Students will study the basic principles and techniques of costume design and construction for theatre production.
Students work individually and collaboratively to examine the process of costume design, creating visual responses to text, music, and movement. Weekly assignments include script analysis, costume research, sketching, and costume construction. We discuss selected productions and look at how live performance, film, and video differ. Students may have the opportunity to design a small-scale production. A field trip to an outside performance is anticipated.
1. Primary function of Costume - A brief history
2. The Principles and elements of design
• The Basic Concept: Process; Research;
• Preliminary drawings; Renderings
Methods of Instruction:
Classroom discussion /lecture followed by hands-on demonstration/usage of current subject matter.
Recommended for all theatre majors: Barbara Anderson, Costume Design, CBS College Publishing, NYNY
Recommended Reading: Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Tarcher/Putnam, NYNY
Materials: Mat board, water color paper (100% rag), tracing paper, medium markers, colored pencils, # 2 lead pencils, small water color set (Pelican), 3 water color brushes 1/2? wide, gesso, scissors, cardboard portfolio
Exemplary Educational Objectives
To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts.
To understand those works as expressions of individual & human values within an historical/social context.
To respond critically to works in the arts.
To engage creative process & understand the physical & intellectual demands required of the artist.
To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts.
To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the arts.
To demonstrate knowledge of the infuluence of the arts or interculteral experiences.
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