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The book The Art of Theatrical Design: Elements of Visual Composition, Methods, and Practice, published by Focal Press, addresses the core principles that develop the student designer into a true artist, providing a foundation for success with each production design. The text concentrates on the skills necessary to create effective, evocative, and engaging theatrical designs that support the play contextually, thematically, and visually. It gives students the grounding in core principles needed to approach design challenges and make design decisions in both assigned class projects and realized productions.
In-depth discussions of design elements and principles for costume, set, lighting, sound, and projection designs
Coverage of key concepts such as content, context, genre, style, play structure and format, and the demands and limitations of various theatrical spaces
Essential principles, including collaboration, inspiration, conceptualization, script analysis, conducting effective research, building a visual library, developing an individual design process, and the role of the critique in collaboration
Information on recent digital drawing tool technology, such as the Wacom Inkling pen, Wacom Intuos digitizing tablets and digital sketching, and rendering programs such as Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Adobe Photoshop
Chapter exercises and key terms designed to provide an engaging experience with the material and to facilitate student understanding
Kaoime E. Malloy is an Associate Professor of Costume Design for the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Department of Theatre and Dance. A member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and IATSE, she freelances as a theatre designer, makeup artist, and technician throughout the United States.
I. Beginnings Chapter 1 - What is Design? Chapter 2 - Content and Context Chapter 3 - Genre Chapter 4 - Style Chapter 5 - Structure and Format
II. Elements of Design Chapter 6 - Line Chapter 7 - Shape/Form/Mass/Space Chapter 8 - Value Chapter 9 - Color Chapter 10 - Texture Chapter 11 - Creating the Illusion of Depth on a flat Surface
III. Principles of Design Chapter 12 - Unity and Variety Chapter 13 - Balance Chapter 14 - Repetition/Pattern/Rhythm Chapter 15 - Scale and Proportion Chapter 16 - Emphasis and Subordination
IV. Core Principles for the Theatrical Designer Chapter 17 - Collaboration Chapter 18 - Analysis Chapter 19 - Conceptualization Chapter 20 - The Design Process Chapter 21 - The Role of the Critique Chapter 22 - Drawing as Our Common Language Chapter 23 - Rendering Techniques
V. Individual Design Areas Chapter 24 - Costume Design Chapter 25 - Scene Design Chapter 26 - Lighting Design Chapter 27 - Sound Design Chapter 28 - Projection Design Glossary Bibliography Index
Table of Contents
Core principles and practices of theatrical design
Focal Press Book: The Art of Theatrical Design: Elements of Visual Composition, Methods, and Practice (Paperback) Review