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Thr 372 Design Studio II

THEATRE DESIGN II: Concept and Collaboration – Spring 2014

Theatre 372 - 001
M/W/F: 9:10 – 10:10am
Room: AC/W 16

Instructors:
Roy Hoglund
e-mail: hoglund@uwosh.edu
Office: AC/W 216 - 424-7043
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs: 9:45 – 11:10am, or by appointment

Kathleen Donnelly
e-mail: donnelly@uwosh.edu
Office: AC/W 220 - 424-7127
Office Hours: M/W 11:30am – 12:30pm, Tues: 9:45am – 10:45am, or by appointment

TEXT:

Required:  Rebecca Cunningham: The Magic Garment: Principles of Costume Design 2/e

Recommended: J. Michael Gillette: Theatrical Production and Design, 5/e

PLAYS:

There are three plays required for projects in course:

The Birds, by Aristophanes

Rashomon, by Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim

All of the plays above are included in the Regional Design Project selections for the KCACTF Festival in January 2015. These design projects will be eligible to participate in this event category, January 2015.

 

GOALS:

Based on goals established by the Theatre program, the goals of this course, for the student, are: 1. To have a broad knowledge of the processes of theatrical production; 2.To be able to analyze and communicate a dramatic text to an audience; 3. To make effective use of the research tools available to the theatre artist, critic and historian; 4.To develop a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity.

Theatre is a collaborative creative process requiring a broad knowledge of the human condition to be successful.  The importance of theatre in society is well documented, and understanding the role it plays in society contributes to the development of a well rounded citizen.  Theatre, as with all areas of the Liberal Arts, is most effectively employed when it is built on a broad base of knowledge.

 

OBJECTIVE:

The goals listed above will be achieved through the following objective of this course:  to introduce the theatrical design student to the conceptual and collaborative approach to scenic, costume and lighting design for the stage.  These principles will be demonstrated and tested through projects and presentations. In order to pass this class the student must demonstrate a proficiency in the design of all three areas both in concept and practice.

 

INSTRUCTION:

At the beginning of each project, a lecture/demonstration will take place to familiarize the student with the purpose, demands, and techniques required of a project.  Although at this time no test of this information will be required, it is important to realize that this time will be spent establishing the base of knowledge required to execute the project.

 

MATERIALS:

18” x 24” rough newsprint pad/sketch book

Drawing Pencils: Ebony, or  HB

White gum eraser

Color media: pan watercolor (Pelikan or Grumbacher  ( 24 colors) is recommended)

Brushes: #6 watercolor brush, and 3/4” camel hair watercolor brush.

Watercolor paper, pad 11” x 14” (Avoid pre blocked pad)

Brown portfolio envelope - large enough to hold 18” x 24”

Thumb drive to save files

Notebook and writing implement.

Note:  materials must be brought to each class.

 

PROJECTS:

Five projects are required in the Design Studio II class. The purpose of these projects is to provide the student with advanced knowledge of the process of design, and techniques of communicating design.  Each project is designed to challenge the student in different areas of theatrical design.  Each project will be critiqued on the day it is due by the entire class.  Class participation in the critique process is mandatory.

 

Project 1: Classical Greek:  The Birds by Aristophanes

Due:  3/3/2014

This project is designed to allow two designers to collaborate with each other based on the model used in actual productions.  One student in the team will design scenery and work with another student who will be the costume designer.  As a team, the students will prepare a script analysis and concept statement of their approach to the design. The team can choose a time period other than the one in which the play was written to place the design. The time period should relate to a clear conceptual choice.

Scenery requirements: The student will design the set for this unit set production.  You can select one of the options below to complete the project.

Option A:  Scenic analysis and concept statement, research materials, rough sketches, thumbnails for all scenes, groundplan, and a model with representation of color  (white model with painter elevations, or painted model- both should include wall and floor treatment, furniture, and a figure to scale.)

Option B: Scenic analysis and concept statement, research materials, rough sketches, thumbnails for all scenes, groundplan, elevation, and a painted rendering which includes a figure to scale.

Costume requirements: Design costumes for six characters in the play.  Completion of project includes: Character analysis and concept statement, research materials, line drawings, color boards for all of the characters in the selected scene, choice of fabric and color, in addition to 10”-12” renderings of the six characters listed above with fabric swatches.

 

Project 2: Research Paper on Theatre Designer

Due: 3/21/2014

Choose a significant Broadway Theatre Designer in the twentieth century, and research their life and work. Write a three to four-page paper summarizing the significant design details of their life and work, and include 1-2 pages of visual references as well as a bibliography of source material. The visual images must be indicated by a Figure # and be referenced within the text of the paper.

 

The visual images in the paper should be in a digital format (not Xeroxed – due to quality), and the paper needs to be saved in a .docx format, and deposited in the D2L dropbox by 10pm on March 20th.  Please

remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box.  This file will be shared with the class on D2L. You should also place a copy of the paper in your e-portfolio.

Broadway Designer (con’t) A short presentation (5-8 minutes) will be given in class on the due date. You can create the presentation using Powerpoint and place in the dropbox on D2L by 10pm on March 20th. The presentation should consist of images with minimal text to explain the images in your presentation.  The images can consist of those from your paper, but you can add extra images of the designer’s work in order to enhance the presentation.

NOTE: The paper and presentation are two facets of the same project. The presentation powerpoint should not include all the text in your paper – but provide visual images to explain the designers work as you speak about them.

 

Project 3: Non-Western – Rashomon by Fay and Michael Kanin

Due: 4/4/2014

This project is designed to allow two designers to collaborate with each other based on the model used in actual productions.  One student in the team will design scenery and work with another student who will be the costume designer.  As a team, the students will prepare a script analysis and concept statement of their approach to the design.

Scenery requirements: The student will design the set for one scene in this multi- set show.  You can select one of the options below to complete the project.

Option A:  Scenic analysis, concept statement, research materials, rough sketch, thumbnails for all the scenes, groundplan, and a model with representation of color (white model with painter elevations, or painted model- both should include wall and floor treatment, furniture, and a figure to scale)

Option B: Scenic analysis, concept statement, research materials, rough sketch, thumbnails for all the scenes, groundplan, elevation, painted rendering of one scene, which includes a figure to scale.

In addition to the paperwork for the scenery for the scene chosen, the student will provide a statement on how the other scenery in the show will relate to each other and how transitions will be handled.

Costume requirements: Design costumes for six characters.  Completion of project includes: character analysis, concept statement, research materials, line drawings, color boards for all of the characters in the scene chosen, choice of fabric and color, in addition to 10”-12” renderings of the six characters listed above with fabric swatches.

In addition to the paperwork for the six characters, the student will provide a statement on how the other characters in the play will relate to each other in line and color to provide a sense of the overall stage picture as it relates to costume.

 

Project 4: Musical Theatre- Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim

Due: 4/30/2014

This project is designed to allow two designers to collaborate with each other based on the model used in actual productions. One student in the team will design scenery and work with another student who will be the costume designer.  As a team, the students will prepare a script analysis and concept statement of their approach to the design.

Scenery requirements: Design the scenery for one scene, or a unit set on which this production will play.  Completion of the project includes:

Scenic analysis, concept statement, research materials, rough sketch, thumbnails for all the scenes, groundplan, elevation, painted rendering of one scene, which includes a figure to scale.

In addition to the paperwork for the scenery for the scene chosen, the student will provide a statement on how the other scenery in the show will relate to each other and how transitions will be handled.

Costume requirements: Design costumes for six major characters in the play.  Completion of project includes: Character analysis, concept statement, research materials, line drawings, color boards for all of the characters in the scene chosen, choice of fabric and color, in addition to 10”-12” renderings of the six characters listed above with fabric swatches.

In addition to the paperwork for the six characters, the student will provide a statement on how the other characters in the play will relate to each other in line and color to provide a sense of the overall stage picture as it relates to costume.


Project 5:  Lighting Design II

Due:  5/14/2014

The student will choose a poem or monologue to use as the basis for the lighting design, and then select a piece of music that evokes the mood of the piece that will serve as background music for this project.  Using the Fredric March Theatre, design the lighting for a bare stage with a figure. Completion of the project will include: a lighting demonstration, with a minimum of six cues and a maximum of ten cues, illustrating key moments in the lighting design.  Student will prepare a one-page description of the lighting concept. In addition to the concept statement, the student will submit: a list of cues with a brief description and a color plot.  Project will be graded on creative approach, and clarity of presentation.  Time limit for project is 1-1/2 to 3 minutes.

 

ATTENDANCE:

Consistent attendance in studio is critical to understanding the process and techniques of design. If a student is going to be absent for a lecture, they need to contact the professors in advance of the class. The student is also responsible for getting the material that was covered, and be prepared for the next class. Two unexcused class absences will not affect grade, however unexcused absences in excess of two will lower the final grade in the class.

GRADES:

Grades will be assigned based on clarity of design statement, quality of execution, neatness, and group interaction and collaboration.  Students will also be evaluated on verbal as well as visual skills of communication in critiques.

Each project carries a weight of 20% of the total grade of 100%.

 

New Letter Grade Scale:

A       94 - 100%

A-      90 - 93.9%

B+      87 - 89.9%

B        84 - 86.9%

B-       80 - 83.9%

C+      77 - 79.9%

C        74 - 76.9%

C-       70 - 73.9%

D+      67 - 69.9%

D        64 - 66.9%

D-       60 - 63.9%

F         Below 60

 

SCHEDULE

Day Date Class Content Scenery Costumes Notes
Monday 3-Feb Intro to Class/ Proj #1: The Birds KCACTF project
Wednesday 5-Feb The Birds - Script Analysis/ Research/Concept Scenic Analysis Character Analysis
Friday 7-Feb Designing Scenery for a unit set show.
Tech: Bus Stop
Monday 10-Feb Designing Costumes - Conceptual approach Team Mtg #1 Team Mtg #1
Wednesday 12-Feb The Birds - Research Due Rough Sketches Rough Sketches Opening: Bus Stop
Friday 14-Feb The Birds- Workday Sketches/thumbnails Rough Sketches Performs Wed-Sun
Monday 17-Feb The Birds - Workday Groundplan Line Drawings
Wednesday 19-Feb The Birds - Team Meeting #2 Groundplan/Elevation Line Drawings
Friday 21-Feb Intro to Perspective Drawing Perspective Drawing Perspective Drawing
Monday 24-Feb The Birds - Color Color Palette, Texture Color Boards/ Fabric
Wednesday 26-Feb The Birds - Workday Painter Elevations Renderings
Friday 28-Feb The Birds - Workday
Monday 3-Mar Present Proj #1: The Birds
Wednesday 5-Mar Intro to Proj #2 & #3: Bway Des/Rashomon KCACTF project
Friday 7-Mar Rashomon - Research/Inspiration Team Mtg #1 Team Mtg #1
Tech: Side by Side
Monday 10-Mar Rashomon Rough Sketches Rough Sketches
Wednesday 12-Mar Rashomon 1/8" Groundplan Rough Sketches Performances: Side by
Friday 14-Mar Rashomon/ Team Meeting #2 Groundplan Line Drawings Side - Thurs - Sat
Monday 17-Mar Intro to Rendering on the Computer
Wednesday 19-Mar Rashomon Color Palette/Texture Color Boards
Friday 21-Mar Present Proj #2: Paper on Broadway Designer
Monday 24-Mar SPRING BREAK USITT
Wednesday 26-Mar SPRING BREAK USITT
Friday 28-Mar SPRING BREAK USITT
Monday 31-Mar Rashomon Elev/ Model Workday Color/Fabric
Wednesday 2-Apr Rashomon Workday Workday
Friday 4-Apr Present Proj #3: Rashomon
Day Date Class Content Scenery Costumes Notes
Monday 7-Apr Intro to Proj #4: Sweeney Todd KCACTF Project
Wednesday 9-Apr Designing the Multi Set Show & Musicals Scenic Analysis Character Analysis
Friday 11-Apr Designing for Musicals - Costume
Monday 14-Apr Sweeney Todd / Team Meeting #1 Concept/Research Concept/ Research
Wednesday 16-Apr Sweeney Todd Thumbnails/Rough GP Rough Sketches
Friday 18-Apr Sweeney Todd Groundplan Line Drawings
Tech: Antigone
Monday 21-Apr Sweeney Todd - Team Mtg #2 - Color and Texture Perspective Drawing Color Boards/Fabric
Wednesday 23-Apr Sweeney Todd Renderings Renderings Opening: Antigone
Friday 25-Apr Sweeney Todd Renderings Renderings Peforms: Wed - Sun
Monday 28-Apr Sweeney Todd Renderings Renderings
Wednesday 30-Apr Present Proj #4:  Sweeney Todd
Friday 2-May Intro to Proj #5- Lighting
Monday 5-May Lighting - Poem/Prose selected
Wednesday 7-May Lighting - Choice of music/ Light Plot
Friday 9-May Lighting - Color media choices
Monday 12-May Lighting Workday
Wednesday 14-May Present Proj #5: Lighting Design
Friday 16-May Final Class Meeting Graduation
by Alderson, James M last modified Jan 24, 2014 12:28 PM