Sunday, June 3, 2012
The Family that "Plays" together
I was ask to built 6 soft flats and paint them for a friend who teaches at a school in Salem. Theater programs all over are suffering. I feel pretty honored to be ask to help. I look at this as an opportunity to teach. I invited some of the kids I know that are interested to help me. I have to admit, most of the people who are interested are actually related to me. teehee. We started be measuring carefully and pre-cutting everything for each flat. The flats were to be 4x8. We cut rails, the toggle, corner blocks, straps, and made nice neat little piles.
John came and brought his new toy... a compressor for Father's Day. :) Adam, a former student with a thirst for learning, glued the corner blocks in place and stapled them down.
Then they helped staple the toggles in place complete with angle braces and straps. These are very solid flats.
A few days later we started painting. Now this part takes longer with all the detail that was needed. First we chalked out the design.
I even got a chance to teach a couple different painting methods. Hannah learned about "scrubbing". This technique has you combine a couple different paint colors and then mixing them on the canvas.
Center set... Honestly, the best part of creating for the theater is that so many of my family members are coming along for the ride. It is a perfect activity since John and I met in a play. I love to direct. I love to design. I love to teach. My work at the HS allows me to roll most of the things I love into one great family activity!