Week three is here and the workshops are buzzing and whirring with activity. Associated Studies is over for another term so the departments have spread back out, filling the workshops with set and props, samples and ongoing projects…
Work is continuing with this term’s opera, Pinocchio, with lots of pieces being made. In the props department, Giulia and Marie have been working on the puppets for the show. These puppets are really interesting as they are secured around the necks of some of the characters so that their own faces animate the faces of the puppets. Sophie has been continuing her work on the eerie Crow Doctor’s mask which is taking shape and becoming more frightening every time I walk past! Meanwhile, Katie has been carrying on with her work on Pinocchio’s hair; making a plaster mould of the sculpted clay hair and casting it in latex coloured with black pigment…looking good so far.
The scenic art team have been continuing their work on the bricks, adding washes to make them more realistic and ageing them; I think you’ll agree that they look fantastic! They’re also been sample other paint finishes including gold for the last crest and the floor. Anna has also been working hard on the gravestone, creating a marbled finish and drawing up the lettering which will be painted with a trompe l’oeil effect so that it looks like it’s been carved into the marble.
The construction team have also been busy working on the two Blue Fairy houses; adding windows, adding MDF tiles to the roof so that it looks like it’s been tiled with slate and making doors for the houses. Will has also been working on a mechanism for one of the doors which ‘breaks’ when it gets kicked…I’ll try not to say too much in case I ruin the surprise- all in the name of the magic that is theatre!
Anyway as I’m sure you can see, we’ve been quite busy here in the design realisation workshops. There’s still a lot to do and a full week ahead of us so I am sure there will be more photos…stay tuned!
Tags: bricks, Design Realisation, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, marble, masks, opera, Props, Puppets, sampling, Scenic Art, Scenic Construction, Technical Theatre, tiles, trompe l'oeil
It’s looking like week two here in the design realisation workshops; scenic art associated studies is taking place in the paintshop with first year students from other pathways getting their first taste of what it’s like to do scenic art here at the Guildhall School. They are learning all about a variety of scenic art techniques ranging from creating textures, to wood graining…and a whole lot in between! What is interesting in the paintshop at the moment is that in addition to the associated studies bricks, which have been created using a brick template and artex, the paintshop is full of vacformed brick flats for the upcoming opera Pinocchio which the team are painting. The effect for the opera is slightly different in that the bricks are much darker with a black base coat and layers of earthy colours dry-brushed and sponged on top. They are going to have a dark wash on them as a final process which always makes such a difference with the bricks- tieing all of the colours together, ageing and adding depth. I think you’ll agree they are looking really impressive…and huge now that they are put together and on the paintframe (thanks to construction!).
Speaking of the construction team, they have been hard at work too; working on the rest of the set for Pinocchio. Here they are making the Blue Fairy’s house flat, which involves working out and cutting quite a few angles. The set design by Dick Bird is a fascinating one so over the next couple of week we should see some very interesting pieces being made.
The props department are also cracking on, tackling the vast amount of props for the opera. As usual in props there are a lot of things going on at once and every time I walk through it’s all moved on three or four steps but here’s what I caught when I had my camera; the wig for Pinocchio being sculpted, masks in progress, puppets being sewn and drapes being measured…
Well as usual by the time I’ve written this and uploaded the photos the guys here in design realisation have moved onto something else so I’ll try to get more shots near the end of week. Don’t go anywhere…
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Tags: Associated Studies, bricks, Design Realisation, flats, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, masks, paintframe, Props, Scenic Art, Scenic Construction, sculpting, Technical Theatre, texture