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Day 9 (Wednesday, January 21, 2015): (no school Monday due to MLK Day)

  1. 1.Reviewed class motto & discussed learning goal for the week.

  2. 2.Reviewed process of arriving at a “Director’s Concept” and creating designs for a show.

  3. 3.Reviewed “world of the play”...and how sometimes creating believable “worlds” on stage requires historical  or geographical accuracy (ex:  What does a 1930’s Kansas farmhouse really look like?)  and sometimes creating a believable world requires great imagination & creativity (ex:  Who are “munchkins” and what kind of world could be created for their home-land/homes?)

  4. 4.Discussed the role of script analysis in creating BOTH types of worlds.

  5. 5.Watched a video about the creation of the “world” of Wicked.

  1. 6.Students were given a DESIGN PROJECT that they will be completing over the next few weeks in groups of 3.  (Click on “Design Project” above for more information.)  Discussed the process of this project...including 1.) writing a design concept, 2.) researching, 3.) finding an “inspiration” piece/metaphor/image/idea for the overall design, and 4.) creating a set design (that will be turned into a model set for presentation to class)

  2. 7.The second half of class was spent learning about, and using, various tools in the scene shop.  Today’s focus was fastening tools (hammers, staplers, screwdrivers, drills.  (Handout provided - if ABSENT, click & print!)



Day 10 (Thursday, January 22, 2015):

  1. 1. Reviewed class motto and learning goal for the week.

  2. 2. Watched a video about Newsies Design Concept.  Students were asked to look for the following while watching:  1.)  What needs of the script were considered when designing?, 2.) What research did the designers do in order to arrive at final look/feel?, 3.) What was the “starting point” of the designers’ work...what metaphor/image/idea was the “inspiration” for the set choices? 4.) [notice the models used to communicate design choices]

  1. 3. Reviewed Oz projects, and how students must ALSO 1.) consider the needs of the script, 2.)  conduct research, 3.) come up with a starting point (inspiration piece) for their design.

  2. 4.Students partnered for their Design Project and picked up the part of the script that pertained to their set choice (Students can choose to design:  Munchkinland, Oz, or Witch’s Castle)

  3. 5.Time was given to consider needs of the script.

  4. 6.The second half of class was spent learning about, and using, various tools in the scene shop.  Today’s focus was cutting tools (saws, etc.)  (Handout provided - if ABSENT, click & print!)



Day 11 (Friday, January 23, 2015):  

  1. 1. Reviewed class motto and learning goal for the week.

  2. 2. Turned in “Needs of the Script” from yesterday’s work on Design Project.  (if ABSENT, be sure to turn in your “Needs of the Script” when your come back in order to earn credit!)

  3. 3.Discussed examples of “Needs of the script” (Example:  if designing witch’s castle, you would need to design with the consideration of having a place/way for the witch to melt when water is thrown on her.)

  4. 4.Discussed role of “Research” in design.  (For example, you could “research” other designers’ work; you could research inspiration ideas...such as if Munchkin-land were to remind you of mushroom-like homes, then “research” shapes/types of mushrooms, or If the witch’s castle reminds you of gothic structures, research gothic architecture/design, etc.)  Just keep in mind that “research” can take on many forms, depending on your ideas.  But ALWAYS start with the NEEDS OF THE SCRIPT.

  5. 5.Homework:  Do some “research” for your chosen set (do visual research for ideas/inspiration for either witch’s castle, Oz, or Munchkin-land).  Print & bring no fewer than 5 images that you find inspirational from your research.  Points will be deducted if late! 

  6. 6.The second half of class was spent using, various measuring & cutting tools (saws, etc.) as PAIRS (PARTNERS) in the scene shop.   (HANDOUT provided - if ABSENT, click & print!)

  7. 7.Watched, for inspiration, a short video about various set design aspects of one version of The Wizard of Oz. 

FASTENING TOOLS  (drills, hammers, etc.)

MEASURING TOOLS  (steel tape, chalk line, etc.)

CUTTING TOOLS  (chop saw, circular saw, etc.)