character from Reference
    • Original Character from Reference
    • Low Poly Camaro Project
    • Basic Animation Project

    Grading Policies

    Students will receive Daily/Participation grades and Project/Test grades.  Daily/Participation grades cannot be made up for credit. Project/Test grades can be made up for partial credit according to the following guidelines:

    • Incomplete grades will earn a grade of ZERO until all points on the PROJECT/TEST RUBRIC have been satisfied.
    • Late work up to 1 week late: maximum grade is 80  (This is not a guaranteed grade.  This is only the maximum possible grade at this point.)
    • Late work up to 2 weeks late: maximum grade is 70  (This is not a guaranteed grade.  This is only the maximum possible grade at this point.)
    • Late work up to the end of the next 3rd week check OR the end of the semester, whichever comes first: maximum grade is 50.  (This is not a guaranteed grade.  This is only the maximum possible grade at this point.)

    All assignments will be graded according to how much effort went into the assignment.  EFFORT and COMPLETION are not synonymous. I am not awarding completion grades for incomplete work.  All grades will be given according to the EFFORT rubric for either daily grade or project grade: 



    This grade cannot be made up because it is related to participation in class:

    If any of these steps are not done, it is an automatic zero until the requirements have been satisfied:

    - Proper handling of materials/technology

    - Putting up artwork in the designated spot/Saving work to school drive and Google drive/flash drive

    - Cleaning up work area before the end of class

    - Computers will not be used for video games, watching videos, or shopping

    - Cell phone put away for entire class unless teacher has given permission to use phone for assignment

    - Attempting and Completing every step of the assignment

    - Initial design/research for assignment (thumbnails/sketchbook/looking up artists/new techniques, collecting references, etc)

    - Attention to detail

    - Time spent on assignment/Time Management

    Extra time may be given for the completion of assignments AT THE TEACHER’S DISCRETION.  
    No extra credit work will be given.  Work cannot be completed at home.  Students must complete assignments in the classroom for credit.

    Work will be uploaded to www.sketchfab.com and www.youtube.com, and all digital work will be graded through Google Classroom.

    Cell phones are not allowed in class unless the teacher has given permission to use phones for an assignment.  Computers in the lab must be used appropriately and not for video games, watching videos, or shopping. Any suspicion of using VPNs (virtual private networks) in order to play video games, watch videos, or shop on the computers will result in a disciplinary write up.

    All graphic assignments should be turned in through Google Classroom as JPG files unless otherwise stated.  
    * All 3D files to be printed must be emailed to me in STL form through Google Classroom.
    * All 2D files to be printed must be emailed to me in PDF form and must have a minimum resolution of 300 ppi through Google Classroom.
    * Turning in someone else's work as your own is considered cheating.  If this occurs, a grade of ZERO will be placed in the grade book for both the student who cheated AND the student who provided the work and will not change until the student turns in his/her own work.  Points will still be taken off for late work.
    We will be working primarily in a program called Blender.  This program is completely free and if students would like to download this program at home, this is fine, but classswork must be completed in class for a grade.  If I see no work being completed in class, I will not give credit for the project until mastery is demonstrated IN THE CLASSROOM.
    It is never expected that students download this software at home or bring their own computers to class.  Students have computers in class and they have enough classtime to complete assignments.