Maker Camps: Costume and Theatre Set Design

Attention young makers and tech-savvy students!

Work in a real makerspace and explore the world of theatre. This collaboration between Bas Bleu Theatre, Yendra Built, and Fort Collins Creator Hub brings together theatre design, traditional wood and metal fabrication, and modern maker technology.

See how professional craftsman Zach Yendra approaches furniture building projects or how Summer Reeves brings video game characters to life with costumes. Two-week day camps will be hosted at the Fort Collins Creator Hub and the Yendra Built fabrication studio, providing a unique array of skilled makers, technology, and tools.

This camp is geared toward older students entering grades 7-12 because of the machinery involved, but no previous experience is required. It will be offered as two discrete sessions:

     – Costume Design and Leathercraft will be held from 9:00am – 12:30pm.

     – Set Design and Woodworking will be held from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

In Costume Design students will have the opportunity to learn digital design and to use a laser cutter to cut their pieces in leather.  In Set Design students will gain training in the safe use of woodworking tools, giving them skills to create objects both artistic and pragmatic – skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce.  See extended descriptions for the courses below.

Students that enroll in both morning and afternoon camps will receive a discount.  A maker showcase hosted by Bas Bleu Theatre at the end of the camp will allow students to show friends and family their costume and set pieces on stage!

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Joseph Miller at 970.310.6029, or email joseph.miller@txrxlabs.org.

Costume Design and Leathercraft

In the morning Costume Design and Leathercraft session, students will learn to create leather clothing and costume pieces using both modern techniques such as laser cutting and traditional skills such as hand-tooling and embossing. The design process will be a focus, as students will identify objectives for their piece, sketch out designs by hand or using CAD, add detail with tooling, mold the leather, and finish with dye and paint. Thus, students will learn the skills that are commonly used to make belts, wallets, and saddles, but in this course, they will be encouraged to create theatre costume elements such as masks, chest pieces, and shoulder pauldrons.

Dates: June 5-16 and June 19-30

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Cost: $250 for two weeks, $215 if taken with Set Design / Woodworking

Set Design and Woodworking

The afternoon Set Design and Woodworking session will provide the opportunity to design functional, physical objects and then fabricate them with professional woodworking tools. The design process will be crucial, especially because students must consider structural integrity and consider load bearing strength. Students will learn how to safely operate power woodworking tools that will give them a solid foundation that can be used to custom build common domestic items such as bookshelves, picture frames, tables, and planter boxes, but students will be encouraged to collaborate with the Bas Bleu acting camp to add props to their set pieces.

Dates: June 5-16 and June 19-30

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: $250 for two weeks, $215 if taken with Costume Design / Leathercraft