Ott Planetarium Production Workshops

Learn to make your own planetarium shows with Blender, a free, open-source 3D software. Our Blender-Based Production Workshops offer an intensive, hands-on learning experience.

Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation
With Blender (2013)

Learn the Blender basics with this free online course! (Includes rendering techniques for Planetaria and Science on a Sphere.)

Online Video Lessons:

Support and Discussion Forum:

Download Video Lesson Files (Optional):

Course videos are offered under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).

Future Offerings

Advanced Topics Workshop

Next date and time to be determined.

Contact: AmyJo Proctor (

What if I'm not a planetarium person?

No problem! In fact, the vast majority of Blender users are "flat screeners." Most of the skills we teach are the same either way. The only major difference is our specialized camera and scene composition. We'll start the intro class with the "stock" camera and introduce the fisheye camera rig a bit later.

Ongoing Support

Connect with the growing community of Blender users through a variety of wikis, forums, and discussion groups. We set up the "Blendertarium" forum to facilitate ongoing community support for planetarians who use Blender.



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