Workshops

Beginning Blender Class

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Events, Presentations, Workshops

Date: 03/16/2013
Where: MidsouthMakers (map)
Time: 11am
Run Time: 2 hours with break for lunch at noon.
Cost: $10 per participant

RSVP on Meetup.com!

Prerequisites:  It is recommended that you bring a computer or laptop with Blender, Gimp and Inkscape installed on your machine. See provide links to acquire the software.

Target Audience: Those with little or no experience with 3D modeling or rendering, or no experience with Blender.

Expectations: This class will provide information and experience to lessen the learning curve for using Blender and give an introduction to the capabilities of Blender. 3D modeling, animation and rendering principles will be covered in the simplest of terms.

Disclaimer: This class will not cover all aspects of every feature or clever use for blender. It will not teach advanced modeling techniques. It will not go into the history of Blender which can be read well in other places on the internet. This class will not give you talent.

Topics:

  • User Interface for V2.65
  • Hot Keys!
  • Object Primitives
  • Mesh and Curve objects
  • Materials and textures
  • Editing objects
  • Lighting and rendering
  • Simple object animation

Links:
http://www.blender.org/ get v2.65
http://www.inkscape.org/ get 0.48.x (whatever version works for you)
http://www.gimp.org/ get 2.8.x (if you have Photoshop and want to use that, it’s ok but just know the example work is using gimp.)

On each website you will find software or links to the software for most every platform the software is available for.
Because time will be tight, having this loaded and running on your machine will be greatly appreciated.

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Artist Trading Card Workshop and Exchange

by on Dec.17, 2012, under Crafts, Events, Projects, Workshops

Kara Ferguson and Jenny Oldenburg will be explaining Artist Trading Cards and their various uses. Participants will learn what works and best practices when creating ATCs. Participants will create their own ATCs to keep or exchange with other participants.

When: January 20th 1pm
Where: MidsouthMakers
What: Artist Trading Card Workshop
Cost: $10 per person Sign up Here
Class size: Limit of 6 people

Provided Materials:

  • 1- pack of 20 Strathmore 300 Series Smooth Bristol ATC paper
  • 1- assorted pack of 12 Strathmore ATC papers
  • access to paintbrushes (nothing fancy–you may opt to bring your own for applying glue or using paints)
  • access to various crafting supplies including decorative paper (and newsprint ads), acrylic paints, pastels, fabric, color pencils, and more.
  • soft sleeves to hold your finished ATCs
What participants should bring:

mandatory
  • a good pair of scissors

optional

  • tweezers (good for working with small bits of paper)
  • If you have a preferred crafting/art medium that you’re already comfortable working in (watercolor, pen&ink, etc) you should consider bringing some of those supplies for your own use
  • found objects to use and share (you want things that are relatively flat like smashed pennies, wire, string, ads, newsprint, labels, lightweight printed cardboard, watch gears, tissue papers, wrapping paper, etc.)

If this first workshop goes well we will set more dates in the future.

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Learn to make stained glass – November 11th

by on Oct.30, 2012, under Events, Workshops

We’ll be creating a ~5×7 stained glass project. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Glass cutter ($5 – ebay, amazon, Hobby Lobby, etc) everything else will be provided.

We will be doing two 4 Person classes to learn how to create stained glass. Sign ups are first come, first serve. If we exceed the sign ups we’ll plan another day to do this event again.

Please sign up for the classes via the following links (You do not need to have a WordPress account to sign up)

The cost for the class is $20 per person. There is a button to pay for the class on the events page in the links below.

11:00 AM Class: http://www.midsouthmakers.org/events/stained-glass-class-1100am/

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CodeMonkeys Meeting – HTML/CSS Challenge

by on Oct.04, 2012, under Events, Meetings, Workshops

Tonight is #CodeMonkeys at 7pm at the space.

The plan for tonight is to build on what we’ve done at the previous meetings with HTML/CSS/JavaScript and take it to another step. There will be 3 difficulty challenges and sample code will be provided.

What to bring: VM running some LAMP configuration. If you have your VM from our Virtualmin install, that will work fine. If you don’t have a VM to run on, I’ll have one running you can use.
Tonight’s Topic: HTML/CSS Challenge + Special surprise challenge

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CodeMonkeys Meeting – Practical HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

by on Sep.20, 2012, under Events, Meetings, Workshops

Tonight’s topic is Practical HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

If you are brand new to HTML/CSS and have NOT worked through the Code Academy Web Fundamentals track, please at least get through the first couple of sections so you won’t be completely lost. You don’t have to finish the entire track, and don’t let a lack of knowledge prevent you from showing up tonight.

When you arrive for the meeting tonight there will be an assignment ready for you. You’ll have until 8:30 PM to complete the assignment and then we’ll discuss the results among the group. You’ll be able to work solo or as a team. I’ll help you through anything you get stuck on but this will mostly be your project.

Since we had a low turnout for GitHub at the last meeting, if anyone would like to go over or work through the GitHub tutorial I can help with that as well.
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