Profession scenic painter

Scenic painters decorate sets for live performances. They employ a broad variety of crafting and painting techniques such as figurative painting, landscape painting and Trompe-l'œil to create convincing scenes. Their work is based on artistic vision, sketches and pictures. They work in close cooperation with the designers.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising
  • Artistic / Realistic

Skills

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Maintain workshop space

    Keep your workshop space in working order and clean.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Define set painting methods

    Define painting methods and materials.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Transfer designs

    Transfer designs into specific materials.

  • Adapt sets

    Adapt and move set pieces during rehearsals and live performances.

  • Prevent fire in a performance environment

    Take steps to prevent fire in a performance environment. Make sure the space complies with fire safety rules, with sprinklers and fire extinguishers installed where necessary. Make sure staff are aware of fire prevention measures.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Paint sets

    Painting set constructions and stage props.

  • Use genre painting techniques

    Use a genre or academic painting and drawing techniques.

  • Maintain theatre equipment

    Check up on, maintain and repair tools and machinery used for onstage purposes, such as lighting equipment, stage sets or scene-change machinery.

  • Maintain theatre sets

    Install, check, maintain and repair stages and sets.

Optional knowledge and skills

promote yourself manage technical resources stock manage consumables stock plan workshop activity support a designer in the developing process use moulding techniques keep personal administration perform first fire intervention develop professional network organise workshop space