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

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Chapter 5

The Painting Tools of Scenic Artistry

Fundamental scenic painting skills are gained in part by a thorough knowledge of the tools of scenic art. As in fine arts and related art fields, knowing a tool and how to use it is the first step toward mastery. Tools are the link between the scenic artist, the paint, and the surface. They are an extension of the scenic artist, and knowing which tool to use for a particular technique is something a professional scenic artist must know. Tools are to the scenic artist what language is to the writer. The wider knowledge and familiarity scenic artists have with the tools of the trade, the broader their range of skills will be.

The basic tool of the scenic artist is the paintbrush. Yet nearly anything ...

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