Unit in Theatrical Make-up by Katie Glide

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Students practice and strengthen skills that they may have already learned in previous performances requiring theatrical makeup or day to day appliance of makeup. Students will also select their choice of fantasy makeup design and create their makeup schematic upon their faces for a final presentation and submission. Students will grow in understanding the influences of a different makeup techniques and how the makeup design affects the audience’s interpretation of a character and provides further understanding of the people’s important characteristics within the show.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Designing, Producing
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, make up, technical theatre, characterization
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard: #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr1.1.I.a. a. Apply basic research to construct ideas about the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr2.1.I.b. Investigate the collaborative nature of the actor, director, playwright, and designers and explore their interdependent roles in a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr5.1.I b. Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.
Anchor Standard: #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH: Re7.1.I.a. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.

National Core Arts Standards © 2015 State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) on behalf of NCCAS. All rights reserved. www.nationalartsstandards.org

This curricular unit is one of  fourteen created by pre-service Theatre Education students in methods classes taught by Dr. Mary Schuttler, Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.  All units were piloted in Colorado schools as a part of the student coursework.   The units were then adjudicated by teams of benchmarkers from EdTA–veteran teachers and troupe directors from our membership.   All curricular units are aligned to Colorado state standards for Theatre Education and all have been cross mapped to the National Core Theatre Standards. Each unit contains the following sections:

  • Map & Calendar showing required time for instruction
  • Detailed demographics for the piloting school
  • Unit goals, standards and lesson objectives
  • Day to day lesson plans
  • Suggested supporting materials
  • Pre and Post Assessments
  • Analysis of Assessment results from pilot
  • Additional guided activities and connections

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Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 10: Unit in Theatrical Makeup by Katie Glide

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