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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 40A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will identify and compare the use and effectiveness of available makeup products and materials.
  • A successful student will demonstrate skills in the design and application of theatrical makeup.
  • A successful student will employ basic design skills, including drawing, painting and clay modeling.
  • A successful student will locate and give examples of facial anatomy as it pertains to various character factors, including age, gender, race, and species.
Description -
A practical introduction to the techniques of applying theatrical make-up for the stage.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze and appraise differences and similarities of facial anatomy.
  2. describe, differentiate and compare facial types and how these may be simulated through theatrical make-up.
  3. understand the process of researching and designing make-up for production.
  4. recognize and acquire skills in the application of available make-up products, understanding how to substitute and adjunct products where specific applications or shortages require.
  5. understand the process of designing, creating and applying prosthetic makeup
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Ben Nye Make-up Kit or its equivalent, and various casting/mold making and art supplies.
  2. Stage space or classroom, with appropriate lighting capabilities and table, to accommodate full class instructor demonstrations.
  3. Protective clothing suitable for work that requires the application of stage make-up.
  4. Dressing and make-up rooms equipped with running water, lockers, showers, make-up tables and mirrors.
  5. Lighted make-up preparation station for each student.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study facial anatomy:
    1. student's individual type
    2. various age, gender, and ethnic types
    3. the effect of stage lighting on facial anatomy
  2. Identify and practice enhancement of characterization through make-up techniques:
    1. straight make-up
      1. basic
      2. corrective/beauty
    2. character make-up
      1. creative/clown
      2. age
      3. facial hair
      4. animal/character
    3. specialty make-up
      1. three-dimensional effects/non-prosthetic
      2. three-dimensional effects/prosthetic
  3. Practice researching and designing assigned makeup projects.
    1. compile a makeup morgue including categories for each assigned makeup project
    2. render makeup designs using basic art tools (pencils, colored pencils, pastels, etc.)
  4. From instructor demonstrations, learn to identify and subsequently experiment with a wide variety of makeup materials:
    1. become familiar with the minimum contents of an "all purpose make-up kit", including foundations, highlights and shadows, liners, powder, brushes, make-up removers, etc.
    2. compare and contrast products from a variety of manufacturers and distributors of theatrical make-up, learning how to substitute when necessary for manufactured make-up or prohibitively expensive products
    3. practice using materials for special character effects:
      1. facial hair (crepe wool, gauze, latex, spirit gum, etc., as well as a familiarity with human hair and ventilated appliances)
      2. three-dimensional effects/non-prosthetic using:
        1. facial feature reconstruction materials (wax, putty, etc.)
        2. special effects materials for cuts, bruises, burns, scars, etc. (liquid latex, cotton, tissue, gelatin, rigid collodian, blood, etc.)
  5. Design, create and apply basic prosthetic makeup using:
    1. life-mask casting materials (alginate, plaster, etc)
    2. modeling materials (plastalina clay, modeling tools, etc.)
    3. basic appliance making materials (liquid rubber latex, makeup, etc.)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Demonstrated effort and skill in mastery of make-up technique in in-class assignments.
  2. Creation of make-up "morgue" of varied and interesting real face photos and art samples, including models from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, as a term project.
  3. Make-up designs developed into completed make-ups, one of which is a final project.
Representative Text(s) -
Corson, Richard, James Glavan, Beverly Norcross. Stage Make-up. 10th ed. Needham Heights: Allyn & Bacon, 2009.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
  1. Practice with and application of specified makeup materials and techniques.
  2. Cooperative creation of plaster "life-masks".
  3. Observation and categorization of facial features, character types, and artistic inspirations.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading specified chapters of required textbook.
  2. Reading and referral to available makeup technique books and magazines.
  3. Demonstration and application notes compiled in personal makeup morgue.