Kitchen Render

SketchUp | Seattle


The ability to clearly communicate design ideas to clients is a necessary skill for all interior designers and decorators. Whether you are designing a simple furniture layout or complex custom casework details, the use of 3-D modeling/rendering software makes the communication and presentation of ideas and designs more efficient for the designer and easier for clients to comprehend.

This SketchUp course teaches the basics of 3d modeling, tailored specifically for Kitchen & Bath Design. Over the 7 weeks of this course students will learn both beginner and advanced techniques tailored to aid in the designing and presentation of your designs. The first week will be dedicated to learning the basics of SketchUp tools and commands. You will learn the basics of mouse control and how to maneuver within the modeling space.

The following week will be dedicated to learning SketchUp’s 3D modeling techniques. You will learn shortcuts, different ways to use the basic tools, and learn some 3D modeling techniques that will make 3D modeling much more efficient and timely.

The next 2 weeks will cover using SketchUp to create images for presentations. In these weeks you will learn how to create 2D and 3D plans and elevations, you will learn how to add and create textures, and you will learn how to play around with some of SketchUp’s more advanced built in rendering techniques.

The following 2 weeks will be all about learning Twilight Render’s photo-realistic rendering. This part of the course will teach the difference of rendering materials and SketchUp materials, how to edit Twilight materials, how to choose models from the SketchUp library that will work with Maxwell, and how to adjust the rendering options to produce a quality final render.

The last week will be the presentation of your final projects.


Prior to the first day of class, your instructor will send you instructions on how to download the free SketchUp software for students.


Mondays, 11:00am – 1:00pm / $599
Spring: March 25 – May 13, 2019*
Fall: September 23 – November 4, 2019

*No class April 8, 2019

Week 1

  • Introduction
  • Basic Tools Overview

Week 2

  • Basic Shapes
  • Intro to Rooms
  • Cabinetry

Week 3

  • Cabinetry Details
  • Moulding

Week 4

  • Drawing a Kitchen

Week 5

  • Materials
  • Twilight Rendering

Week 6 – Studio Time

Week 7 – Final Presentations

Heritage students have a natural talent for design but need an education to translate their passion into exceptional design work.