SRJC Course Outlines

5/22/2024 3:33:54 AMTHAR 27 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

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Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 27Title:  PROPERTIES WORKSHOP  
Full Title:  Properties Workshop
Last Reviewed:4/12/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  THAR 77

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the basic materials, techniques and creative process involved in the design and construction of stage properties. Also an introduction to historical and conceptual aspects of properties design.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to the basic materials, techniques and creative process involved in the design and construction of stage properties. Also an introduction to historical and conceptual aspects of properties design.
(Grade Only)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2003Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Read and analyze a play with respect to props.
2. Identify and evaluate the props needed for a production.
3. Design and create props using a variety of techniques and concepts.
4. Demonstrate creative problem solving in prop designing.
5. Work collaboratively with a design and directorial team.
6. Develop tools and organizational skills to plan the props for the
   run of a show.
7. Identify production and script needs in order to develop a purchasing
   strategy within a given budget.
8. Renovate or adapt existing props using a variety of techniques and
9. Conduct and apply historical and stylistic research in the creation
   of prop design.

Topics and Scope
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 1. Introduction
   a)  Define stage properties, props master, props manager and prop
   b)  Introduction to historical styles.
2. Safety
   a)  Shop safety
   b)  Safe use of materials and equipment
   c)  Explain MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
3. Script analysis
   a)  Discuss an assigned play
   b)  Evaluate props needs
   c)  Strategize which props can be bought, pulled from stock, or built.
   d)  Discuss the period and socioeconomic situation of the play to
       determine the look of the props
   e)  Discuss style of the play, such as realism vs. fantasy
4. Research
   a)  Investigate sources of historical information
   b)  Discuss and investigate creative nontraditional research
5. Purchasing
   a)  Buying props
   b)  Researching sources
6. Food props
   a.  Practical, non-practical and functional food and drink,
       techniques for creating these.
   b)  Techniques including carving foam
   c)  Storage of real food props
7. Mold making and casting
   a)  Methods and materials for mold making and casting
   b)  Demonstrate making a mold of an object and casting it in one of
   the discussed methods
8. Prop painting
   a)  Color theory, how color works, paints and pigments; mixing color;
       color wheel
   b) Techniques; highlight and shadow; glazing and surface qualities
      of props
9. Furniture and upholstery
   a)  Furniture restoration and repair
   b)  Fabrics
   c)  Reupholstering
   d)  Historic styles of furniture
10. Sewing
   a)  Basic sewing techniques
   b)  Machine use to create pillows or drapes
11. Basic wiring
   a) Basic electrical process
   b)  Wiring a switch and a circuit
   c)  Soldering

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Homework and Class Assignments May Include:
1.  Read 10-25 pages of the text per week.
2.  Quizzes: One or more quizzes on assigned reading and/or safety issues.
3.  Read and analyze 2-3 assigned plays from a property designer's
   - Identify needed, and potential, props.
   - Develop a props list scene by scene.
   - Research the period of each play providing pictures/sketches.
   - Research the identified props within the play's period, providing
   - Create a strategy for accessing props, determining what properties
     should be bought, built and/or pulled from stock.
4.  Create props using demonstrated techniques:
   - Design one or more props from a play,
   - Build one or more props from techniques learned in class.
5.  Design Team Assignment:
   - Work in groups of 5-6 students to design the props for a play to
     simulate what it is like to collaborate as a design team.
   - Work with the team to construct one or more of the props designed.
6.  Attend 2-3 plays:
   - Write a short essay paper on each play, focusing on the props used.
7.  Prop Purchasing Assignment:
   - Research at least 2 purchasing sources for an assigned object or
   - Present findings to class, including price, availability and
     delivery information.
8.  Props Management Strategy Assignment:
   - Create a problem-solving strategy for organizing and managing props
     for a production, in theory or practical application.
   - Document the management strategy in a paper.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
2-3 essay papers. Strategy paper.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Props-Analysis/Research,Strategies, Purchasing
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 60%
Class performances, Design/Construct props.Team design/construct props
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 15%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Quizzes on readings/safety.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Theatre Props Handbook, by Thurston James, Players Press, 2000,
second edition.
Other books:
The Prop Builders Molding and Casting Handbook, by Thurston James,
Betterway Books, 1989.

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