A sign of the times…

When you think of scenic art, what do you think of? Sweeping landscapes etched in detail onto vast backdrops? Occasionally.  How about ageing brick work and textured plaster walls? More often than you’d think. Or maybe deep mahogany paneling and antique oak floor boards? All the time…

The truth is, scenic artists deal with a huge array of finishes and as such are trained in a huge array of skills.  One of these skills in the art of signwriting.  This week the scenic art team, along with our first years- and a couple of our third years- had a lettering taster session with one of our favourite freelance professional scenic artists, Lionel Stanhope, who regularly comes in to spread his wisdom and work with our students on productions.  Having freelance professionals in the workshops is always a lovely experience as our students can meet somebody directly working in the trade and of course we can show off the talent we have here too!

The morning was a huge success and everyone managed to pick up some useful tips and tricks as well as getting to grips with the basics of block lettering.  These skills are going to be very useful for the team currently working in scenic art as they begin the signs for Nickolas Nickleby Part 2 designed by Dora Schweitzer.  Here you can see some of the signs in progress; second year design realisation student Katie neatly working on the Saracen’s Head, Vanessa talking through second year Kat’s sign with her and third year Lai tackling her massive sign with equal measures of precision. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how all of these turn out, and of course these are only a small selection that need to be painted.  The scenic art team are going to be lettering signs in their sleep at this rate!

Many thanks to Lionel Stanhope for his lettering session, check out his work on his Facebook page; Scenic Art Services http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Scenic-Art-Services/374558700856?fref=ts

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