Summer Scene Painting

Summer Scene Painting
Instructor: Rachel J. Downs
Class Dates and Times: June 7, 8 and 9 from 8AM-5PM
Location: WSU Scene Shop
Cost: $250

WSU Fine Arts Institute now offers scenic painting classes for working professionals! Whether you teach theatre, do theatre for fun, are a student, or just want to learn large scale painting techniques, this class will be loads of fun!

Stretch and paint your own 4’x8’ theatrical flat in this totally interactive scenic painting workshop! In three days, this workshop will cover building theatrical flats, stretching and sizing, paint mixing, color matching, and numerous different painting techniques. Learn how to paint foliage, landscapes, weathered wood, and skies quickly and efficiently! All students will take home their work.

Rachel Downs is a local scenic artist and faux finisher who makes her living painting scenery, murals, and doing custom finishes in homes and businesses. She has a BA in Theatre and Communications, and has trained at Cobalt Studios, Prismatic Painting Studios, ArtiMatrix, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Faux Retreat. She has painted over 100 backdrops and designed over 100 productions for local theatres. Check out more at

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Class will begin each day at 8:30 AM and end at 5PM. We will take a lunch break from 12:30-1:30 and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Classes will take place in the WSU scene shop, which is located on the west side of Miller Concert Hall. Remember, you get to take home what you paint!

Stay tuned for more upcoming classes with Rachel!

1 empty bucket
2”, 3”, and 4” chip brushes
1 large lay-in brush
Assorted scenic brushes
1 tape measure
1 yard stick
1 notebook and pen
2-3 rags
Paint Clothes