Luis Ramirez, Scenic & Lighting Designer


Scene Painting class members will meet for the following scheduled sessions:


Monday       12:30-1:20 pm                                                       Introduction, project assignments

Wednesday 12:30-1:20 pm      Panels primed & marked             Demo/paint scumbles

Wednesday 8:30-10:30 pm      Both scumbles dry                      Paint wood grain, stones, foliage

Friday         12:30-1:20 pm      Highlights & shadows                  View/discuss projects

It is assumed that the majority of class work will be done during class hours.  However, some “homework” time will be required to complete the prepared assignment for each session.

If you need access to tools or paint to work on a project for class, check with David Galloway in the shop. You should make an effort to mix all colors in class.


Paint will be available to you during class hours. Every time you open a can of paint you should stir it up thoroughly before using it, even if it does not look necessary. Replace all lids when you are done.  If you empty a metal can of color, fill the can with water and place it in the sink so that it can more easily be cleaned out at the end of class.  We can always use more buckets, so let's re-use the empty cans.

A ladle will be provided to remove the amount of paint that you need and put it into your containers. Do not pour paint from the cans, it wastes paint and makes a mess. After using any spoons or ladles, place them in a bucket of water in the sink.  Keeping them in water will make it easier for clean up at the end of class.

You will probably need to provide your own paint containers with lids. There will be a limited number supplied to you. Place your name on each container with permanent marker on masking tape. Be aware that you are totally responsible for cleaning out all of the containers you use when class is over on Friday.


Each member of the painting class is responsible for preparing his or her own project panels. After you have primed your panels, write your name in permanent marker on the back of the panels.

A bucket of primer paint will be available for your use.  Please replace the lid when you are done with this paint so that it will not dry out.


The shop is to be cleaned after each class period.  If you are working on stage or in the shop after hours, you are expected to leave them in clean condition, without containers of paint and equipment left lying around.

Class panels are to be stored in the designated area.  If your project is wet, please return it to our area as soon as possible, when it has dried. Be sure that all tools and equipment have been accounted for and replaced in their proper location.  Any panel that is left out of our area is subject to being used or damaged.


If you need help outside of class time, I am available to work with you. Please call my cell phone 936-371-1438, or see me in the theatre office or at Loyd.





Luis Ramirez,Scenic & Lighting Designer

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 3-5:00 PM

Types of Theatre Drawings

USITT Graphic Standards

Using a Scale Ruler

VW Preferences & Workspaces

Editing Attributes

Organizing Your Drawing

Set origin command

Creating 2D Objects

Undo command

Viewing Your Drawing

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 6-8:00 PM

Editing Objects

Combining Objects

Recording Measurements

Using Resource Browser

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 8-10:00 PM

Working with Layers

2D Tools Palette

            zoom                lines & arcs            ellipses/circles

            rectangles         polygons                polylines

            symbols            text                       reshape tool

            offset tool

Attributes Palette

            Fills                  lines                      colors

Object Info Palette

            class                layer                      shape

            dimension X, Y                               location X, Y

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 9:00AM-12:00 PM

Dimensions on drawings

Duplicate command

Duplicate Array command

Group/ungroup command


Move commands




Rotate tool

Paste command

Paste in Place command

Rotate command

            Preset Rotation Angles                    Custom rotation

Scale command

Add/subtract surfaces

            Trim tool           Clip surface tool       Connect/combine tool

Importing/Exporting Files

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 1:00-3:30 PM

Creating 3D Objects

Extruding Objects 

            Object tools                  Custom extrudes

3D Views

Cutting 3D Sections

3D Models

            Walk-through Tool          Fly-over Tool

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 3:30-5:00 PM

Finish Student Projects