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Blender Animation for Kids

Creating your own Minecraft animations
4.7 (21 ratings)
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Created by F Dixon
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 24 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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What Will I Learn?
Navigate Blender easily
Work with rigs
Create fantastic Minecraft animations
Create simple characters
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  • Students should understand the file system (save, open, and locate files on the computer)
  • Be able to use multiple key commands (CTRL + Z)
  • Own a mouse with a scroll wheel

A fun course geared towards kids, ages 8 to 99. Material is introduced in small segments, and reviewed frequently throughout the course.

You will learn:

  • Blender shortcuts
  • Using a rig of Minecraft characters and objects
  • Animation basics
  • Camera control
  • Importing a Minecraft world from a save game
  • Adding sound
  • Basic physics
  • Particles
  • Creating your own character


  • Basic understanding of the file system (opening, saving, and locating files)
  • Enough coordination to use multiple key commands (CTRL + ALT + 0)
  • Read well enough to understand lecture notes following each lesson.
  • Have a mouse with a scroll wheel
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for kids and adults ages 8 and up with an interest in animation and/or Minecraft. This course is meant for beginners. No artistic ability is necessary.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 02:27:22
Introduction and Setup
3 Lectures 04:55


Copyrights and Attributions
Basic Controls, Rigs, and Animation
5 Lectures 28:31

Learn to select, rotate, move, and scale objects.

Basic Controls

Pose the minecraft rig.

The Minecraft Rig

Insert keyframes and work with cameras


Produce a video with the animation.


The default layout and windows management

Basic Blender Layout
Setting the Scene
4 Lectures 31:45

Create background scenery and light the scene

Background and Lighting

Use JMC2obj to import a minecraft world directly from your game.

Import a Minecraft Save Game

Edit the settings to get the minecraft import to display correctly.

Import a Minecraft Save Game Part 2

Insert sound clips, and animate an object using the physics simulation.

Preview 07:39
Intermediate Animation
9 Lectures 55:52

Copy and paste poses from one time frame to another.

Copying and Pasting Poses

Create a more realistic walk cycle (for minecraft) and use the dope sheet editor.

Animation cycles

Use the action editor and the NLA editor to combine and repeat actions

The Action Library

Make a character or object follow a path.


Make a camera follow an object

Object tracking

Add items to the armature.

Adding objects to the armature

Put armor on the rig

Preview 03:58

Change the rigs skin to any available minecraft skin.

Changing skins

Learn the particle system, useful for storms, sparks, enchantment particles, etc.

The Particle System
Creating your Own Character
4 Lectures 26:21

Create a simple minecraft shark shape.

Character Modelling

Add texture to characters

Adding a UV map

Add an armature to your character.

Adding an Armature

More resources to continue learning character modelling.

More character modelling resources
About the Instructor
4.7 Average rating
21 Reviews
168 Students
1 Course
Programmer and Instructor

I have spent over 15 years as a programmer. I have worked as as a computer lab instructor at both the university and elementary school level.

As a lifelong student of technology, I have often been asked to help others learn new skills. During the last few years, I have been more involved in education and want to share the skills I have been teaching with a wider audience.

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