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ERIC Number: ED147899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 10
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Communication vs Realism for the Learning Designer.
Caldwell, George
In theatrical production, skillful design is effective communication. A study of audience response to nine drama settings gives positive evidence that the successful designer creates "signposts and symbols" that communicate instantaneously to the observer. The setting is a message. All of the scenic elements must be unified in a clear and concise way. Although realism is the most popular style for the learning designer, it is not always effective in conveying the overt or underlying messages of the playwright. Realism is the most difficult style to do well, because it requires significant knowledge of the drama itself and a background in art in order to make the proper selection of the most communicative tint or motif. Therefore, beginners should concentrate effort on developing an appreciation of abstract art, as well as probing the other styles of scenic design. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Chicago, Illinois, August 14-17, 1977)