Cobalt Studios Accepting Applicants for Two-Year Scenic Artist Training Program

by Jacob Coakley

Cobalt Studios two-year scenic artist program is now accepting applicantsEnrollment is open for the 2015-2017 Scenic Artist Training Program at Cobalt Studios. The program provides quality apprentice-style training for people interested in pursuing careers in scenic art. Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstrations, individualized projects and practice.

Ideal for students who are intent on becoming a Scenic Artist or for Design Students or Designers that want to become proficient scenic painters, this program offers the balance of technical skill-building class work and valuable portfolio-building apprenticeship-style training.

The 2-year program starts every other year.  The current class began in September 2013 and will graduate in May of 2015.  The next incoming class will start in September of 2015 and graduate in 2017.

The training at Cobalt is a combination of traditional apprenticeship systems and coursework. Each student's proficiency is assessed at the beginning of the program and the curriculum is adjusted to maximize the learning experience. Student's work directly with highly experienced scenic artists—either our resident staff or the many seasoned professional guest artist instructors from the industry.

Rachel Keebler, Master Scenic Artist and school's co-founder, is the primary instructor for the academic year. During the academic calendar, the students will participate in the Specialty Pro Seminars that Cobalt offers to the public to learn a specialized craft from other industry pros. These seminars offer the SATP student the very unique opportunity to not only study under an industry pro, but to work along side other scenic artists from around the country that are enrolled for the seminars along with them.

Upon completion of the course a student will be: well versed in the technology of paint; well practiced in layout and paint application techniques; and well aware of the management skills and attitudes necessary to successfully complete a professional job.

Students are taught techniques by example and then they execute them—first on their own individual projects and then by working as scenic artist trainees on Cobalt's commissioned projects. Students work directly on drops that will be used in legitimate theatre productions, which may be added to their individual portfolios.

Graduates leave this program with confidence, knowledge, skills, quality craftsmanship, and a portfolio that can propel them into a self-sustaining scenic painting career.