Applied Theater Concepts

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The class is an introduction to many aspects of theater, including costuming, makeup, stage management, and properties. The class focuses around eight learning projects in makeup, mask-making, costume adaptation, sound editing, the projected image, prop construction, set design, and qualities of light. Each student will then identify an area of concentration. The course requires participation in two mainstage productions and the Director’s Festival of One-Acts. Each student will also attend one performance experience per semester and will maintain an electronic learning portfolio of the work of the class. Open to all students.


Unit Essential Questions Habits Of Mind Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension Integrated Learning
Makeup Fundamentals
Why is makeup important to the stage, film and Television?
What are the techniques we can learn to express ourselves within a visual medium?
What are the steps to create a character concept?


·       Learning about commercial and professional equipment, tools, materials and products used in makeup application
·       Understanding the basics of skin structure, skin care and makeup subject preparation
·       Analyzing bone structure and face shapes correctly
·       Correcting various facial shapes with contouring, shading and highlighting
·       Selecting makeup products based on proper analysis of skin tones and undertones
·       Understanding color theory, seasons and tonality
·       Labeling the color wheel correctly
·       Knowing and demonstrating the sequence of basic makeup application
·       Reviewing the purpose, selection and application of foundation, correction, concealer and powder for different ethnic groups, ages, skin tones and skin types
·       Applying cheek colour application for day and evening looks correctly
·       Correctly shaping eyebrows, and selecting appropriate eyebrow makeup for application
·       Analyzing eye shapes correctly and applying makeup for correction
·       Assessing lip shapes and making necessary corrections
·       Selecting appropriate lip colors and applying various products and textures to meet clients’ individual needs
·       Understanding the basic rules of light and makeup
·       Applying practical application of daytime and evening makeup, classic looks, fashion looks, natural styles, subtle styles, glamourous and dramatic styles
  • Creativity
  • Knowledgeable about make-up techniques and products
  • Originality
  • Confidence in own abilities
  • Diplomacy
  • Tact
  • Flexibility
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work well as part of a team
  • The ability to use own initiative
  • The ability to stick to tight budgets and be resourceful
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure






Special Effects Makeup


The student will experiment with the mediums of latex, waxes and gel to create texture, colour and contour. Techniques for the application of bald caps, beards, mustaches and sideburns are covered. Students are encouraged to refine their technical prowess as they produce realistic manifestations of trauma: scars, bullet holes, lacerations, bruises, scabs, cuts, blisters and burns. You will develop and apply a special effect makeup for a scripted character at this intersection of illusion and reality.
·       Refining the application of structural makeup cremes, highlights and shadows to depict aging of the face and hands
·       Analyzing and comparing professional products and their uses
·   ·   Identifying and correctly labeling the anatomical structure of the face with regards to bones & muscles
·       Applying latex correctly for depicting scars, warts and aging
·       Applying wax correctly to depict bullet holes, scars, cuts, lacerations & road rash
·       Interpreting wounds from photos and recreating through correct application (or techniques)
·       Recreating blisters and boils through application of special makeup products
·       Applying a structural makeup using carrying techniques to depict bruises, old and new
·       Using makeup effects to depict cuts, scratches, black eyes, dirt and blister damage, scabs and drawn cuts
 Discussing characteristics of first, second, and third degree burns