Thomas Jefferson’s 3D Animation class

The Center for Communication Technology  Magnet has many classes to offer, giving students the chance to excel at something other than their basic core classes. 3d Animation being one of these classes, has stood out for a lot of the creative students. It’s given them a challenge, and an opportunity, to display their talent and provide a showcase that will be posted on this website.

Mr. Esparza’s 3d Class consists of:


Behind every 3d animation is a story. The elements of story writing are a fine thread that runs through every animation project. The stages of the Hero’s Journey is used as a writing format for students to write their story. As they learn the steps to good story writing, students are encouraged to blog their story for others to read and critique. From the story, a storyboard is then scripted to help students plan out how they will animate and render their scenes to create their animation project.


Students learn to create their own models based on the skill sets that they have learned from the tutorials. Some tutorials create mini projects that students create and in process learn the skills set needed for the project and similar 3d models that they will need to make.  Most of the tutorials are resources that are gathered from experts who use the software. Other tutorials are created by the teacher.

Project-based assignments

After students learn the necessary skill set of the software, they are then challenge to design and create their own models and animation. Most projects are presented as RFP (Request For Proposal) simulations. Students are given specific criteria requested by their “client” to create a model or animation that will possible be used by the company or non-profit organization. Other criteria is given by the teacher to assess the student content skills. These skills are demonstrated within the project that the student is assigned. All projects are graded on a rubric that is given to all students at the beginning of the project.


Very little skill sets instruction is given to the class as a whole. Occasionally, the teacher will demonstrate a skills set that is common among many students. Most skills sets are taught using the video tutorial or by using procedural steps that have been written down. In most cases, students are shown what the final project will look like when they complete the assignment.

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