while taking cs4342, to be honest i learnt everything about Blender from Youtube to complete my assignments. perhaps the teaching styles didn't match, but i didn't feel that labs were helpful at all.
get Blender here: http://www.blender.org/
so after prowling Youtube for hours to learn from scratch what Blender is and such, I have compiled a list of Youtube tutorials for Blender which i found were succinct and great! i can be impatient so these videos are mostly shorter than 20mins.
first up, cgboorman is awesome to the max! ♥ he has a series of tutorials covering various topics and they are all clear and easy to follow.
check out his channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/cgboorman
Character UV mapping by cgboorman:
Simple Animation by TheMrGoman:
Modelling a human by RivenPhoenix:
Animating paths by ianscott888:
Export animation by Daniel Kreuter:
Blender also has a video editing function which is very easy to use with it's drag and drop function.
and this is how i survived my 3d modelling module assignments. with the power of Youtube! i'm not good at it but at least i could scrape pass i guess. (T▽T)
nice songs always help make modelling less tedious:
she is ♥