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ON TEACHING

There is an old adage: "To hear is to forget, to see is to understand, to do is to remember." This sums up my basic approach to teaching. My lectures are typically coupled with demonstrations and opportunities for students to practice what they have been shown. Each project is designed to create evolving competencies, and each builds on its predecessors. The students progress at their own pace, at each step increasing their practical skills and intellectual understanding of the process.

CURRENT CLASSES

SCENE DESIGN

This beginning scenic design class is geared to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. The goal is to introduce the student to the basic design processes related to scenic design for the theater, including a working knowledge of the elements and principles of visual design, script analysis, period research, theatre graphics, and the presentation of design ideas or concepts. The student is exposed to a variety of dramatic literature and genres by assigning plays written from different periods and cultures. A brief overview of the history of scenic design and historic and contemporary designers is also explored through oral reports and lectures. Course Syllabus..

ADVANCED SCENE DESIGN

This class is now part of Advanced Theater Design and Production a team-taught seminar composed of advanced Design and Production students working on collaborative projects in their various specializations. The goal of this course is to continue the student's education in scenic design and to identify gaps in the knowledge of the student by providing individual attention to these areas. These areas include but are not limited to: working knowledge of the elements of visual design, script analysis, period research, theatre graphics, the presentation of design ideas or concepts, design for children's theater, musicals, opera, ballet, television, film, etc. Portfolios are shown the first week of class and a schedule of projects are developed to help strengthen weaknesses. Course Syllabus..

MODEL MAKING:

This class is now part of Advanced Theater Design and Production a team-taught seminar composed of advanced Design and Production students working on collaborative projects in their various specializations. In this class we explore the elements of theatrical space in scene design including the three dimensional form, texture, line, shape, and the effect of light in this space. Students are introduced to model making tools equipment and techniques specific to theater with projects designed to increase proficiency in these areas. through project work. Students construct a variety of models used in theater and the entertainment industry. Students learn that model making should not simply be thought of as a product but as an integral part of the design process. Course Syllabus..

PROPERTIES STUDIO

This is a team taught course between our Technical Director, Bob Holcombe, and me. This is a studio course designed to introduce the student to the basic materials, techniques, and creative processes used in the design and construction of stage properties by providing a variety of projects in props research; mask making; puppetry; armor and weaponry; furniture repair, construction, and upholstery.This couse may be repeated several times allowing the students to challenge themselvs with advanced prjects. Course Syllabus..

SCENE PAINTING STUDIO

This course is taught as an introductory studio class in scenic art. Students learn the basics of paint, painting tools, techniques and processes. The instructor demonstrates a variety of different techniques from which basic scene painting projects are developed to help the student to deconstruct different painting styles and techniques in order to reproduce these effects on stage. This class may be repeated several times allowing the student to continually challenge themselves with increasingly advanced projects including, faux finishing, dye painting, translucencies, scrim painting, metal reflection, damask wall paper and a mock union painting exam. Course Syllabus. .

PERIOD STYLE FOR THEATER

This is a team taught class between our Costume Designer, Kathryn Wagner, and me. The class is actually a two-semester survey and exploration of the fashion, architecture, furniture, and decoration of the major historical periods influencing modern western culture with the purpose of instilling a basic understanding of style and to provide a reference for contemporary theatrical presentation. Students will research given design motifs and important terms acquainting them with the language of historical style. Course Syllabus. .

PRODUCTION DESIGN SEMINAR:

This is a studio class team taught by all members of the Production Design faculty. The course serves as a meeting time for all production design students to practice with various media in drawing and rendering as well as engaging in problem solving and collaboration exercises. The students use this course as an opportunity to work on class projects under the supervision of their faculty advisors. Course Syllabus..


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