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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 40A.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 40B.
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 for production.
  • A successful student will demonstrate skills in the use of advanced makeup materials.
  • 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 -
Continuation of work in THTR 40A with emphasis in more advanced techniques and practical application experience for the stage.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. further analyze and appraise differences and similarities of facial anatomy.
  2. further describe, differentiate and compare basic facial types and how these may be simulated through theatrical make-up.
  3. design make-up for a character or all characters of a theatrical production.
  4. appraise and master the application of various make-up products, including advanced and specialty products, and illustrate ways to interchange and substitute when necessary.
  5. employ techniques of preparation and application of advanced prosthetics.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Ben Nye Make-up Kit or its equivalent, with additional advanced makeup materials.
  2. Stage space or classroom, with appropriate lighting capabilities and table, to accommodate full class instructor demonstrations.
  3. Various advanced casting/mold making and art supplies.
  4. Protective clothing.
  5. Dressing and make-up rooms equipped with running water, lockers, showers, make-up tables and mirrors.
  6. Lighted make-up preparation station for each student.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study facial anatomy and character type:
    1. student's individual type
    2. various age, gender, and ethnic types
    3. the effect of stage lighting, costumes, scenery and stage size on facial anatomy and communicating character
  2. Review and further practice enhancement of characterization through make-up techniques:
    1. straight make-up
      1. basic/beauty
      2. corrective (with special attention to different racial/ethnic types, genders, and/or historical or famous people.)
    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, honing appropriate drawing skills and formats in the process.
    1. add to makeup morgue in categories for each assigned makeup project
    2. render makeup designs using art tools (pencils, colored pencils, pastels, etc.)
    3. practical experience under production pressure
  4. From instructor demonstrations, further practice experimentation with a wide variety of makeup materials:
    1. contents of an "all purpose make-up kit", including foundations (oil and water base), 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 advanced prosthetic makeup using:
    1. life-mask casting materials (alginate, plaster, etc)
    2. modeling materials (plastalina clay, modeling tools, etc.)
    3. advanced appliance making materials (two-part molds, cold foam latex, and/or gelatine, separators and sealers, makeup, etc.)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. In-class make-up projects
  2. Maintenance of make-up "morgue" in scrapbook fashion, to be evaluated as a term project
  3. Make-up analyses which must result in completed make-ups, one of these to be a final project
Representative Text(s) -
Baygan, Lee. Techniques of Three-Dimensional Makeup. New York: Watson-Guptil Publications, 1982.
Debreceni, Todd. Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen. Burlington: Focal Press, 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, including self-application as well as application on others.
  2. Cooperative creation of plaster "life-masks", including supervision of students new to the process.
  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 and referral to chapters in text books.
  2. Reading and referral to available makeup technique books and magazines.
  3. Demonstration and application notes compiled in personal makeup morgue.