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Roundtables, informational sessions, conferences, classes, workshops– you name it. We’re compiling a list of current goings-on that will help you develop your career as a Scenic Artist.

Mike Meyer: Hand Lettering & Lettering Effects Workshop

From BetterLetters Co.:

This four-day workshop with the globe-trotting Mike Meyer is a crash course in the essentials of sign painting, with fun, lettering and laughs throughout. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners, and those with previous experience, with Mike providing one-to-one input throughout.

The first part of the workshop is focussed on setting out and painting Gothic (Block), Casual and Script letter forms through a hands-on process of practise, personal critique and expert guidance. It all starts with a pencil, drawing and developing an understanding of the basic letter forms. These then form the basis for building your brush skills, with input on paint, brushes and other specialist equipment used to paint letters.

With the basics under control, the final two days allow you to develop a range of techniques to add a little something extra to your painted letters. Mike will guide you through a variety of lettering effects, including: basic shadows; outlines; bevels; convex and concave lettering; masks; cut and roll fades. The aim is to accelerate your ability to create more distinctive lettering for all sorts of purposes.

Find a more detailed illustrated breakdown of the syllabus on this blog post, and keep in touch with updates via the dedicated Facebook event.

The workshop fee of $795 includes all equipment, and a copy of Mike’s folding alphabets sheet which is only available to workshop participants. You just need to turn up in clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in paint!

Bookings are subject to the usual terms.

Thanks to Red Rider Studios for hosting this workshop.

ScenicG Summer Workshops

Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance: Backstage Theatre Arts Workshops in Small Groups

Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, in Stratford, Ontario, is offering the series Backstage Theatre Arts Workshops in Small Groups. They are covering many different topics that can expand the skills of a Scenic Artist.
Classes located: Desmond Heeley Studio, Factory163, 163 King Street, Stratford Ontario N5A 4S2
Registration at stratfordoffthewall.com or info@stratfordoffthewall.com

Scenic Art Course/Workshop Weeks (Intro & advanced)
Introductory Aug 13-17 Mon-Fri 9 am -5 pm
Advanced Aug 20-24th Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
(Target enrollment 8-12 students)

Theatrical Sculpture Course/Workshop Week
July 9-13th Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Target enrollment 6 students)

Theatrical Carpentry Course/Workshop Week
July 16-20th Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Target enrollment 6 students)

Mask Making Course/Workshop Week
July 30-Aug 3 Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Target enrollment 8 students)

Prop Making Course/Workshop Week
Aug 6-10 Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Target enrollment 8 students)

Setting the Scene Course/Workshop Week
Aug 13-17 & 20-24 Mon-Fri 9 am -5 pm
(Target enrollment 20 students)

Studio and Forum of Scenic Arts

The Studio and Forum of Scenic Arts is a three-year vocational school located in the beautiful Hudson Valley in Newburgh, New York. The Studio is dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to work as a professional Scenic Artist in the entertainment industry. The school was founded by Joseph Forbes, who is the owner of Scenic Art Studios, which shares the studio space with the school. Scenic Art Studios provides backdrops for theatre, working on many of the shows which go to Broadway.  

DAP Studio: Two Week Course in Scenic Painting

DAP Studio has been painting scenery for the UK stage for the last twenty five years. We are a small independent studio on the edge of London, UK. In 2009 we started a two week course in Scenic Painting and Scenic Art in the summer. At the same time we launched the Scenic Painters website to showcase the courses. The course has grown in popularity and we now offer a program of short courses through the year.

This year’s two week course starts on the 28th August. We will look at basic scenic decoration aging and distressing, scenic finishes such as marble, woodgraining, brickwork and some metals. We will also paint a small backdrop. It’s an introduction to Scenic Painting, a class of four with only one place left available.