CAS Week 2018

Renaissance College

Category: HKAPA: Props

Day 5 24/11/17 Friday

Writer: Naomi
Today was our last day at HKAPA. I think that this week at HKAPA has been a challenging process for me. As i mentioned before, DT is one of my weakest points in academics, however, I chose to do exactly DT for CAS week. I think that considering that props are such a huge part of theatre and I want to learn more about theatre, I should know what it is like from a first hand perspective. During CAS week, we got to see how the arts students assemble things and how the step to step process is like. It was quite challenging for me to go through with a lot of the things i did, I tried many new things. I worked how to use the bandsaw and saw many techniques that I never knew I could do on the bandsaw. I created a sword during my week and used the bandsaw on my own. Jeremy was also very helpful to me as he helped both Josh and I everyday when we didn’t know what to do and checked up on us from time to time but also let us create products that we wanted. Overall, I believe that this CAS week at HKAPA was both challenging and rewarding for both Josh and I.

Day 2: 21/11/17 Monday

Writers: Naomi and Josh

Josh:
Today I carried on working on my gauntlet, first cutting out the straps and then preparing everything to go and recolour it. At first I discussed if it was possible to dye the glove I was using the correct colour but our supervisor Jeremy told me that it was a hard and lengthy process. So in the end, we decided to just go and spray paint it. Spray painting was messy and something new to me. It was quite fun to do so, though. Apart from that, we took a visit to see what goes on in the theatre and up on the grid. It was a very pleasant experience as the atmosphere and the inner workings of the system was very interesting to look at. Overall, it was a relaxed day that was quite fun.

Naomi:
Today we carried on with our gauntlets. I spent time cutting out some of the materials for the gauntlet. Our supervisor Jeremy spent some time with us to take us backstage to show us what goes on. Currently, some students are preparing for a Cantonese Opera and we got to see some of the rehearsal. This was really valuable information for me to take in because as I am doing theatre HL, i learn about everything and how directors, light directors, sound directors, stage directors, actors, etc. work and what they think like in order to make their stage look the best. After that we went back to our gauntlets, for me I spray painted for the first time. It was a very exciting experience and I think that it’s definitely something that i enjoyed my time doing. The inner working of the workshops and how many steps there actually is to go through to create a product is amazing and definitely adds to information that will be helpful for me later in my theatre course.

Day 1: 20/11/17 Monday

Writers: Naomi and Josh

Josh:
Today we got straight into planning out what to make. At first we had little to no idea, but then we remembered certain gloves/gauntlets that we saw before that we thought were cool. So then we both decided to create some gauntlets. I decided to play with aspects of a glove that is more unconventional including asymmetry, feathers and lots of straps. It may be fairly complex to create the glove so hopefully I will be able to pull through. I decided on what materials to use, and the general colours of the design. It was a fairly fun experience and I learnt a lot about what kind of options and limitations are available to people working in the props department.

Naomi:
On this day we first started out doing our designs. Josh and I both decided that we wanted to make gauntlets. At first, we didn’t really know what we wanted to do, i think that made me nervous because i thought that I would spend a lot of time thinking about it instead of actually making the product. But it proved to be easy as I remembered about a gauntlet that i saw on our prior trip to HKAPA. I really wanted to do this gauntlet because I think I will do things that I most likely won’t do back in school. Because at school, during D.T, we would already have so many restrictions on what to make (most of the products had to be sustainable and to meet a client’s requirements instead of ours). I think that day was a fairly good start to our week.

Day 0: 16/11/17 Thursday

Writers: Naomi and Josh

Naomi:
Before we actually went to HKAPA for CAS week on Monday, we were given a chance to go visit on 10th November so we know what we were doing. While were we doing the tour, there were a lot of things that were interesting and quickly figured out that this was going to be similar to DT at school. I think that this will be very challenging to me because I was not the best at DT at school and I’m not sure about a lot when it comes to DT.

Although, I found that it might be good for me because as a theatre HL student, it will definitely help me in my course (because we learn about all aspects of theatre). Even though all of this will be very challenging to me, I think the most challenging aspect will be actually making a product. Because there are no projects that we can help out on right now, Jeremy told us that we were able to do what we wanted with the props, I think that it’ll be challenging for me just to think of I would like to focus on but i think that throughout the week I will start to enjoy it more.

Josh:
Our prior visit to HKAPA was an eye-opening insight to what to expect. The environment we were presented with was open and seems to be something that would allow us to be very creative. After the introduction with Jeremy, it seems like we can make a prop of our choice. This is something I am definitely looking forward to. I immediately started brainstorming. I’ve never been great at DT but it has always interested me. Because of this, I want to create something more on the small scale and fairly easy. I am looking forward to having the creative freedom and truly trying to express myself through my work.

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