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Scenic Art for the Theatre

3rd Edition

By Susan Crabtree, Peter Beudert


428 pages

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Now in its Third Edition, Scenic Art for the Theatre: History, Tools and Techniques continues to be the most trusted source for both student and professional scenic artists. With new information on scenic design using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and other digital imaging softwares this test expands to offer the developing artist more step-by-step instuction and more practical techniques for work in the field. It goes beyond detailing job functions and discussing techniques to serve as a trouble-shooting guide for the scenic artist, providing practical advice for everyday solutions.


"With each edition of this volume (1st ed., CH, Dec'98, 36-2110), Crabtree and Beudert continue to improve their text and make it a valuable source for those interested in scenic art as a profession. The authors are working professionals, and they provide a wealth of information on training, skills, work environments, responsibilities, paint, color theory, tools and tricks of the trade, processes for laying out and preparing surfaces, and drawing formulas. Summing Up: Recommended." -- R.A. Naversen, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, CHOICE

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Professional Scenic Artist

Chapter 2 The Scenic Artist's Studio and Work Space

Chapter 3 The Scenic Artist and the Scenic Studio Personnel

Chapter 4 The Relationship Between the Scenic Artist and the Scenic Designer

Chapter 5 The Painting Tools of Scenic Artistry

Chapter 6 Color and Paint

Chapter 7 Preparing Soft Goods for Painting

Chapter 8 Preparing Hard Scenery for Painting

Chapter 9 Scenery Cartooning and Layout

Chapter 10 Two-Dimensional Scenic Painting Techniques

Chapter 11 Trompe L'Oeil Painting Technique

Chapter 12 Signs and Lettering

Chapter 13 A Pathway of Student Projects

Chapter 14 Three-Dimensional Textures

Chapter 15 Surface Transformation: Faux Finishes, Aging Techniques, and Surface Finishing

About the Authors

Scenic designer and member of the United Scenic Artists. He has designed for a variety of theatres in the United States and Europe. Mr. Beudert was awarded two Fulbright fellowships to France as a scenic designer. He is the Design Division Head of the School of Theatre Arts at The University of Arizona in Tucson.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General