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2005 Fall THR F254 F01 Costume Design/Construction I Tara Maginnis 3 Introduction to theory and practice of costume design for the theatre, methods used to make costumes out of a variety of media. Projects include simple hat making, mask making, sewing and related costume crafts. CRN: 75369 firstname.lastname@example.org web site: http://www.costumes.org Office Hrs: I may be found in my office or the costume shop (room 107 of the Fine Arts Theatre) 1-5pm M, Tu, Th, & F other than when my meetings are scheduled. (not all known at this time, but Theatre dept meetings will be Th. 2:00-3:30 ).
Costume Lab Hours: Monday 1:15-5:00, Tuesday 1:15-5:00, Thursday 1:15-2:00, 3:30-5, Friday 1:15-5:00
Web site: Class Web Page: go to The Costumers Manifesto at www.costumes.org click on Classes, and then click on Costume Design & Construction I. Photos that I take of you in class will be posted there, where you can download or print out the images. Let me know if you do NOT want photos of you or your work put online. A copy of this syllabus will also be online there, along with images from previous classes that you can use for study.
Textbook: There is no printed textbook for this class; however, there are free online supplemental materials available at http://www.costumes.org/classes/254pages/thr254projects.htm as well as an online class discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thr254/
Shows: All students enrolled in a theatre class are expected to view our shows, and you will get one free ticket to each UAF show, students working on a specific production get 2. You may pick up your free tickets beginning 1 week before the show opening at the UAF box office. Winter Shorts will play in the Lab Theatre Friday, October 14 @ 8:15pm, Saturday, October 15 @ 8:15pm, Friday, October 21 @ 8:15pm, Saturday, October 22 @ 8:15pm, Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00pm, Four Farces and One Funeral will Play in the Salisbury Theatre Friday, December 2 @ 8:15pm, Saturday, December 3 @ 8:15pm, Sunday, December 4 @ 2:00pm, Friday, December 9 @ 8:15pm, Saturday, December 10 @ 8:15pm, Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00pm. You can also see Taras Gallery show 2DCostumes from September 26 to October 7th in the UAF Fine Arts Gallery. Sept 27, 5-8pm will be the official reception. Admission free.
Course Goals: To learn basic processes for design, research and construction for period and modern costume on the stage.
Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students should have an understanding and appreciation of the steps needed to get costumes designed, made, and fitting a performer on stage. They should also acquire basic figure drawing and basic sewing skills, several specialized costume craft skills based on their areas of interest, and be able to make simple costume accessories by adapting existing items like shoes, wigs, and caps. The Figure : An Approach to Drawing and Construction</center> The Magic Garment : Principles of Costume Design
- Screen Style: Fashion and Femininity in 1930s Hollywood
- Hollywood Dressed & Undressed : A Century of Cinema Style
| align="left" valign="top" | Instructional methods (and related grading info): Each class will begin with a demo where I will show you how to do a technique for a possible project this will typically take 1-2 hrs. After the demonstration occurs, the class will split into two sections, the Independent track, and the Lab track.
- If you choose the Independent track, for the remainder of class time you may either spend working on one of your projects and getting help from me in how to do them, or head home and work on your own. You may choose from online projects, or projects demonstrated in class. You will also need to work on projects outside of class time. You should expect to do an average of 6 hours a week outside class. You may if you wish come into the costume shop during the times we are open to get extra help, work with our tools, or just have a place to work that is less awkward than a dorm room, or you may choose to take projects home to work on them. This track offers the maximum freedom, but requires a great deal of self-discipline and ability to work on projects without much hand-holding. Grading will be based on an accumulation of letter grades awarded for the projects and an overall grade for participation in the demo part of class. (See details below).
- If you choose the Lab track you will stay after the demo, and return during Theatre Practicum lab times for 3 hours per week. During those hours you will do both a series of very specific small projects with hand-holding by me or costume shop staff (i.e., Lorraine), plus you will do traditional lab work on the costumes for shows. You will not be responsible for doing outside class projects at all. This option requires only the discipline to be able to show up on time for a weekly time slot, but offers no freedom in choosing your projects. Grading will be based on the assigned projects, regular class participation, and lab participation.
Assigned Projects 40% of grade:
� Bandersnatch Hat
� Banyan or Cape as directed.
� Rendering a pair of color costume renderings for REIGEN (Hands Around) by Arthur Schnitzler
� 6 color renderings for R.U.R. by Karel Capek
� Other small craft projects as assigned and completed in the latter part of Monday night class.
Lab Participation 40% Be there. Be willing. Follow directions. Just like Practicum. Torque off Lorraine as little as possible by avoiding rude or witless behavior. If you can manage these things, a good grade is assured. Time spent should be roughly 3 hrs a week or 36 hours over all.
Class participation 20% means providing helpful commentary, ideas, and moral support to your fellow students. It also means you are there for the demos.
Grades for the accumulated projects are 80% of your grade. The format of this course allows you to choose project assignments from a series of categories to develop skills in the two main areas of this class: Costume Design and Costume Construction. Because many students come to my classes with extensive experience in some areas, and gaps in other areas, this smorgasbord is designed so that a student may skip over areas that he/she already knows about, and can concentrate on developing new skills. How this works is that every assignment is "worth" a certain number of "credits" in either Design or Construction or both, depending on the nature of the assignment and it's difficulty. As a student you are required to finish project assignments adding up to 50 "credits" in each of the two categories, with a total of 100 credits overall. This is sort of similar to the way you may have taken classes in woodshop, art, sewing, machine shop, or ceramics courses in H.S. or college previously. A shortage of credits in either category will lower your grade for projects. You can access information and handy how-to instructions for the projects any time of day or night at the web page of the online version of this class under the heading Projects
Points available for various THR 254 projects:
The following choices are based on lessons we will have in the face to face class:
� Rendering a pair of color costume renderings for The Proposal by Anton Chekhov 5D
� Rendering a pair of color costume renderings for REIGEN (Hands Around) by Arthur Schnitzler 5D
� Rendering at least 6 color renderings for The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn 10D
� Rendering at least 6 color renderings for Everyman by Anon. 10D
� Rendering at least 6 color renderings for R.U.R. by Karel Capek 10D
� Rendering at least 6 color renderings for The Theatre of Apollo (1625) by John Beaumont 10D
� Generating a Color Chart, a scene Breakdown, and Dresser lists for a production of The Roaring Girl, or Moll Cutpurse by Thomas Middleton 10D
� Furry Winter Hat 5C
� Spray Dyeing and/or distressing 10C
� Making a robe without a pattern (A "Banyan") 15C
� Styling Cheap Wigs 10C
� Fairy Wings 5C
� Baseball Cap Turban 5C
� Fabric Painting and Mosaic 5D+5C
� Period Shoe Conversions 5D+15C
� Hot Glue Necklace 3D+5C
� Buckram sculpture wig or other costume piece 5D+5C
� Making a complete costume from a commercial costume pattern 5D+25C
� Same as above, but Altering the pattern or design significantly, 10D+30C
Additional Choice that I recommend:
� Designing a real live show that happens in Fairbanks (Bring in the Renderings) 15D
Additional choices available from the online lessons:
� Design Analysis & Renderings
o Reading the Play 5D
o Designing in Cooperation 15D
o Analyzing Film Designs
� High Concept Films 5D
� Realistic Films 5D
o Historical Research 10D
o No Color Designs 15D
� Suit Conversions
o Paint 4D+6C
o Applied Decoration 3D+ 8C
o Surrealist Pockets 3D+10C
o Changing Collars 2D+8C
o Plaster Bandage & Foam 5D+10C
o Carved Insulation Foam Mask 5D+5C
� or Foam Mold for Muslin Mask 5D+10C
o Wire Sculpture 10D+15C
o Muslin Mache Mask 5D+10C
o Renaissance Hat 2D+10C
o Cape 5D+20C
o Measurements 5C
o Building Your Portfolio 10D
o Placemat Hats 3D+8C
o Amazing uses for a Baseball Hat Variable Credits
o Basic Bandeau of Buckram 5D+10C
o Edwardian Hat 5D+15C
o Hat Made Using Craft Felt 5D+15C
o Craft Felt Sculpture 5D+10C
o Straw Braid Hat 3D+10C
o Thermoplastic Helmet Project 5D+10C
o Witch Wig into Samurai Lady 3D+10C
o Extensions & Hair Rolls 10C
� Fabric Modification
� Foam crafts
o Airball Sculpture 5D+10C
o Complex Foam Headpiece 5D+10C
o Animal/Bird Foot Shoe 2D+10C
� Other Crafts Projects
o Plaster Bandage Breastplate 5D+10C
o Copying Period Fans 2D+10C
If you are interested in a topic or process, other than those shown, let me know, and I can try to find you a book that shows you what to do, or help you to do that process during the lab time in class. Points can be arranged for projects of this kind as well.
Class participation (or alternatively Message Board participation) providing helpful commentary, ideas, and moral support to your fellow students is 20% of your grade. If you find you cannot fully participate in the face-to-face class at any time due to travel, illness, or a show, you may participate in virtual form on the class message board during that week, and thus need not get behind. The online message board is located at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thr254 email@example.com
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