Visual Metaphors in Scenic Design: Activity

As part of a study of how visual metaphors are used in set design, class members examine an image of designer Josef Svoboda's 3-D scale model for the opera Idomeneo, re` di Creta. They then find another example that employs a visual metaphor and comment on what they see as the significance of the visual.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups create a maquette for a play of their choosing that contains a visual metaphor
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should be familiar with the many facets of set design
Pros
  • Links are provided to images of other maquettes
Cons
  • None