Introducing Classes

TL;DR ☝️

Recently I wrote an article expressing our vision for Live Events and the opportunities they present for your education. Among the various genres of live events I mentioned that Classes are “so cool” they deserved their own article. This is that article.

With this new learning format, we're trying to create a classroom environment that's available to subscribing Citizen members, excluding Hobby members, (included within your subscription at no extra charge). It's based on 2 key things that are new-ish to CG Cookie:

  • Direct student-to-instructor interaction
  • A group of people learning the same thing at the same time, together.

A Better Way to Learn at CG Cookie: Together.

Up until this point, you've been learning here by picking from a large buffet. 

And no, I'm not talking about Warren.

I mean our buffet of courses...which give you the freedom to learn the way you want. And there’s a lot of good about the buffet! But. It's lacking those 2 key things above (interaction + team spirit). The buffet can be a lonely way to learn, with a high probability of discouragement. 

I’ve been reading it in your comments and questions for years and I know this because it was also my first experience trying to learn computer graphics.

I started with 2 years of self-directed, self-motivated education, in which I only managed to cobble together a hodge-podge understanding of 3D fundamentals. After those 2 years I was ultimately discouraged with my progress and I stopped. I didn’t pick it up again until I went to college to "learn it for real" so I could make it my career. And I believe I succeeded in college for 4 reasons:

  1. My passion to learn
  2. A solid curriculum
  3. Accessible instructor
  4. Group learning

Now let’s consider those things in the context of CGCookie:

  1. Passion to Learn: This is up to you. If you're reading this, chances are you have that passion inside you. To learn anything well, you need to be driven by passion.
  2. Solid Curriculum: This is the buffet (still NOT Warren); CG Cookie courses, exercises, quizzes, etc. All our pre-recorded content. We've spent years building it, we're proud of it, and we've seen many of you develop professional-level skills with it.
  3. Instructor Accessibility: Live Events are all about direct access to instructors. Over the past 4.5 months we've been streaming on a weekly basis and they've been going great!

    Seriously, you haven't joined Live Events yet???

  4. Group Learning: The missing piece of the puzzle. As far as we can tell, most of you learn on your a buffet for one.

This is where Classes provide a better way! They're designed to be a combination of those 4 things. And we believe they will be the best way to maximize your learning experience with CG Cookie.

The Format

Each class is going to be a month long. During that month, all levels of subscribing Citizen members are welcome to participate (remember: this is included in your subscription!). As a group, we will focus on a particular topic or skill that’s based on existing Cookie content like courses or exercises. 

There will be a Live Event each week where questions will be answered and clarification given, if a course uses an older version of Blender we can discuss and demonstrate the differences during the stream (which solves a big problem with pre-recorded videos), and also do additional demos to expand on the curriculum. 

And finally...there will be blood homework each week that can be submitted to a Class community thread, which serves as the Class homepage.

What does participation look like for Citizen members?

  • RSVP and attend the Live Events
  • Watch the pre-recorded courses
  • And generally be active in the Class community thread
    • Asking questions
    • Answer questions
    • Submit homework

First Class in January!

Our first Class is taking place in January 2018: Getting Started with 3D Modeling and Blender. It’s for Blender beginners interested in modeling.

Check out the Class community thread which shows the outline for the class, including pre-recorded courses to watch and homework assignments. You can ask questions along the way, of course. As the instructor of the class, I will be monitoring this thread everyday throughout the month to offer feedback, advice, and spiritual guidance. Namaste.

All the Live Events for the class are already scheduled, with the corresponding course ID: BC1-1801. That's a pretty slick sci-fi ID, right? 🤓

In getting these Classes started, everything’s a bit of an experiment - "BETA" if you will. We’ll see how well the community thread holds up as the Class homepage. I have been so excited to get the ball rolling with Classes that I opted to use what’s available now. But if these go well and Classes prove to be a better way to learn at CG Cookie, then perhaps we can develop a dedicated Class system on the site.

So that's Classes! Remember to check out the Blender class in January. Start the New Year off with a bang.

  • Nuha Mahdi

    I'm pretty excited about the classes and can't wait to participate!!

  • sorta

    Yes, this is exactly what I need!

  • sharvaanime

    Can't wait for this! very interested and excited!

  • Lluís Donat

    Cool! A good way to keep going with no fustration and, for sure, growing comunity. Good work!

  • Anne CH Postma

    Good reason to become a true Citizen on the 1st of January!

  • Grady Pruitt

    I look forward to seeing these courses in action! Almost like the old workshops :D Also looking forward to what classes come after the first one :D

  • crew
    Kent Trammell

    gradyp You're right; workshops were definitely an inspiration for classes! I'm excited to introduce some of the benefits of that format to a larger audience.

  • Zsolt Cseh

    Great idea thanks, trying to participate. Although being in Europe so without the live events

  • Robyn Hahn

    Time to put my membership to good use! Looking forward to this first class.... :)

  • Jesse Brack

    This made me resubscribe, I'm looking forward to it :).

  • emanuel niel parcon

    when we will start its 2018 already when!

  • crew
    Kent Trammell

    nieldarcon The first class (BC1-1801) officially starts today! Live stream at 2pm eastern US time

  • crew
    Kent Trammell

    puppies4life I don't recognize your name from January's class participants..the next one is scheduled for march. Hope to see you then!

  • Keswick Chow

    This is a great idea. I have a big project going on at present and cannot commit any time. Otherwise, this is a great learning opportunity. I wish that the class is successful so that you can join up in a couple of months time.

  • crew
    Kent Trammell

    kchow Thank you! Hopefully see you in one soon :)

  • Mahir Tasin

    when will be the second class?

  • crew
    Kent Trammell

    mmahir07 The second class is this month! Technically it starts on Monday, March 6th with the first Live Event happening on Tuesday, March 7th. Check out the class homepage thread for all the info:

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