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Studio and Forum Curriculum

Each semester consists of 12  5 1/2 -hour Studio classes on Saturdays and Sundayswith instruction in the foundations of scene painting. Students will learn about light and color theory, layout, handling of paint and other scenic materials, and methods of reproducing master paintings. In addition to the Studio classes,  WIth the exception of the Fall 2021 semester, Forum seminars will be offered each semester. The Forum classes are short-term seminars designed to give more specific technical instruction in areas such as architectural perspective, faux finishes, sculpture for the theatre, and other specialty crafts. The school syllabus is designed for a student enrolled for the entire three years; however, it is also possible to take individual semesters and Forum courses. This option allows students to brush up on their scenic skills, or simply learn a specific technique. We recommend the full three-year program for anyone who is looking to pursue being a Scenic Artist as a career. Many of our students have taken the USA Local 829 Scenic Artist exam and have gone on to have successful employment as Union scenic artists. Click here for a look at 829's website.





The Studio class is designed to give students hands-on knowledge of the tools and techniques they need to become a professional Scenic Artist. Students will have the same teacher throughout the program and will receive individual as well as group instruction. 

Along with teaching students about their assigned projects, the instructor will also provide guidance on portfolio and resume construction.The following is a list of the topics covered in the Studio classes over the three-year program: 

12- week sessions in the Studio, 5 1/2 hours long. Students work through each project at their own pace.

Studio Projects:

- Panel Molding and Painted Ornament.           

- Opaque Landscape - Corot Study

- Light and Color Theory

- Trompe l’oeil : Gold Ornament on Marble

- 17th Century Painters: Reproducing a Vermeer

- Painters of the 18th Century

- 19th Century Art movements

- Painting from the Designer Elevation


Technical Studies:

- Tools and Materials for the Theatrical Scenic Artist

- Safety and the Scenic Artist

- Process Analysis

- Theatrical Backdrop Preparation

- Drawing and Layout 

- Handling paint and dyes

- Single Translucencies, Double Translucencies

- Opaquing Methods

- Textural Applications

past courses/subject to change. Seminars will resume in the Spring Semester 2022


 3 Faux Finish Courses: Woodgraining, / Stone, Brick, Marble/ Metal, Leaf, Patinas


 Perspective for Artists: Explore your Space and Unlock your Potential

 Drawing Architectural Ornament

 Freelancing in New York - How to get jobs

 Foam Carving for Architectural Sculpture

 Portfolio Review

 Drapery Studies


In addition to the Studio classes, Forum Seminars will be held each summer.

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