TH 120 Principles of Stage Design
TH 430/530 Historic Costume
TH 433/533 Costume Design I
TH 435/535 Prof. Presentation
TH 436/536 Fabric Modification
TH 437/537 Drawing
TH 439/539 Adv. Stage Makeup
TH 635 Costume Design III
TH 639 Costume Design IV
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TH 437/537 Drawing for Stage Designers
Instructor: Donna Meester
Office Hours: T/TH 10:00-11:00 or by appointment
Office: Rowand-Johnson 235
Course Description: This is a studio course for drawing the human figure in a variety of stage settings and period garments. Exploration of a variety of media to render light, shadow and textures for all types of fabrics and hard surfaces.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
Clearly and accurately render what they see
Work with a variety of drawing and rendering media
Be able to produce renderings using Photoshop
Interpret and adapt realism into abstract
August 21 W Course Introduction
23 F Bring picture for adaptation project
Getting familiar with your supplies
26 M Learning to See
28 W Drawing What You (Think) You See
30 F Step #1 Adaptation (copy) due
September 2 M Labor Day No Class
4 W Step #2 Adaptation (Fashion plate) due
6 F Photoshop session #1 w/ David Harwel
9 M Photoshop
11 W Photoshop
13 F Step #3 Adaptation (Painting) due
16 M Photoshop session #2 w/ David Harwell
18 W Photoshop
20 F Step #4 Adaptation (Photoshop) due
23 M Media
25 W Media
27 F TBA
30 M Draping
October 2 W TBA
4 F Draping
7 M Figure Drawing
9 W Texture
11 F Faces
14 M Hands/Feet
16 W Hands/Feet
18 F Portrait Due
21 M Figure Drawing
23 W Figure Drawing
25 F Self-Portrait Due
28 M Figure Drawing
30 W Figure Drawing
November 1 F Fall Break No Class
4 M Costumed Figure
6 W Costumed Figure
8 F TBA
11 M Copy Due
13 W Student Choice
15 F TBA
18 M Impressionist Due
20 W Work on Portfolio
22 F Work on Portfolio
25 M TBA
27 W Thanksgiving No Class
29 F Thanksgiving No Class
December 2 M Present Portfolio
4 W Present Portfolio
6 F Present Portfolio
NOTE: This schedule is subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of such changes.
Exams and Assignments:
There will be six graded assignments throughout the semester. Since this is a studio course where much work will take place in class, the work completed during classtime should be considered your daily assignment, accordingly will be graded as such. The final exam will be the presentation of a completed portfolio of your best work throughout the semester.
5 step reproduction project: (50 pts. Per step) 250
Copy project 50
Impressionist project 50
Final Portfolio Presentation 250
Total 700 points
Grading will be on a 10% scale. 630-700 = A; 560-629 = B; etc.
Graduate students will be required to maintain a sketchbook. One sketch per day will be required. Sketchbooks will be checked randomly throughout the semester. Sketchbooks that do not fulfill the requirements will result in a minimum of a 10 point deduction from the students final grade for each violation.
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework:
It is mandatory that you be in attendance and presenting your project on project due dates. You must have prior approval if you know that you will be unable to be in class on a presentation day. In such circumstances you will be allowed to present your work on the following class day.
Attendance is expected for all classes. Graduate students will be allowed one absence. Undergrads will be allowed three absences. There are no excused absences. If you are absent, you are absent. 25 points will be deducted for each absence beyond the allowed amount. Attendance on presentation days is mandatory and will only be excused with prior approval from the instructor.
There are no required texts for this course. However, a list of recommended and helpful books will be made available to you.
Other Course Materials:
vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, charcoal or carbon pencils, white Conte pencil (or white chalk pencil), kneaded eraser, pink pearl eraser, stumps (large and small), bristle brush, sand block, large newsprint pad (18” x 24”), drawing pad (18” x 24”), drawing board with 2 clips, any materials you deem necessary for your individual projects (watercolor, marker, watercolor paper, etc.) 11” x 17” Sketchbook (grads)
Extra Credit Opportunities (undergrads only):
A sketchbook can be kept for up to 100 extra credit points. To get maximum points this must be a very complete book with a variety of sources. Visits to museums, drawing people at a park, mall or other public place, are good sources.
If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 348-4285 or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.
All students in attendance at the University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student.
The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.