Lesson 1- Set Design

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Line, shape, color, texture, space. The first in a three-part series of lessons intended for advanced theatre arts classes introduces the elements of set design. Class members examine maquettes and analyze how designers have put together these elements to set the mood and tone for a particular play.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Post images of sets from a multitude of shows about the classroom and have class members analyze how the design elements are used to create a specific mood and tone
  • If computer animated drawing (CAD) software is available, have class members use the software to design and dress their sets
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires script excerpts, colored pencils, and laptops if using CAD software for the project
Pros

  • Provides images of maquetes for a variety of plays
  • Includes an explanation of the different emotions connoted by the designer's choice of line shape and direction
Cons

  • None
Common Core