The Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College seeks a scenic artist for its summer season.
Scenic painters work under the direction of the set designer to paint sets, backdrops, and some props for stage productions. If the design calls for it, the painters also are responsible for the application of certain finishing materials. Each member of the crew is made aware of the color palette and materials, techniques, and completion deadlines. Painters may be asked to provide samples or trials of finishes to be applied to certain pieces before executing the design on a large scale; this is to ensure proper application and to ensure that the look is consistent with the designer’s vision. The allotted time to complete the painting process is determined by the size of the set and the schedule set forth for build and rehearsal. Painting is either done at the theater in the adjoining scene shop.
Skills + Education
Formal education should include courses in drawing, painting, sculpting, color theory, and art history. Experience in theatre is recommended but not required. Workshops and other sources of professional training are encouraged as a means of continually updating and refining your knowledge of technique. A scenic painter must be artistically talented, but also possess a diverse set of skills in terms of style and use of materials. A working scenic painter does not produce work to his or her own artistic preference, but rather must be capable of executing the required design. An ability to mix colors from primary mediums is paramount.
This is an entry-level position for an individual with demonstrated talent. Pay range is $15-18/hour. Job dates are June 3 through July 5, 2019. Contact Technical Director Ben Crop at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
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