Category Archives: 2D/3D 2015-16

Quick & Easy 3D Modelling Program

Sketchup is one good, free option, but there are plenty of others. Tinkercad is a decent, free, online program. It’s attached to several custom order sites where you can get your 3D model actually printed!

Their tutorials and easy and provide yet another example of how fun & easy 3D modelling can be!

We’ll move on to the tougher stuff next week, but for now, work through the tutorials at Tinkercad and see what you think.

The Hour of Code (AN35)

This week is Computer Science Education Week, and there’s a huge worldwide activity going on this week called The Hour of Code, where millions of people will learn how fun and easy it can be to learn to write computer code. Whether you’re trying to build or fix your own website, animate your designs, write an app for your phone or tablet, or just see what you can teach computers to do, learning code is really important and fun. You have no idea how much you’re capable of doing right now, until you try.

These skills will help make you part of a growing work force of people who require computer science skills. These skills are becoming more important in almost every area of society, and sadly, there aren’t nearly enough people with those skills to fill important positions. By increasing your skills, you give yourself a far greater chance of landing a good job in the future, and unlock worlds of new possibilities now.

Please Join our class:
If you go to, you could just use our class code: BJZKZP

OR you can try it out at CodeHS:

Hour of Code: (class code 6DFE)

Larger course: (code ABD4)



Animated Story

After you have watched the tutorial videos in folders 1-7, you should have the knowledge to make just about any kind of basic animation. There are a lot of skills that go into a good animated movie, so in this assignment, you’ll use almost all of them.

Your job is to tell a story. Think of this as an animated children’s book. You can use a well-known fairy tale or story, or you can make up your own and be as creative with it as you’d like.

You must include:

  • elements drawn by you
  • different types of tweens (shape and morphing, classic tweens, etc.)
  • symbols in your library (organized into folders as necessary)
  • Your layers NEED to be named and organized
  • imported bitmaps
  • movie clips

You should also take a look at things like:

  • easing (animation that speeds up or slows down)
  • masks
  • Action Script?
  • adding video clips

In order to do all of that AND tell a story, you’ll need your animation to be a lot longer than it has been in the past. This one should be at least, roughly 1 minute (but may be longer.)

If you wish to add sound to your animation (which isn’t necessary, but nice), you can watch this tutorial (or another of your own choosing) (if you do watch this one, don’t worry about the buttons, etc. just consider adding some background music or sound effects)

This is your chance to really dazzle me with your overall skills, so take your time and do a good job. Make sure you have a good story/plan BEFORE you start. Look up new ideas and new techniques. This is your biggest project in the 2D animation part, so make it good!