The art, practice, and technique of scene painting is an essential part of theatre design. A scenic artist is responsible for translating the vision of the scenic designer to the realized scenery. Unlike all other scene painting books, this text will take you step-by-step through actual individual scene painting projects. Each project is commonly used in theatrical productions and each project builds upon the skills learned in the previous lesson. From wood and marble, to foliage and drapery, this book will teach the you how to become a skilled scenic painter.

Key Features

*Beautiful full color book *Spiral bound for easy use *Right to the point, step by step instruction to painting common scenes, such as wood, brick, foliage, and more!


*Primary: undergraduate/design tech theatre students *Secondary: Instructors in design/tech theatre training programs, scenic artsists, high school students in theatre classes, technical staff in community theatres that need examples of painting.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Project thumbnails Color Samples Acknowledgements Introduction Project 1 Flat construction and Preparation Project 2 Texture techniques Project 3 Spattered and sponged wall Project 4 Distressed wall with wainscot Project 5 Textured wall with bevelled block Project 6 Weathered wood Project 7 Pastoral landscape-cartoon Project 8 Bookshelf Project 9 Books added to bookshelf Project 10 Marble Project 11 Lattice portal Project 12 Foliage added to lattice Project 13 Field stone and brownstone Project 14 Brick Project 15 Clapboard wall, door, and shutter Project 16 Ornament Project 17 Wallpaper Project 18 Drapery Final Exam/Project


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About the author

Stephen Sherwin

Is the Director of Design and Technology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He has over 150 productions under his belt as a scenic designer and and over 150 as an actor, a lighting designer, technical director, or musical director. He is a seasonal instructor at the renown Cobalt Studios and has also been a topic speaker at USITT for several years.