Scenic Art

August 2-5, 2021 
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
George Fox University
Newberg Campus
Cost for workshop and 30 PDUs: $595 early registration before July 15 ($695 after July 15)

(Optional: 2 or 3 continuing education credits available for additional fee)

Learn to bring your scenery to life with painted finishes, textures, and sculpture.

Geared toward high school teachers and staff, this hands-on interactive course in scenic art will explore the creative process and technical skills involved in scenic painting and sculpting.

We will walk step-by-step through a variety of painting techniques and faux finishes, explore paint tools and color mixing, and learn traditional foam sculpting and coating techniques that can turn research images into 3-dimensional creations.

You'll complete a series of hands-on creative projects throughout the week designed both to solidify your learning and to provide example projects for you to use with your own students back at your home school.

Through a series of hands-on creative projects, participants will gain the skills to:

  • Mix color with scenic paints
  • Learn paint techniques like scumbling, sponging, rolling, and spattering
  • Create a variety of faux finishes like wood grain, brick, marble and foliage
  • Carve, sculpt, and coat foam for making rocks, trees, props and sculpture
Participants can earn 30 PDUs or, alternatively, can take the four-day course for 2 continuing education credits and choose an optional third credit for work related to a production or class at a home school or theatre. Additional fee of $100 per credit hour is required.


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Bryan BoydBryan Boyd is a professor of theatre at George Fox University where he runs the design and technical theatre program. Bryan has also designed professionally for a variety of theatres in the Northwest including Artists Repertory Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, Seattle Musical Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and Northwest Children’s Theatre. Bryan holds an MFA in Scenic Design from University of Portland and has been named a celebrated teaching artist from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.