THETR 151:

Required Materials



Fundamentals of Theatrical Design by Karen Brewster and Melissa Shafer;  ISBN- 13  978-1581158496

Available at the Suffolk bookstore or at sellers such as You can also check for used textbooks at sites such as and


Students have been using these same supplies for years. I suggest you ask around to see if you can buy them off of your fellow students.

Any of these brands can be substituted with equivalent items. I use Blick because it is a well organized and fully stocked store that is easy to get to on the T

All art supplies are available at Dick Blick, at the corner of Mass Ave and Huntington, (Green Line "E" train to Symphony or Orange line to Mass. Ave.) You may also order them ahead of time on the Blick Web site. Many of these supplies may also be available at the Suffolk Book Store or other art and hobby supply stores such a Michael's and A.C. Moore.

·     Notebook: There's no "practical" text book, you will only have your notes!

·     Tape measure: 12' or longer. Should be marked with feet and inches. (Not available at Blick. Go to a       hardware store or CVS.)

·     A decent pair of scissors

·     Scale ruler: Alvin 12” triangular Architect's scale.

NOTE: Architect's Scale ONLY! It should have 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc. on it. (If it says 10, 20, 30, 40, etc. it's the wrong one . . .)

·     Set of six acrylic paints: Liquitex Basics, six 22ml/ .75oz tubes: Cadmium Yellow, Napthol Crimson, Pthalocyannine Green, Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black, Titanium White.

·     11”x14” Pad of 2-ply vellum/rough/cold press Bristol: Strathmore 300 Series is good.

·     Paint Brush: DaVinci Junior Synthetic, Bright, size 14 (About 1/2” wide.)

·     Drawing Pencil: Staedtler Lumograph or other brand, 6B (Only sold in sets on the web site.)

·     Soft Vinyl Eraser: Sanford Magic Rub

·     Glue stick

·     Dinner plate to mix paints on. Ceramic or glass is best. You could also use disposable plastic plates.

·     16 oz. (minimum—larger is better) jar or plastic container to hold water for painting.

·     At least three white (or very light neutral) "basic shapes". They should be different in size and shape. These could be, for instance, a mug, a bowl, and a cardboard tube (paint white). A white square shape is also needed (such as a box).

·     At least three solid colored basic shapes—fruit, such as an orange and a banana works great for this. A colored geometric shape is also needed.