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THETR 151:

Course Schedule

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9/3    TH

In Class:     

Introduction, schedules. The class web site. Grading, syllabus, art supplies, etc.

The final project: Show binder examples.

Home:

Read Robert Edmond Jones handout


REVIEW: THE THEATRE AND THE STAGE

9/8    T Last day to Add/Register (including waitlists)

In Class:     

Types of theatres and characteristics of each: Proscenium, thrust, arena, black box. Sight lines and masking, parts of the stage, stage directions.

Stage Configurations: http://www.ia470.com/primer/theatres.htm

Home:

Bring tape measures and scale rulers to class.


THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN


MEASURING I: INCHES   Visit from Jim Bernhardt or Ben Sigda

9/10    TH     

Due:

Bring architect's scale ruler and tape measure to class.

In Class:

Discuss Jones reading.

Introduction to Measuring: the ruler, tape measure, and fractions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQOBkOJQFwE

Measuring in inches work sheets.

Introduction to the scale ruler.

Home:

Measuring in inches homework #1


9/15    T     Visit from Jim Bernhardt or Ben Sigda

Due:

Measuring homework

In Class:

Go over measuring in inches homework #1.

Measuring and proportion.

Measure things in the studio with tape measures.

Home:

Measuring in inches homework #2

Bring Bristol pads, pencils, ruler to next class.


We will be returning to measuring, in inches and in scale, later in the semester. If you have trouble, there is tutoring support at CLAS: http://www.suffolk.edu/academics/53809.php


DRAWING

9/17     TH

Due:

Bristol pads, pencils, ruler.

Measuring in inches homework #2

In Class:

Four simple drawings.      

Beginning drawing and visual thinking: lines, line weight, looking vs. seeing, gridding a drawing.

The concept of negative space. The concept of scale.

Make a 3/4” grid on paper from the center out.

Begin transferring a gridded drawing in class.

Home:      

Complete the transfer of the gridded drawing from class.

Bring drawing supplies to next class.     


9/22     T

Due:

Drawing Supplies

Gridded drawing.

In Class:      

Negative space, the viewfinder, proportion, drawing basic shapes.

Making a geometric drawing using a viewfinder.

Home:      

One line-drawing “scaled up” from 3/4” to 1" grids onto full sheet of Bristol board.

One negative-space geometric drawings of complex objects using a viewfinder. Use 1/2 sheet of Bristol.

Bring drawing supplies to next class.


9/24     TH

Due:

Drawing Supplies          

One negative-space geometric drawing of a complex object using a viewfinder.

One line-drawing “scaled up” from 3/4” to 1" grids onto Bristol board.

In Class:      

Grey scales in class.  Shadows, darks, locals, lights, highlights, angle of light. Lighted objects.

Home:       

Grey scale w/ thirteen chips in pencil. Follow the "Grey Scale Layout" assignment example on the class web site.

One shaded drawing of two or three basic shapes lit by one light source. (You may need to do a couple practice ones to get a good one!)

Bring scale rulers to next class


MEASURING II: SCALE

9/29     T    Visit from Jim Bernhardt or Ben Sigda.

Due:

Grey scale in pencil.

One shaded drawing

Scale Rulers          

In Class:

Look at shaded drawing homework.

Review measuring in inches and the tape measure:

Scale/proportion, the scaled drawing, reading a scale ruler:

In-class scale project.     

Home:

Review measuring in inches and the tape measure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQOBkOJQFwE

Scale/proportion, the scaled drawing, reading a scale ruler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrbjWgyZlFc     

Measuring in 1” scale homework.

Bring scale rulers to next class


10/1     TH     Visit from Jim Bernhardt or Ben Sigda.

Due:

Scale Rulers

Measuring in 1” scale homework.

In Class:

Questions about scale homework.

Measuring in 1/2” and 1/4” scale

Multiple scale practice

Look at some scaled drawings

Home:

Measuring in multiple scales assignment (handout).

REMINDER: Bring painting supplies to next class.

Watch Scenic Artist Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2FMNNXODr0


COLOR AND PAINTING

10/6     T

Due:

Painting supplies

Measuring in multiple scales assignment

In Class:

Discuss Scenic Artist Video

Basic paint techniques. Watercolor: wet in wet, wet in dry, dry-brush, Opaque: impasto, scumbling. Work in class.

Home:

“Monochromatic” (one color) samples of each paint technique (watercolor and opaque).

Use 1/2 sheet of Bristol board for each. Follow the assignment example on the class web site. Bring painting supplies to next class.


10/8     TH                                     

Due:

Painting supplies

Monochromatic painting technique homework.

In Class:

The Color Lecture: Basic color theory of pigment: Primary/ secondary/ tertiary, complimentary colors, tint/shade/intensity (chroma)/hue. Handout of terms and color wheel.

Home:

Make color wheels of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors using paint. Follow the handout and the assignment example on the class web site.

Bring six “color chips” to next class to match by mixing colors.

Bring painting supplies to class.


10/ 12     Columbus Day—University Closed


10/13    T

Due:

Painting supplies

Color wheels

In Class:

Relativity of color and color contrast.

Mix colors to match color swatches.

Discuss album cover project. Assignment is on the class web site.


Home:

Mix to match three color swatches. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Pick a song for album cover project.


10/15     TH

Due:

Three color swatches with matched chips.

In Class:

Discuss homework

Components of paint

Two-dimensional design and color as story-telling.


COMPOSITION

10/20   T

Due:

Song for album cover project.

In Class:

Elements of classical composition. Handouts.

Play musical examples for album cover project.

Home:

Analyze three paintings or art photographs from the "Morgue of Composition Examples" on the class web site using terms from class as well as clearly written descriptions.

Follow the assignment sheet on the class web site.


10/22   TH

Due:

Composition analysis of three works of art from web site using terms from class.

In Class:

Elements of two-dimensional design.

Discuss examples of composition in abstract art.

Play musical examples for album cover project.

Home:

Create an abstract collage specifically utilizing the elements of design covered so far in class: line, value, color, proportion, and composition on a sheet of 11 x 14 Bristol. Include a typed analysis of your composition identifying specific terms; more terms=better project. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Bring painting supplies to next class.


10/ 27     T  

Due:

Painting supplies.

Your collage and the analysis of its composition.

In Class:

The abstract response: concept and uses. Create painted abstract responses to music.

Home:

Make an "abstract response" album cover for your song on Bristol board cut to 11” x 11”. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Bring scale rulers and tape measures to next class


THE ELEMENTS OF THEATRE DESIGN


DRAFTING AND SCALED PLANS

MEASURING III: PLANS

10/29    TH

In class:

The theatre ground plan, section, and elevation. Examine examples of each basic drawing type in scale.

Basic drafting symbols. (Handout)

Measure a few elements of the Modern Theatre and represent them with basic symbols on the white board.

Home:

Measure your dorm room (or bedroom) and make a “napkin sketch” of it with basic dimensions. Review the example on the class web site.

Watch theatre designer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2K_ugDZ394


11/3    T  Classes Cancelled in order to Vote

Due:

In class:

Home:



11/5     TH

Due:

Napkin sketch of your room.     

Class:

Assign play. Discuss the remainder of the course.

Assign Play

Home:

Convert napkin sketch to scaled ground plan of your room with dimensions. Follow the assignment example on the class web site. Use the drafting symbol handout.

Read Play (Reunion by David Mamet)



11/10   T

SET DESIGN 1

Due:

Play read

Scaled ground plan on graph paper with dimensions and napkin sketch of your room.

In Class:

The Elements of Set Design

Script analysis, research, and the Design Approach Statement.

Discuss final show “binder” project.

Home:

Design Approach Statement and research.

Watch Set Designer Video Beowolf Borrit and Amy Lein:

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXYX5YXjYaA" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXYX5YXjYaA


11/12

SET DESIGN 2

Due:

Rough Design Approach Statement and research

In Class:

Share partial Design Approach Statements and discuss

Shopping List

Talk about research

Discuss Set Design Video

Home:

Finish Design Approach Statement and research.


11/17   T

LIGHTING 1 Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:     

Final Design Approach Statement and research.

In Class:

Controllable qualities of light: color, intensity, angle, texture, movement.

Demonstrate color and texture using lighting instruments.

Home:

Using three COLOR paintings from the Morgue for Composition and Lighting Exercises on the class web site, analyze for the five controllable qualities and the three functions of stage lighting  Follow the assignment example for Lighting Analysis of Paintings on the class web site.

Watch lighting design video—Natasha Katz & Howell Binkley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqMYsjHU5rU


11/19     TH

LIGHTING 2  Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Analysis of pictures of light.        

In Class:

Types of lighting instruments, hanging and focusing, lighting cues and cue sheets.

Home:

Lighting cues for script.

Follow the assignment example on the class web site.



11/24      T  

PROPS

Due:

Lighting cues for script.   

In Class:

Definition of Props and the Prop List

Discuss Beowolf Borrit and Amy Lein video

Review the Final Binder Project Assignment

Home:

Prop list for Play

Watch props video: ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xWMtFtzRC0" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xWMtFtzRC0


11/25-11/27     THANKSGIVING BREAK


12/1    T

COSTUMES 1    Leslie Held Visits via Zoom

Due:

Prop list for Play

Class:

The elements of costume design: given circumstances, research, costume plot/list.

Home:

Read Play

Begin research (in color), given circumstances, and costume list for each character.

Follow assignment on class web site.


12/3    TH  

COSTUMES 2     Leslie Held Visits  Via Zoom

Due:

Beginning research, given circumstances, and costume list for script

In Class:

Questions about homework

The costume shop personnel: who does what. Fittings.

Home:

Watch costume design video—Jane Greenwood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOWOwzGw6C0

Finish research, given circumstances, and costume list for script.

Follow the assignment example on the class web site.


12/8     T

SOUND 1  Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Research, given circumstances, and costume list for script.

In Class:

Sound design, cues, and cue sheets.

Home:

Start plotting sound cues for script

Watch sound designer video; Otts Munderloh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9xN-MUYpq4


12/10    TH

SOUND 2   Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Rough sound cues for script

In Class:

Discuss sound designer video; Otts Munderloh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9xN-MUYpq4

Questions about sound cues.

The theatre sound system

Home:

Finish sound cues for script.

Due:

Sound cues for script.     (You likely will not receive this homework back before the binder is due.)

Compile the Show Binder to present at the final exam. Follow the assignment example on the class

web site and the example binders shown in class.


Final Exam: Wednesday, 12/16, 2:00PM - 04:30PM, Online



Additional American Theatre Wing videos:

Robin Wagner, set design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKZkUXoN58g

Rodger Morgan, theatre consultant: Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imEaWRV3CCM






















Old Schedule Below:



DRAFTING AND SCALED PLANS

MEASURING III: PLANS

10/29    TH   Student visits class?

In class:

The theatre ground plan, section, and elevation. Examine examples of each basic drawing type in scale.

Basic drafting symbols. (Handout)

Measure a few elements of the Modern Theatre and represent them with basic symbols on the white board.

Home:

Measure your dorm room (or bedroom) and make a “napkin sketch” of it with basic dimensions. Review the example on the class web site.

Watch theatre designer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2K_ugDZ394


11/3    T  Class Cancelled to Vote

Due:

Napkin sketch of your room.

In class:

Discuss theatre designer video

Look at a few napkin sketches and show example of dorm room GP on graph paper.

Assign play. Discuss the remainder of the course and final show binder project.

Home:

Convert napkin sketch to scaled ground plan of your room with dimensions. Follow the assignment example on the class web site. Use the drafting symbol handout.


11/5     TH

Due:

Napkin sketch of your room.  

Scaled ground plan on graph paper with dimensions and napkin sketch of your room.

Class:

Discuss theatre designer video

Look at a few napkin sketches and show example of dorm room GP on graph paper.

Assign play. Discuss the remainder of the course and final show binder project.

Critique homework.

Assign Play

Home:

Read Play

Convert napkin sketch to scaled ground plan of your room with dimensions. Follow the assignment example on the class web site. Use the drafting symbol handout.


11/10   T

SET DESIGN 1

Due:

Play read

Scaled ground plan on graph paper with dimensions and napkin sketch of your room.

In Class:

Present/Critique homework.

The Elements of Set Design

Script analysis, research, and the Design Approach Statement.

Home:

Design Approach Statement and research.

Read second Robert Edmond Jones handout and review first handout.


11/12

SET DESIGN 2

Due:

Rough Design Approach Statement and research

Robert Edmond Jones handout

In Class:

Share partial Design Approach Statements and discuss

Talk about research

Discuss Robert Edmond Jones handout

Home:

Revise Design Approach Statement and research.

Watch Set Designer Video Beowolf Borrit and Amy Lein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXYX5YXjYaA


11/17   T

COSTUMES 1    Leslie Held Visits via Zoom

Due:

Design Approach Statement

Class:

Discuss Beowolf Borrit and Amy Lein video

The elements of costume design: given circumstances, research, costume plot/list.

Home:

Read Play

Begin research (in color), given circumstances, and costume list for each character.

Follow assignment on class web site.

Watch costume design video—Jane Greenwood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOWOwzGw6C0


11/19     TH

COSTUMES 2         Leslie Held Visits  Via Zoom

Due:

Beginning research, given circumstances, and costume list for script

In Class:

Discuss Jane Greenwood video

Questions about homework

The costume shop personnel: who does what. Fittings.

Home:

Finish research, given circumstances, and costume list for script.

Follow the assignment example on the class web site.


11/24      T  

PROPS     

In Class:

Definition of Props and the Prop List

Review the Final Binder Project Assignment

Home:

Prop list for Play

Watch props video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xWMtFtzRC0


11/25-11/27     THANKSGIVING BREAK


12/1    T    

LIGHTING 1 Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:     

Prop list for script

In Class:

Discuss props video

Controllable qualities of light: color, intensity, angle, texture, movement.

Demonstrate color and texture using lighting instruments.

Home:

Analyze and discuss three pictures of light from the class web site in terms of 5 controllables and 3 objectives. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Watch lighting design video—Natasha Katz & Howell Binkley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqMYsjHU5rU


12/3    TH  

LIGHTING 2  Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Analysis of pictures of light.       

In Class:

Discuss Natasha Katz & Howell Binkley video

Types of lighting instruments, hanging and focusing, lighting cues and cue sheets.

Home:

Lighting cues for script.

Follow the assignment example on the class web site.


12/8     T

SOUND 1  Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Rough lighting cues for script.

In Class:

Sound design, cues, and cue sheets.

Home:

Start plotting sound cues for script

Watch sound designer video; Otts Munderloh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9xN-MUYpq4


12/10    TH

SOUND 2   Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Rough sound cues for script

In Class:

Questions about sound cues.

The theatre sound system

Home:

Finish sound cues for script.

Read Jones ch. III

Due:

Sound cues for script.     (You likely will not receive this homework back before the binder is due.)

Compile the Show Binder to present at the final exam. Follow the assignment example on the class

web site and the example binders shown in class.


Final Exam: Wednesday, 12/16, 2:00PM - 04:30PM, Modern Theatre