It's All in the Details

Designers communicate their vision for a set through a progression from thumbnail sketches, to drawings, to renderings. After examining a series of renderings, class members begin work on their own rendering paying particular attention to line, color, and the physical characteristics of the materials they will use.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Display models of thumbnail sketches, drawings, and renderings of a set to demonstrate the progression
Classroom Considerations

  • The sixth in a 10-lesson theater arts unit on set design
  • Instructors should have available models of the entire design process from sketches to scale model sets

  • The opening activity underscores the importance of crafting an accurate representation that depicts the mood and spirit of the design concept

  • None
Common Core