Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Adventures in Backdrop Painting!!

This summer I'm helping out with a children's musical theater camp... fun!! I'm doing the backdrop for the stage, and helping out wherever else needed.

Creating a backdrop is a completely new experience for me, and I'm learning a lot as I go! Mainly about materials - I'm using two 4'x8' foam insulating panels, latex paint, and spray paint. Normally in my line of work, I look for materials that will last a very long time. I'm concerned about how the painting will hold up and weather through the years. But here the goal is to make a big, colorful backdrop in a hurry and on a budget. 
Challenge accepted! 

The play is about kids growing up in the digital age, so I decided to paint a computer floating through cyber space.  There are bright neon colored "stars" (hubs?) on a black background, and I'll probably make them connected by thin lines lines to show how we're all connected in this virtual world.

I'm pleased with the way it's turned out so far, but it's not been without it's challenges. But, like I tell my students: we're artists, so we like to figure stuff out. 

Here are a few pics from today, more to come when it's done (which should be tomorrow).

Before

After (After today, that is. Still a work in progress..)

Future home of a giant keyboard.

    
Helpers!

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