Scenery Painting for a Living
Who are the courses aimed at?
How many students per course?
How do I apply?
Will this help me get work?
What tools will I need?
For some, Fine Art graduates for instance, this is their first experience of painting scenery. Some Theatre Design graduates and have had limited experience of scenic art already. Some have taken degrees in other areas of the arts such as product design, Illustration and Textile Design. One or two have taken less arty degrees, Stage Management for example, and some have no degree.
To Book a course, go to “Booking a Course” and use the form at the bottom of the page. You will receive an invoice for a deposit payment. This is for one third the price of the course and should be paid straight away to secure your place. You will also get a balance invoice which should be paid before the course starts.
Here are some of the scenery companies where students have found work.
All Scene All Props, Set UP Scenery, Souvenir Scenic Studios ,
Terry Murphy Scenery, Factory Setting, Capital Scenery,
Shakespeare's Globe, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Spur Creative, Clockwork Scenery, Object Construction, Chris Clark Studio, Millington Associates, The Royal Opera House, ITV Studios (Mr Selfridge) Rocket Scenery and Fisher Productions
Scenic Artist or Scenic Painter?
What is a Scenic's Role?
Is it creative work?
Can it be a full time job?
Am I too old to re-train
Is it a rewarding job?
It goes without saying that scenic painting is not a nine to five job. Workshops generally start work at 8am and work until five or six but if a show is due to be finished at the end of the week you may be asked to work long hours to get the work done. Each workplace is different.
Someone who is mid career and starting from scratch may not be able to afford to do this. If you can afford to compete with college leavers and you have the same willingness to learn and the right attitude then there is no reason why not.
While scenic painting will not make you rich, it can be a rewarding way to make a living with a paintbrush.
Please click on the headings and questions above for more information about the courses and scenic painting for a living.