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Introduction to Design

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Unit #3: Eurydice - Production Design: Synthesis and Refinement of Process

(18) Tuesday, April 12: Production Design--Research to Concept. Discussion of Eurydice
Transition from Unit #2 to Unit #3. Unit #3 emphasizes total design (costume, scenery, lights) and moves to explore the essence of scenography, or design in action through time and space. The text for this unit challenges realistic interpretations for staging ideas and moves the student into metaphor and abstraction. At the same time, discussion on design theory and the elements and principles of art intensifies.

Assignment Due: Read Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Assignment Due: Read Chapter 3 "Research: Asking Questions--Finding Answers" in What is Scenography? by Pamela Howard (on e-reserve at Colby Libraries)
Highlighted Resource: "Surreal Life: The Plays of Sarah Ruhl"
Highlighted Resource: South Coast Repertory Study Guide for Eurydice
Highlighted Resource: aNoiseWithin Study Guide for Eurydice

(19) Thursday, April 14: Research and Concept Development
Amidst the research, sketching, and incubation of ideas, this class is devoted to a look at some of the world's most innovative scenographers. A range of work is presented and includes a variety of design expressions (production photographs, video, renderings, models). Often this kind of immersion in artistic possibility serves as a catalyst for individual creative process. Image presentation: SL#6-Contemporary Scenography.

Assignment Due: Collect Visual Research (Costume, Scenery, and Light)
Highlighted Resource: Fanning Design Portfolio
Highlighted Resource: Koscielniak Design Portfolio

(20) Tuesday, April 19: Creative Research: Context--Design Lab
Research Boards are due today. These compositions reflect design potential for each scenographer. Use three students as examples for how to move to concrete design steps from these boards. Highlight the potential for metaphor and abstraction and the power evident in use on stage. Remaining class time will be used as a Design Lab.

Assignment Due: Research Board (graded as part of Project #6-Concept Drawings)
Highlighted Resource: The Scenographic Imagination by Darwin Reid Payne (Design Studio and Miller Library)

See the Department of Theater & Dance production of New Works Festival
In Strider Theater (Runnals Building) | April 21-23 at 7:30p
This performance is free admission. First come, first served seating.
House opens a half hour prior to the start time. Reserve tickets online

(21) Thursday, April 21: Concept Development--Design Lab
The class will use this time to work on process elements for Project #6. Given the nature of the design process students will work on different elements and use Room 203, the Design Studio, and the Light Lab/Scenic Modeling Studio.

Assignment Due: Work on Project #6-Concept Drawings
Highlighted Resource: The Society of British Theatre Designers (See 'Gallery' under 'Designers')

(22) Tuesday, April 26: Research and Concept Development: The Role of Light
The role of light becomes increasingly important as the costume and scenic designs become more tangible. Light indeed breathes energy into performance and is far more than simple visibility. The image presentation defines the potential of light and presents a view of how the Light Lab process will work. Image presentation: SL#7: Dramatic Light.

Assignment Due: Project #6-Concept Drawings
Highlighted Resource: Gottlieb Design Portfolio
Highlighted Resource: Polimeni Design Portfolio

***Thursday, April 28 is CLAS (Colby Liberal Arts Symposium)***
All Thursday classes are held on Friday, April 29 and Friday classes are cancelled

(23) Friday, April 29: Formalized Design Solutions--Design Lab
The class will use this time to work on process elements for Project #6. Given the nature of the design process students will work on different elements and use Room 203, the Design Studio, and the Light Lab/Scenic Modeling Studio.

Assignment Due: Work on Project #7-Final Design for Eurydice
Highlighted Resource: Light Fantastic by Max Keller (Design Studio and Miller Library)

(24) Tuesday, May 3: Scenographic Presentation--Design Lab
The class will use this time to work on process elements for Project #7. Given the nature of the design process students will work on different elements and use Room 203, the Design Studio, and the Light Lab/Scenic Modeling Studio.

Assignment Due: Work on Project #7-Final Design for Eurydice
Highlighted Resource: Ambrosone Design Portfolio
Highlighted Resource: Stage Lighting by Richard Pilbrow (Design Studio and Miller Library)

(25) Thursday, May 5: Light Lab Imaging--Design Lab
The production model comes to life in the Light Lab through direction, intensity, distribution, and color of light. A brief image presentation illustrates the upcoming process for designers. The class will use the remaining time to work on process elements for Project #7. Image presentation: SL#8-Light Lab Process.

Assignment Due: Work on Project #7-Final Design for Eurydice ***Concept Model Done***


Final Exam Slot--Final Presentation of Eurydice Thursday, May 12 from 6:00p to 8:00p in Runnals Room 203.

Assignment Due: Project #7-Final Design for Antigone (Includes Process Binder)