When the lights dip and the first tremulous chords of the orchestra begin, we can’t help but sit forward in our theatre seats in eager anticipation. Yes, this dimly-lit room will be our fantasy playground for the next hour or so, where we watch fantastical tales unfold with fairy-tale characters and stirring music.

So many of our students dream of being centre-stage; singing, dancing and performing for an enthralled audience. Yet there are others who you will never see, but who are central to the magical creations that you see on-stage. These are our theatre production artists.

Where Art Meets Art

We believe that the stars of the performing arts cannot function as effectively without the support of the theatre production art specialists. Everything you see on the stage during a performance has been specifically made and positioned to create the most authentic look and feel for the production, to set the mood and act as props to enable the actors to weave their story.

Theatre production art includes more than just painting a beautiful background. A student may wish to specialise in:

  • Set Design
  • Set Construction
  • Scenic Painting

Specialising in Scenic Painting

Creating a convincing scene requires more than a little skill and a combination of artistic talents. Theatre production art draws from most painting techniques in order to create the realistic look required. For example:

Landscape Painting.

As the name suggests, landscape art usually consists of natural scenery such as mountains, forests, fields and beaches, including sky and weather elements to add to the mood. These backgrounds offer context and dimension to a production.


Literally meaning, “to deceive the eye” skilled artists make good use of trompe-lóeil to create optical illusions and add perspective. Murals depicting the interior of a house would make good use of this technique to depict walls, doors and windows.

Forced Perspective

Along similar lines as trompe-lóeil, forced perspective manipulates scale to create optical illusions which can turn a flat wall into a bustling city street, or a flight of stairs.

Besides these painting techniques, theatre production art makes use of woodwork, crafts, plasterwork, gilding or sculpting to produce a beautifully believable scene on stage.

So, if your artistic talents lie more in scenery than singing, we’d love to chat with you and introduce you to our team of artists who can take you to the next level.