Course Series in Costume Specialties

Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is pleased to offer a series of hands-on courses in Costume Specialties this spring. These courses offer creative artists from any field – including theatre, fashion, textile, and visual arts – an opportunity to explore and develop creative practice in a studio setting.

UPCOMING COURSES: Spring/Summer 2017
The following non-credit courses will be offered in evening classes at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto:

Costume Painting and Dyeing (CDTH 460)
19.5 hours, $484.88
An introduction to dyeing and fabric painting. Experiment with a multitude of techniques and explore historical and theatrical applications. Topics may include resist dyeing techniques, silk screening, stamping, stenciling, silk painting, marbling, and costume breakdown.
Scheduling: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., May 1–24, 2017

Costume Specialty Building (CDTH 461)
19.5 hours, $484.88
Experiment with a variety of materials and techniques used in the creation of specialty costumes. Topics may include techniques and methods used in the application of leather, wire, foam, buckram, crin/horsehair ribbon, feathers and metallics in the creation of armour, soft sculpture, puppets, masks, millinery, and accessories.
Scheduling: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., May 2–25, 2017

Costume Surface Design (CDTH 462)
19.5 hours, $484.88
An introduction to creating texture and decoration with fabric and trims. Experiment with creating fabric texture, embellishments, and unique yardages. Topics may include the use of dissolvable stabilizers, smocking, slashing, fabric flowers, ribbon work, frogging, appliqué, and incorporating alternative objects into surface design.
Scheduling: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., May 29–June 19, 2017

These courses can be taken individually or as part of The Chang School’s Course Series in Costume Specialties. There are no prerequisites and courses can be taken in any order. No previous experience is required for any of the courses. Suitable for people interested in pursuing theatrical training part-time, costume and cosplay artists wishing to expand their skill set, and artisans wishing to gain alternative techniques and knowledge to incorporate into their own practice, classes will begin with a short lecture and demonstration followed by hands-on exercises.

Instructor: Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston is a costume designer who has been designing and building costumes for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Theatre Production/Design from York University and an MA in Fashion from Ryerson University.

Skills Category: Artistic/Creative
Course Start Date: May 01, 2017
Course End Date: Jun 19, 2017
Format: In-Person
Venue Name: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto
Course Provider: Ryerson University
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