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THETR 151: Introduction to Design

Course Schedule

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Classes meet T/TH 2:00-3:15

9/9    TH

In Class:     

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

The final project: Show binder examples.

Home:

Get books and supplies

Read R.E Jones handout


REVIEW: THE THEATRE AND THE STAGE

9/14    T Last day to Add/Register (including waitlists)

In Class:

Discuss R.E.Jones text     

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

Home:

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

Read: Theatrical Design Ch. 7 Set Design (pg. 129-134: 30  min.)

Bring tape measures and scale rulers to class.


MEASURING and THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN


MEASURING in INCHES   Visit from Jim Bernhardt and/or Ben Sigda

9/16    TH    

Due:

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

In Class:

Introduction to Measuring: the ruler, tape measure, and fractions.

Measuring in inches work sheets: group

Measuring and proportion.

Measure things in the studio with tape measures.

Home:

Watch Video review (6 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQOBkOJQFwE

Measuring in inches homework #1

Read: Theatrical Design Ch. 5: Design Elements (pg. 88-98: 30 min.)


9/21    T

Due:

Measuring in inches #1 homework

In Class:

Go over measuring in inches homework #1 in class. Group.

The Elements of Design Lecture: Point/Line, Shape, Form/Mass, Value, Color, Texture, Space.

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

9/23     TH

Due:

Bristol pads, pencils, ruler.

Measuring in inches homework #2. Hand in for grading.

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.     


9/28     T       Last Day to Drop 21/FA Without "W" Grade

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.


9/30     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

10/5     T    Visit from Jim Bernhardt

Due:

Grey scale in pencil.

One shaded drawing

Bring scale rulers to class          

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


10/7     TH     Visit from Jim Bernhardt

Due:

Bring scale rulers to class

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


10/ 11     M     October Break Day—University Closed


COLOR AND PAINTING

10/12    T

Due:

Painting supplies

Measuring in multiple scales assignment

Scenic Artist Video watched

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.


10/14    TH                                     

Due:

Painting supplies

Monochromatic painting technique homework.

In Class:

Check-in with painting supplies.

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 painting supplies to class.


10/19    T

Due:

Color wheels

In Class:

Relativity of color and color contrast.

Mix colors to match color swatches in class.

Home:

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


10/21     TH

Due:

Three color swatches with matched chips.

In Class:

Discuss homework

Components of paint

Cut and Paste: Two-dimensional design and color as story-telling project in class.

Home: Read Theatrical Design Chapter 6: Design Principles and Composition (pg. 105-119: 30 min.)


COMPOSITION

10/26   T

Due: Readings

In Class:

Elements of classical composition: Balance, symmetry/asymmetry, proportion, rhythm, variation/contrast, unity/harmony, positive/ negative space. Handouts.

Home:

Analyze three color paintings 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.


THE ELEMENTS OF THEATRE DESIGN


DRAFTING AND SCALED PLANS

MEASURING III: PLANS


10/28   TH

Due:

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

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 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. Review the example on the class web site.

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

Read Theatrical Design Chapter 7: Scenic Design: Communicating Ideas (pg.141-150: 30 min.)


11/1     Advising Begins


11/ 2     T  

Due:

Napkin sketch of your room.     

Class:

Assign play. Discuss the remainder of the course.

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)

Read Scenic Design Ch. 7 Set Design: The Scenic Designer's Process (pg. 135-140: 15 min.) Review pg. 141-150


11/4    TH  

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: structure, mood, environment, action, etc.

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


11/9    T

SET DESIGN 2

Due:

Rough Design Approach Statement and research

In Class:

Share partial Design Approach Statements and discuss

Shopping List/Punch List

Talk about research

Discuss Set Design Video

Home:

Finish Design Approach Statement and research.

Read Theatrical Design Chapter 9: Lighting Design (pg. 187-197: 30 min.)


11/11    TH    Veteran's Day: Classes Cancelled


Registration : 11/15-11/19


11/16    T

LIGHTING 1 Shannon McIntosh Visits

Due:     

Final Design Approach Statement and research.

In Class:

The Elements of Lighting Design:

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

Read Theatrical Design Chapter 9: Lighting Design: Physical Impact of Space on Lighting (pg. 197-217: 80 min.)


11/18     TH

LIGHTING 2  Shannon 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.


11/23   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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xWMtFtzRC0

Read Theatrical Design Chapter 8: Costume Design (pg. 152-164: 25 min.)


11/24-11/26     THANKSGIVING BREAK


11/30     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, etc.

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

Read Theatrical Design Chapter 9: Costume Design: Solving Practical Problems (pg. 165-184: 60 min.)


12/2      TH

COSTUMES 2     Leslie Held Visits

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.

12/7    T

SOUND 1  Shannon McIntosh Visits

Due:

Research, given circumstances, and costume list for script.

In Class:

The Elements of Sound Design: Sounds, cues, Mood, etc. and cue sheets.

Home:

Start plotting sound cues for script

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


12/9    TH  

SOUND 2   Shannon Visits

Due:

Rough sound cues for script

In Class:

Discuss sound designer video; Otts Munderloh

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, 12/15, 2:00PM - 04:30PM


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