Christiane Gagnon has a Bachelor's degree in Plastic Arts from Concordia University and has been working as a scenic artist in film, theatre and television since 1983. She has contributed to the design and creation of sets on more than thirty films as well as for a few commercials. The artist has taken part in several public art projects, including some major ones, such as the painting of the 60,000 square feet of artificial rocks at the Montreal Biodôme, exotic sets in the Oceanic Greenhouse at the Québec City Zoo, decorative and educational murals at the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden of Montréal and the Aquaclub. She has designed and presented several plastic arts workshops to groups of all ages.
The artist wants to introduce students to the techniques of scenic painting used in the sets of movies, theatre and television. Students will create faux-finis effects (imitation of wood, brick, stone, granite, marble, etc.), trompe-l'oeil effects (interior and exterior scenery on cardboard and backdrops) and patines (aging and special effects), which will be used to produce a realistic 3D set. Participants will begin by experimenting individually with all of these techniques in small format and will keep a portfolio of their work as a reference. As a group, students will design and build on a larger scale panels of various age periods and styles (faux-finis, trompe-l'oeil effects) which are joinable in various ways. In so doing, they will create environments and moods to support the subject matter chosen, which can serve as a starting point for theatrical improvisation and the creation of new stories. The group will see how scenic painting transforms a white flat wall into a stunning illusion of reality.
The workshop requires various non-reusable materials, at a maximum cost of $100 per day (to be determined according to the number of students, the duration of the project, and the materials available at school).
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