Stage Makeup - The painted mask
a. Apply basic research to construct ideas about the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.
b. Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a drama/theatre work.
a. Investigate historical and cultural conventions and their impact on the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.
b. Understand and apply technology to design solutions for a drama/theatre work.
b. Explain and justify the selection of technical elements used to build a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production. - See more at: TH:Re9.1.HSII
a. Analyze and assess a drama/theatre work by connecting it to art forms, history, culture, and other disciplines using supporting evidence and criteria.
b. Construct meaning in a drama/theatre work, considering personal aesthetics and knowledge of production elements while respecting others’ interpretations.
c. Verify how a drama/theatre work communicates for a specific purpose and audience.
The painted mask is makeup. When we use makeup in the theatre it is both utilitarian and an accentuating necessity. Makeup, done well can transform an actor into the character and enhance his/her performance bringing more life to the written word of the author.
How do you read a play for design? What is the significance of make up in theatre? How can make up reflect the author's intentions? What does make up do for an actor? When should you use particular styles and colors for certain characters?
Students will know:
Students will be able to:
Activities for ALL students:
Activity 1 -
Read and interpret A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare as a theatrical makeup designer. Take notes and pay attention to the subtleties in the author's words. Draw conclusions about the characters and their personalities based on context clues.
Activity 2 -
Using the lessons in age and operatic makeup (YouTube links to the right), create drawings for one fairy and one aged character using your own face as a model.
Activity 3 -
Determine a color scheme (palette) for the makeup that would go on the mechanicals, and a color scheme for the nobility.
Activity 4 -
Attempt one of your makeup designs on your self at home recording the steps and publishing them as a gallery to your digication.
Activities for MOST students:
Will have a well justified concept based on the script for their interpretation of makeup.
Will respond and inquire during peer critiques.
Take and create a gallery on digication that also has written descriptions.
Activities for SOME students:
Will exceed their own expectations and push the limits of what they think is possible.
Create a presentation that is worthy of an IE presentation at Thespian Conference (see extended rubric below).
Generate his/her own video instruction of how to do a makeup design and post it along with the gallery to digication.
Videos or this page and: