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Educators Summit: Integrative 3D-Modeling 101: How Centering a Course on Diversity Made Better Artists

Farley Chery  (Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 22

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Educators

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: No

Audiences are more sophisticated and demanding than ever, both technically and socially. 3D Artist should be comfortable representing diverse groups of people. Yet students are left to their own devices and work within their limited comfort zones, or worse, they don't learn the difference between caricature and stereotype. This session discusses the success of emphasizing diverse character creation with an technically sound approach to 3D modeling. The lecture details the focus on a core trinity which aims to develop team-players who use integrative workflows. These production artists ask for feedback at critical junctures in the design process. leads to higher productivity and flexibility. In the end students learn the core concepts of 3D modeling, grow comfortable making people who don't look like them, learn animatable topology, iterate over their work, all while learning how to become people, who others want on their teams.


Attendees learn how incorporating inclusive practices to their pedagogy. Creative uses of limitations, simulated commercial pressure, and client stories, promote diversity on screen and a diversity of content. Attendees will learn how a diversity first integrative approach lead students to becoming more productive and better artists.

Intended Audience

The audience for this talk are people interested in diversifying the output of the creatives working underneath them and individuals who want simulate studio setting, promoting best practices as a core component of their courses. People outside of Academia may want to see how to be playfully subversive.