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Grade 10 Technical Theatre Design

Fall 2013/2014

Mr. Jason Robert LeClair   jleclair@beaconart.org (401) 671-6261 x414         Syllabus of Study

Office Hours by appointment


Course Description:             Through the study of theatre design, students will gain a fuller understanding of the stage as an artistic medium. From the concept to design models, students will be taught the elements of design for the stage in Sets, Costumes, Make Up, Lighting, and Sound. These skills will be utilized to design a full concept for a play.

Course Goal: To enhance the student artist’s understanding and appreciation of the technical design aspects of a production.

T 1 Artistic Processes – Theater employs creative problem solving using tools, techniques, and technology in one or more disciplines in order to make the imagined tangible.

T4 Aesthetic Judgment - Applying knowledge and skills of Theater Arts in order to reflect on and evaluate the work of self and others.


Essential Skills:      

        • Understand how to read a play for technical needs

T 1 (9-12) –1 Students show skill development in acting, directing, designing, and scriptwriting d. designing or creating and analyzing designs that support or enhance the author’s intent, based on text analysis and research

        • Learn scaled drafting for use in stage design
        • Develop knowledge of production careers in theatre

T 2 (9-12)Ext –1 Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of Theater Arts in personal, cultural, and historical context f. analyzing and evaluating a specific career opportunity and determining which learning pathway will lead to that career

        • Understand aesthetic choices for production design

T 3 (9-12) –1 Students demonstrate the ability to communicate in the language of the Theater Arts a. evaluating and applying performance and design techniques to convey evolving ideas, feelings, or meaning

        • Learn to design production elements

T 1 (9-12) –3 Students make connections among the arts and other disciplines b. analyzing and evaluating a theatrical performance for its effective use of music, dance, or visual arts


Required Materials:             The following materials are required for this class to be provided by the student.


  • Sketchbook (at least 8” x 10”)
  • Portfolio or carrying case for artwork (at least 18” x 24”)
  • Set of colored pencils
  • Graphite pencils
  • Black fine line markers (felt or ink pens are acceptable)
  • Drafting Compass Set


These materials are available at either Michael’s Arts and Crafts, A.C. Moore, Ocean State Job Lot, Utrecht Art Supplies, Staples, or Jerry’s Artarama locations.



Beacon’s standard grading weights are:


                        45%     Projects / Papers/Tests

                        35%     In-Class work/Participation and Attendance

                        20%     Homework


Assessment:   Projects

                                    See class schedule


In-Class grading is defined by activities done in class such as short lesson worksheets.


A sketch journal will be kept by each student. This will be checked on Thursdays for a homework grade. The subject matter of the sketch journal is observation of anything that pertains to stage design, but should contain at least two pieces of work each week that includes commentary (and documentation if possible) on the observed style of architecture, clothing, makeup, etc.


In order for an artist to succeed in an educational and thriving environment at Beacon Charter, one must be fully engaged and present in all of the learning activities that occur in the classroom.  Attendance in all classes is mandatory and habitual absence from class may result in a meeting with The Artistic Director.  Each arts faculty member will be evaluating student attendance in a proper manner related to their art.   


Participation is daily work ethic and effort. Students are expected to work in class for the entire period. An average of these daily grades will be calculated based on the following format – 0 = non participatory, 50 = minimal effort, 100 = full effort, Exempt = excused absence (see student handbook for definition).


Late Work Policy:     No late work will be excepted without special arrangements made with the instructor and Mrs. Murphy. Any work handed in late will have 10 points removed per class day late. Work may only be handed in at the beginning of the class period on the due date unless otherwise allowed by the instructor. Work handed in after the collection period will be considered late and the above perimeters apply.


Course Requirements:       

  • Student Artists are expected and required to read all materials in the manner described within the class schedule.
  • Student Artists will respect the space, fellow student artists and themselves as described in the student handbook.
  • Student Artists will work on art at all times within the arts classroom.

Standards Met:         T1 (9-12) 1d – T1 (9-12) 2a – T1 (9-12) 3b – T2 (9-12) 1d, 1f – T3 (9-12) 1a –

T4 (9-12) 1c - M(G&M)–10–5 - M(G&M)–10–6








Class Schedule:

Week 2            Introduction Essays                                                                9/13/13

Week 4            Progress Report                                                                      9/27/13

Week 6            Progress Report                                                                      10/11/13

Week 8            Progress Report                                                                      10/25/13

Week 12          Progress Report                                                                      11/22/13

Week 14          Progress Report                                                                      12/6/13

Week 16          First Production Meeting Report                                           12/20/13

Week 19          Production Meeting Report                                                    1/10/14




Project Schedule


Project 1 –       Set Design Lighting/Sound Design                 Due November 1, 2013

                        Project 2 –       Costume, Make up                                         Due December 13, 2013

                        Project 3 –       Final Design                                                    Due January 10, 2014

                        Final PPT -     Design Promo                                                 Due During Exam Period


                        Tech observation Journals are collected every Thursday

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