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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)

Scenic Painting Intensive: Foam Carving Techniques

The aesthetic beauty of Goodspeed’s productions testifies to the fact that Goodspeed Musicals benefits from some of the most talented scenic painters, artisans, and sculptors in the country. During this six-day intensive program, participants will receive expert instruction from a team of esteemed teaching artists, including current and former Goodspeed staff. Participants will learn about foam carving techniques, types of foam, applications of foam, how to handle foam safely, designing with foam, and the stages of carving foam. This training applies to the use of foam in theatre, television, and film. Participants will also learn to create textured surfaces using a variety of scenic painting techniques.

Registration Application

If you are accepted, your $400 deposit will be deducted from the total registration fee. The deposit will not be refunded for any reason once you have been accepted.

Early Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2017
Early Notification of Acceptance: Nov 20, 2017
Early Application Registration Fee Due by: Nov 28, 2017
Application Deadline: Dec 29, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: Jan 3, 2018
Upon acceptance, the $1,100 balance of the registration fee will be due by: Jan 10, 2018.

If you would like to apply for this program after the deadline, please contact Josh Ritter at jritter@goodspeed.org or at 860.873.8664 x522 to inquire if space is available.

(The registration fee includes housing on the Goodspeed campus.)

Lectures & Practicum

• Foam Carving Techniques
• Handling Foam
• The Stages of Carving
• Design
• Types of Foam
• Applications of Foam
• Creating textured surfaces
• Coating products

About the Faculty

DIANE FARGO has taught at Boston University since 2001. She mentors a Scene Painting Certificate Program at BU, now in its 5th year. Diane has an MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University. She has worked for many reputable designers on productions for such theaters as The Roundabout, Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Ford’s Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Houston Ballet, Alabama Shakespeare, Minnesota Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Circle in the Square. She was Charge Artist for three national tours and provided interior decorative painting renovation of the Skylight Opera Theater. Store and Window Display and Event Decor for such companies as Tiffany and Co., IBM, Exxon Valentino’s, Foxwoods, Bellaggio, Foxwood and Mohegan Sun Casinos. Ms. Fargo has taught Set Design and Drafting at SUNY Albany, Scene Painting at Cobalt Studios, Ramapo College, and Brooklyn College. She has acted as a consultant for Paint Products for Rosco Labs since 1988 and was the Charge Artist at Goodspeed Musicals for 19 years.

JENNY KNOTT – Rosco Labs

JANE SNOW has worked as a painter, sculptor, and carpenter most of her life. She has been a scenic artist in New York for 34 years, at first in non-union studios, and for the past 30 years in union studios as a member of USA Local 829. Jane has charged shows for Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance companies, television, and commercials. Her resume also includes work in major Motion Pictures and at the Metropolitan Opera. One of the most fulfilling jobs Jane has had recently has been as the Director of Education at The Studio and Forum of Scenic Art, a school for scene painting established by Scenic Art Studios owner Joseph Forbes.

CARLA TIEZZI is a graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She discovered an interest in theater painting, and joined the Goodspeed as an apprentice in 1996, under the guidance and instruction of her predecessor, Diane Fargo. In 1998, she began freelance painting and charging for other non-profit theaters, as well as events, film, and trade shows, including projects for Mohegan Sun Casino, Foxwoods Casino, and NBC News. In 2001 she relocated to Los Angeles, where she continued freelancing for 4 years, working on various projects for major TV networks, film, and theme parks such as Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, and Disney’s Buzz Light Year Ride for Disneyland, Disney: Tokyo, and Disney: Hong Kong. Preferring the East Coast and painting for the theater, she returned to the Goodspeed as the Assistant to the Charge and filled the position of the Charge Scenic Artist of Goodspeed in 2008.

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.