February 14, 2014
Student Designs on Display
: (Front, left to right) models by Maggie Allen-Young and Kity Southall, (behind) research board by Levi Plumb. Photo by Mark Bocek.
: (Left to right) Jeremiah Holt model, Leisa Brent model, Sarah Constable paint/texture boards. Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Keegan Wreden's model backed by models built by (left) Silas James and Jeremiah Holt (right). Photo by Mark Bocek.
: (Front, left and right) Emma Manlove's model and Lauren Williams' (behind) Hannah Larson, paint/texture boards and sketch. Photo by Mark Bocek.
Performance Production Theater Graphics class designs are on display in the MCC: the models impress.
Stage designers need tools to sell a client on a design, and when the sale is made, they need to be able to move into production. Creating attractive and effective renderings and models are the top tools available. Teaching the skills needed to accomplish this is why Cornish’s performance production department offers “Theater Graphics” to incoming freshmen. For the next week or so, student work from the fall-term class will be on display on the second floor of the Cornish Main Campus Center (MCC). Performance production students from all disciplines are required to take the class, not just set designers, so it is incredible how uniformly good the work is.
Students in the class have done some explorations that will impress, gluing and painting any number of beans, flakes and powders on their boards as a first step to producing the textures their models need at the right scale. The success can be seen in the finished models, for example, the “moss” on the arts-and-crafts style park fireplace by Maggie Allen-Young.
This fall’s Theater Graphics class was taught by professor Roberta Russell. The projects represented in the display case are the result of a “multi-part design project” that mimics a “path similar to the theatrical scenic design process.” In it, students were given the responsibility to design a stove or fireplace as it might appear on stage. Deliverable was a painted model that was the end result of primary research into period and style to “design to color, texture, scale sample work, to drafting, and finally, to model construction and finished paint.”
The technical name of the class is “PP 111 Theater Graphics I,” which is taught in the fall, and it is followed by “PP 112 Theater Graphics II,” which is currently being taught. According to the performance production department, “The year-long introductory course for all performance production majors … introduces the tools and techniques of graphical communication for theatrical design, including drafting (hand as well as an introduction to CAD), rendering and model making techniques, research for the designer and technician and basic vocabulary.”
The spring Theater Graphics class currently being taught builds on the work displayed from the fall, instructing freshman designers in the techniques of creating watercolor renderings. Roberta Russell says the work will focus on a character from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the Queen of the Night.
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