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Scenic Art for the Theatre, 2nd Edition by Peter Beudert, Susan Crabtree

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Chapter 2

The Relationship Between the Scenic Artist and the Scenic Designer

No two artists in scenic production are as closely related through their craft as the scenic artist and the scenic designer. The scenic artist has a very unique role among the many skilled artisans who contribute to scenic production. This often (but not always) singles the scenic artist out as the key translator of the scenic designer’s work from the drawing board to the stage. Stage design styles vary from degrees of sculptural to two-dimensional “painted” scenery, all of which place different emphasis on scenic art, which might require very little sophisticated painting or quite a lot.

No matter which end of this spectrum, scenic artists are the last craft to contribute ...

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