It’s week four and as usual the design realisation department is full to the brim with opera set. Everywhere you look there are colossal scenic pieces, massive polystyrene chunks and vast amounts of textured bricks all forming a jungle of interesting components that litter the paintshop. All around the department, students are utilising a variety of skills to work on the scenery for the opera triple bill; ranging from more technical and precise, to more creative and artistic. Around the corner in the paintshop, away from the crowd I caught Meg concentrating on some lettering for the opera.
Meg has a steady hand and is creating a sample to show Yannis the designer. In scenic art, students work on lettering quite frequently, ranging from street signs to shop front such as what Meg is working on here.
Of course, scenic art is not always about such precision…
Here, Tara and Meg are working on the breeze blocks, adding water marks to the textured flats. The girls are using more of their artistic flair to create a realistic finish for the wall.
It’s not just the scenic art department who are working on bricks today, scenic construction are working with a very different material-well different for construction- creating the brick work for the police flat. Here Will and Seb are carving bricks from polystyrene, it’s not all carpentry and welding boys, and this stuff gets everywhere…
Two of our design realisation students, third year Nancy and second year Katie, are used to working with polystyrene as they have used it quite a lot in the props department. Here they are marking out some of the bricks ready for carving, looks very neat ladies!
Speaking of props, it’s all about the opera in there too at the moment. Hannah is making a massive ornate frame and is currently sculpting some beautiful decorations to go onto her mouldings. This is quite a lengthy process so keep an eye out for more progress shots as the finished article is bound to look stunning!