SYLLABUS - SPRING 2007

 

Instructor: Kaoime E. Malloy                                  Office Hours: T - 1–2, TH 11-12

Office: TH 171C                                                         Phone: 2193

TH 110  T TH 9:00 – 10:50 am                                     website: www.uwgb.edu/malloyk

 

TEXTBOOK

Design Basics, sixth edition by David Lauer and Stephen Pentak

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

To introduce the student to the fundamental elements and principals of design and how they apply to the theatre experience of scenery, costume and lighting design.  To create a vocabulary for the discussion, appreciation and evaluation of theatrical design, and to develop an appreciation, understanding and respect for the work and contribution of theatre design and designers to the experience of a theatre production.

 

COURSE CONTENT AND REQURIMENTS

·         Assignments and Projects – A variety of art projects involving drawing, cut/paste, sculpture, collage, painting and other techniques will be used in the exploration of line, shape, form, space, value, color, texture proportion, scale, balance and other fundamental design elements as assigned.   The student will then apply these fundamental concepts in the completion of projects in scene, costume and lighting design.

 

***Attendance at University Mainstage and Studio Productions, The Weidner Center, and Danceworks is STRONGLY encouraged.***

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Elements of Theatre Design is a studio course.  Attendance at every class and studio is necessary and expected for successful completion of the course.  Students are allowed two unexcused absences.  Midterm and final grades will be reduced by one letter grade for each unexcused absence beyond two.  Excused absences are allowed for health, professional or emergency reasons only, at the instructor’s discretion.  The student is responsible for picking up notes or assignments missed due to an excused absence from the instructor.  Work undertaken to make up excused absences will not be permitted to interfere with or delay work in subsequent classes.

 

Students are expected to be in the classroom and ready to begin work promptly at the beginning of each class period.  Tardiness is not acceptable, and will affect your final grade.  Please inform the instructor of any extenuating circumstances that may prevent you from arriving to class on time.

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Art materials will need to be purchased.  See attached list for materials not covered by the course fee.

 

GRADING

Grading design work is extremely difficult, as there is no defined right or wrong in this area of study.  Each student will be graded individually according to their abilities, growth and commitment to the projects and assignments – both in and out of class.

 

Out of class projects, assignments and sketchbooks will be graded on a point scale.  Factors considered in the grading of projects include presentation, assignment objectives and skill level.

 

In class projects are generally graded on a pass/fail basis and grading is based on the level of participation in class as well as the commitment to the assignment.

 

***NO late assignments will be accepted.***  The student will receive an automatic failing grade for any assignment that is not completed by the beginning of class on the date due, unless class was missed due to an excused absence.  Please contact the instructor if there are other extenuating circumstances which prevent the timely completion of assignments.

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
As required by federal law and UW-Green Bay policy, appropriate and reasonable accommodations can be made for students with a documented disability to fulfill essential course requirements.  All information will be kept strictly confidential.  Special arrangements such as tutoring, note taking and special arrangements for test taking are available through the Disability Services Office, 465-2841. These services must be arranged during the first two weeks of class. Contact the instructor and Disability Services Coordinator to formulate alternative arrangements. 

 

 

 

 COURSE OUTLINE

 

Day

Date

Topic

Due/Reading

T

1/16

Introduction

 

Th

1/18

The creative process, overview of the design elements.  Line

Reading: Chapter i

T

1/23

Line

Reading: Chapter 7

Th

1/25

Line

Line Sketchbook due

T

1/30

Shape/Form/Space

Line Project due

Reading: Chapters 8, 10 & 11

Th

2/1

Shape/Form/Space

Shape Sketchbook due

Reading: Chapters 6, 7 and  8

T

2/6

Shape/Form/Space

Reading: Chapters 9, 10 and 11

Th

2/8

Value

Shape Project due

Reading: Chapter 12

T

2/13

Value

Value Sketchbook due

Th

2/15

Color

Value Project due

Reading: Chapter 13

T

2/20

Color

Research Project Due

Th

2/22

Color

Color Sketchbook due

 

T

2/27

Color

 

Th

3/1

Texture

Color Project due

Reading: Chapter 9

T

3/6

Texture

Texture Sketchbook due

Th

3/8

Texture

Texture project due

 

3/10-18

SPRING BREAK

 

T

3/20

Overview of the Principles of Design

Reading: Chapters 2 - 6

Th

3/22

Principles of Design

 

T

3/29

Principles of Design

 

Th

3/27

The Costume Design Process

Reading: Chapter 13

Principles Sketchbook due

T

3/29

Costume Design

 

T

4/3

Costume Design

Research Due

Th

4/5

Costume Design

 

T

4/10

The Set Design Process

Costume Design Project Due

Th

4/12

Set Design

 

T

4/17

Set Design

Research Due

Th

4/19

Set Design

 

T

4/24

Set Design

 

Th

4/26

The lighting Design Process

Set Design Project Due

T

5/1

Lighting Design

 

Th

5/3

Lighting Design

 

 

FINAL EXAM: Tuesday, May 15th, 8 – 10 am

                                    Lighting Design Project due

 

This schedule may be adjusted as need throughout the semester.

 

 

 BASIC MATERIALS LIST

 

(The course fee covers a basic set of acrylic paint, and a basic set of brushes.)

 

Available at: Hobby Lobby, Tradewinds, University Bookstore, and Office Max

 

11” x 14” Pad of drawing paper – preferably Bristol Paper

Pad of sketch paper no smaller than 9” X 12”

*Pad of Tracing paper – 12” X 14” minimum (can be shared)

Pencils (2B, 6B, HB,)

Eraser (Large pink or kneadable)

Pencil sharpener

Paper blending stumps

Ruler - preferably metal (may be shared)

Vine charcoal (three sticks)

White charcoal – one stick

Adhesive (gluestick, Elmer’s glue, masking tape)

Brown paper portfolio to carry projects if desired

*Colored pencils

* Art paper and/or boards for projects as needed

*Paint mixing tray

*Spray fixative or hairspray

*Art bin or box to hold materials

* Palette knife

*Additional material as needed for specific projects

 

 

* to be discussed in class