Objective:
Apply knowledge of tools and techniques in Maya to create a 3D model of a character using reference images.

Method:
We will work through the process of creating a character model of a simple penguin in class. We will learn to import images to use for reference in our project. We will use numerous tools in Maya to create our model.

Turn In:
When finished with your penguin, use the snipping tool to capture multiple images from different angles with your edges visible on the mesh. I want to see your edge flow. Post the images to your blog.

Objective:
work on becoming more familiar and comfortable with modeling tools in Maya

Method:
Follow the below tutorials to master the proper steps in modeling a basic humanoid character.The videos are in an older version of Maya, but most of the tools are the same. In video 3 you will use the bridge tool instead of the append tool to join the fingers to the rest of the hand.

PART 01:

PART 02:

PART 03:

PART 04:

Turn In:
Post daily progress snips to your blog as you work through the videos. Make sure to write brief descriptions for each post that contains which steps, techniques, and tools that you utilized that day.

Objective:
Develop a solid understanding of the core features available in Maya and learn its UI and how to navigate within the three-dimensional space.

Method:
Use the “Getting Started with Maya” Unit of this online tutorial to discern the maya UI and gain an understanding of how to navigate the space, create projects, and perform functions using some of Maya’s core tools. Do not work onto the Basic Modeling unit.

Turn In:
Use the snipping tool to captures images of you working along with the video. Explain what you have learned while following along with the tutorial.

Objective:
Gain a working understanding of the After Effects User Interface and the art of Motion Graphics.

Method:
Work through the provided course on www.pluarlsight.com to learn the basic fundamentals of After Effects CC.

Turn In:
Post screen snips at least every other day to your blog as you progress through the course. Give a summary of work completed since last blog post.

Objective:
Identify and discuss important people and events that played a role in the development of animation.

Method:
Introduction through teacher led discussion, view multiple shorts that have impacted the industry throughout history.

Turn In:
Choose either a noted animator or character from the world of animation and create a 3-5 slide presentation over their impact/importance on the development of the industry. Include information about their life, career, studio affiliations, and overall impact.

Save the presentation in PDF format and post to your blog. These will not be presented in class.

Objective:
Review the elements and principles of design and the 12 Principles of Animation.

Method:
Work through teacher led discussion over the eight elements and eight principles of design and discuss how the impact animation. Identify and act out the 12 principles of animation.

Turn In:
The students will take notes and create a blog post. Define each element and principle, give a graphical representation of each and explain the example you chose.
Create a new post on your blog that contains a definition, video example, and explanation of how the video clip you chose represents each of the 12 principles of animation.

Due by the end of class on Friday, September 07.

Objective:
Identify and discuss the multiple styles of animation and how they impact society.

Method:
Teacher led presentation over the types of animation and how it is used in numerous industries.

Turn In:
Select a career that you are interested in and assemble a presentation showing how animation has effected that industry and how it is currently (or how it could be) used to further the industry. You will have two days in class to research and prepare your presentation. You will present your findings on Friday, August 31.

Objective:
Time management and organization are key to success in any field of study. Discover ways to help master them in order to be successful in this class and in your daily life.

Method:
Work through teacher led discussion over file management and organization. We will discuss the importance of time management and ways to be successful in this class. Students will take notes that can later be used on quiz.

Objective:
Understand the class procedures and expectations.

Method:
We will discuss the course syllabus, get to know each other through the Information Sheet, and get signed up for the necessary class accounts.