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Performance Makeup

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2014
Fain Fine Arts Center
Days & Times

TR 11:00 - 12:20 pm

Elizabeth James Lewandowski (view Profile)


Course Objectives


To develop skills in the application of stage make-up.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 2:  Employability

To develop an understanding of the basic tools of stage make-up.

            Theatre Learning Outcome 2:  Employability

To develop skills in the design of stage make-up.

             Theatre Learning Outcome 2:  Employability

            Theatre Learning Outcome 3:  Theoretical/Conceptual Knowledge and Application

            General Education Learning Outcome 3:  Critical Thinking

Grading Standards




Attendance and participation                                                 100 points

Make-up morgue                                                                    150

Exercises                                                                                 100

Corrective make-up                                                                  50

Beauty make-up                                                                        50

Extremely fat make-up                                                             50

Extremely thin make-up                                                           50

Twenty years older make-up                                                    50

Forty years older make-up                                                       50

Extreme old age make-up                                                        50

Crepe hair make-up                                                                  50

Horror/gore make-up                                                               50

Fantasy make-up                                                                       50

Portfolio                                                                                  150

                                                                                    Total points = 1000


Final Exam 05/06/2014 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Submission Format Policy


Character Analysis Guidelines


When analyzing your character, carefully consider and write out the following.  You may use an outline form, but you must write in complete sentences.

  1.  Name of character
  2. Age of character
  3. Race of character and how that is a factor
  4. Gender of character and how that is a factor
  5. Environmental influences
  6. Time period in which the character lives
  7. Personality of the character
  8. Health of the character
  9. How the above listed information impacts your design of the make-up.  Be specific!  This is usually where students fail to adequately complete the analysis.


Requirements for Make-up Designs


When preparing a make-up design, do the following.

  1.  Choose a character from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, unless otherwise directed.
  2. Write a character analysis using the guidelines shown above.
  3. Find and provide a minimum of 6 color pictures with faces that are no smaller than 4 inches tall.  Pixilated pictures are not acceptable.  Pictures must be appropriate to the character’s age, race and gender.
  4. Create a list of changes to be made to your face to demonstrate the character.
  5. Using your headshot, draw front and side views of the character.
  6. Prepare the continuity chart for the application.


Before you will be allowed to practice your make-up design in class, you must show the following to the professor.  Failure to do so will result in a 0 and an unexcused absence for the day, not being allowed to practice your design in class and being asked to leave the classroom.

  1.  Character analysis
  2. Minimum of 6 color pictures *
  3. List of changes
  4. Front and side designs
  5. Continuity chart

*Note regarding color printing:  The department is under no obligation to provide students with a venue for color printing.  Color ink will not be provided in the student lab (B120) nor will you be able to print color pictures in the college office.  Get a color printer or put your pictures on a thumb drive and go to Kinkos or Office Depot and pay to print them (very cheap – around 50 cents a page).  Black and white pictures, pixilated pictures or pictures printed without one color (“But I ran out of yellow toner!”) will not be accepted.  You may opt to turn your pictures in on a flash/thumb drive but if you choose this route you MUST have a computer/pad on which to observe your pictures during the make-up application.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy


            You are expected to do the assignments when they are assigned.  Failure to do so will result in an inability to grow as an artist.  All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline.  Late assignments will not be accepted.


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



            You are expected to attend all classes.  Since lectures expand on assignments, missing class means missing important information.  This class is, by its nature, participatory.  Missing class means missing the chance to participate in your own education and the education of others in class.  Attendance is taken at the beginning of class.  The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late.  The professor reserves the right to drop a student from the class who is frequently absent or tardy.  If you need to miss class due to a religious holiday, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.  If you need to miss class due to university-sponsored events, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.  You will be required to complete the assigned work on or before the due date and you will be required to submit an official form from the university before your absence.  Please note that work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, hangovers, intramural games, visitors from out of town, fixing your roommate’s computer, fraternity/sorority events, arguments with significant others and studying for other classes do NOT constitute excused absences.


Other Policies


            Dishonest work on homework is a serious offense, as is plagiarism.  The university and the professor will not tolerate either.  If either occurs, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.


            Many of us own and use cell phones as our major method of electronic communication.  Students are expected to turn off their cell phones when entering the classroom.  Under no circumstances are cell phones to be answered during class.  This includes voice mail, calls and texts.  Should the student need to take an emergency call, the professor expects the student to leave the room and not return, minimizing disruptions for the remaining students.  Before class begins, ensure that cell phones are turned off or set on vibrate.  Better yet – leave the phone at home!  If other commitments are so pressing that they cannot wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority placed on being in the class.  In any case, the professor reserves the right to ask you to leave immediately or to otherwise mercilessly embarrass you if your phone makes noise during class.


            Students with disabilities or who are in need of special arrangements should see the professor as early as possible in the semester.  Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the students must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request.


            Should there be a need to alter the number of assignments/presentations/tests, the professor will explain at that time how this will change the grading for the semester.


Students are expected to behave in a manner appropriate for a college classroom.  Students that repeatedly interrupt class will be dropped from the class.  Additional guidelines for appropriate behavior can be found in the MSU Student Handbook.


            You are required to have your own make-up kit and to be prepared for class each day.  You may use a locker in the make-up room to store your kit (MSU is NOT responsible for those items stored in an unlocked locker.)  If you need additional time for class work, you may, when appropriate, arrive early or stay late.


            You are expected to document each of your make-up projects this semester.  Do not throw out or otherwise destroy any paperwork related to your design work.  You are expected to take quality photographs of your graded projects (digital photography is preferred).  Don’t take these hastily.  Be sure you check each photo before you remove your make-up – you should not use any blurred photographs.  Do not rely on friends to take/store your pictures for you!  You will need this documentation for your final project.  The professor will not “forgive” the final project if your phone “forgets” your pictures.  Store them in multiple places!  Failure to keep photographs or paperwork on any project(s) will result in a lower grade on the portfolio.


Privacy Policy

 In accordance with Federal Privacy Laws a student’s personal information is protected.  As an instructor it is unlawful for me to share your personal information (including grades) with anyone unless I have written consent.  This means I will not be able to discuss your grades with parents.  If you have questions about your grades or have forgotten the grading policy for the course please come by during office hours.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at