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Introduction to Scenic Art

Short Study for Adults

Introduction

This practical two day course will introduce you to the materials, tools and techniques a scenic artist employs in painting sets for stage.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in reproducing authentic looking surfaces for stage.

You will work on the scaling-up, drawing, texturing and painting of a ‘corner of a room’, complete with, distressed plaster, peeling wallpaper, chequered floor, wood panelling and rusty pipes.

You will have the opportunity to try:

  • drawing up from scale
  • interpretation of a design
  • layering of a painting: base, textures, work up washes and detailing.
  • faux finishes
  • trompe l’oeil
  • ageing of surfaces

Introduction

This practical two day course will introduce you to the materials, tools and techniques a scenic artist employs in painting sets for stage.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in reproducing authentic looking surfaces for stage.

You will work on the scaling-up, drawing, texturing and painting of a ‘corner of a room’, complete with, distressed plaster, peeling wallpaper, chequered floor, wood panelling and rusty pipes.

You will have the opportunity to try:

  • drawing up from scale
  • interpretation of a design
  • layering of a painting: base, textures, work up washes and detailing.
  • faux finishes
  • trompe l’oeil
  • ageing of surfaces

Course outline

You will be taken through the production process from concept and model box to realisation of a stage design.

You will be introduced to stencils, stamps, pounces, floggers, lining sticks, textured rollers and other scenic art tools designed to increase your range of skills when painting sets for theatre.

The aim of the course is to give you the tools and skills to be able to approach a number of scenic challenges and to better your practice as a scenic artist. You will also explore the art of storytelling through paint and the ability to communicate directly with an audience. As collaboration is key to a scenic artist the work will be done in small groups.

All of the exercises introduced in the course can be taken away and scaled up, or down, for use on your own future projects scenic art projects.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Entry requirements

This is an open access course with no specific entry requirements. Students are not required to have additional practical skills at this level.

Preparing for your course

Students are required to wear safety boots to take part in this course. If you do not have your own pair you can borrow a pair from Lifelong Learning for the duration of the course. Please contact Lifelong Learning directly to request a pair of safety boots.

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Offers

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To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

Gary Fry

Gary trained as a fine artist at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where he gained a BFA (Hons) in 1989. From here he moved to Fife and started working at the Buckhaven Theatre where stage management was his initial introduction to theatre.

The 1991 King’s Theatre Pantomime, in Edinburgh, with Stanley Baxter, was the start of his career as a scenic artist. From here Gary moved to London where he worked at the National Theatre, in and around the West End and painted for Opera North and Glyndebourne Opera. During this period he travelled to Dubai to paint a party for a Sheik. In 1993 he travelled back to Scotland to take up a scenic artist post at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh and while there additionally painted for the Traverse and Playhouse Theatres. Looking for a new challenge, Gary travelled to Hong Kong in 1996 where he lived and worked for twelve years. He Initially worked freelance in Hong Kong and China before becoming the full time Scenic Artist/Lecturer in Applied Arts at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He remained there for seven years before moving to Walt Disney Imagineering where he became a Field Art Director for the new Hong Kong Disneyland. He field art directed Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Jungle River Cruise, amongst other attractions,

In 2008 he left Disney and worked as an art director on the twelve room boutique hotel, Hullet House, in the former Marine Police Headquarters, Hong Kong.

Gary has exhibited stereographic photography at the Prague Quadrennial 1999, as well as photography and printmaking in group and one man shows in Hong Kong.