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THETR 151:

Class Schedule

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9/6    TH

In Class:     

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

The final project: Show binder examples.

Home: Read Jones Intro and ch. 1&2


REVIEW: THE THEATRE AND THE STAGE

9/11    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. Discuss Jones reading.

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 and/or CLAS?

9/13    TH     

Due:

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

In Class:      

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

Measuring in inches work sheets.

Introduce the scale ruler.

Home:

Measuring in inches homework #1


9/17    T     Visit from Jim Bernhardt?

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. Tutoring support at CLAS: http://www.suffolk.edu/academics/53809.php


DRAWING

9/20     TH

Due:

Bristol pads, pencils, ruler.

Measuring in inches homework #2

In Class:      

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.

Begin transferring a gridded drawing in class.

Home:      

Complete the gridded drawing from class.

Bring drawing supplies to next class.     


9/25     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.


9/27     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

10/2     T    Visit from Jim Bernhardt.  Class moves to another location: Sawyer 321

Due:

Grey scale in pencil.

One shaded drawings

Scale Rulers          

In Class:

Look at shaded drawing homework.

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

In-class scale project.     

Home:      

Measuring in 1” scale  homework.

Bring scale rulers to next class


10/4     TH     Class back in Studio

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.


COLOR AND PAINTING

10/9     T

Due:

Painting supplies

Measuring in multiple scales assignment

In Class:

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 Bristol board for each. Follow the assignment example on the class web site. Bring painting supplies to next class.

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


10/11     TH                                       Fall Showcase Opens

Due:

Painting supplies

Monochromatic painting technique homework.

In Class:

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.


10/16     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.


10/18     TH

Due:

Three color swatches with matched chips.

In Class:

Discuss homework

Components of paint

Two dimensional design and color as story telling.


COMPOSITION

10/23   T

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 on the class web site.


10/25   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 your 11 x 14 Bristol. Include a typed analysis of your composition identifying specific terms. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Bring painting supplies to next class.


10/30      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

11/1    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 Studio 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.

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


11/6     T

Due:

Napkin sketch of your room.

In class:

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. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Read Jones ch. V


DESIGN APPROACH STATEMENT


COSTUMES   Loss of Breath Tech Week

11/8     TH

Due:

Scaled ground plan and napkin sketch of your room.

Class:

The design approach statement.

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

Home:

Read Play

Begin Design Approach Statement

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


11/13   T  

Due:

Beginning research, given circumstances, and costume list for script

In Class:

Questions about homework

The costume shop: who does what. Fittings.

Home:

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

Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Read Jones ch. VI     


LIGHTING

11/15   TH                                           Loss of Breath Opens

Due:     Steve McIntosh Visits

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

In Class:

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


11/20   T     Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Analysis of pictures of light.       

Last day to submit Production Analysis Papers!

In Class:

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

Home:

Lighting cues for script.

Write design approach statement. Follow the assignment example on the class web site.

Read Jones ch. VII


11/22 TH     THANKSGIVING BREAK


SOUND

11/27     T       Steve McIntosh Visits

Due:

Design Approach Statement

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


11/29     TH    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


PROPS

12/4    T  

Due:

Sound cues for script     

In Class:

Definition of Props

The Prop List

Home:

Prop list for Play

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


12/6    T  

Due:

Prop list for Play      

In Class:

Lighting: Color , white balance, and the nature of light.


Compile the Show Binder for the final exam. Follow the assignment example on the class web site and the example binder shown in class.


Final Exam: WEDNESDAY, 12/12/18


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




Important Dates


Monday, September 3rd          Labor Day Holiday-University Closed

Wednesday, September 5th          Day classes begin

Tuesday, September 11th          Last day to Add/Register (including waitlists)

Tuesday, September 25th          Last day to drop without a grade of “W”

Monday, October 8th               October Break Day- University Closed

Friday, November 2nd           Last day to drop a Fall Course w/o a grade of “F”                              

Monday, October 22 -

Friday, November 2               Advising          

November 5th to 9th                Registration

Monday, November 12th          Veteran's Day Holiday-University Closed

November 21st to 23rd          Thanksgiving Break- University Closed

Monday, December 10th          Last day of Fall Classes

December 11th to 18th           Finals and Portfolio week