Browser-Based Light Labs

gobo lab preview

Demonstrating theatrical lighting in an educational environment takes a lot of setup.  I have some standard lectures where I take my entire class down to one of our theatres and spend the class powering different instruments on and off while change their colors and experimenting with gobos and direction.

That sort of hands-on learning is essential, but sometimes you need to be able to talk about lighting design concepts without the labor of setting up a lab environment.  Sometimes you can’t spare an entire class period.

Even more, students need to be able to do some experimentation on their own.    Most of them cannot just walk into the stage-right wing of the theatre, hot-patch an instrument or two, and just play.

About fifteen years ago, I built a set of online virtual light labs.  They have served lots of people really well over the years, but they were limited.  They were built for the internet of 2004.        I have been going through each of those labs, one at a time, and updating them to contemporary usefulness.

The full set of labs are available below, as well on this site:  http://scenicandlighting.com/academic/light-labs-and-more/ .

 

The gobo lab online
The gobo lab online
The lighting color lab
The lighting color lab
The Proscenium & Dance Lighting Lab online
The Proscenium & Dance Lighting Lab online
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    Matt Kizer

    Matt Kizer lives with his wife and son in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He is the resident scenic and lighting designer for Plymouth State University, where he has been the head of the design and technology program since 1996. He designs for theate and dance companies, tours, and colleges in many parts of the Unites States. He serves as a regular designer for Auburn University in Alabama. He served as faculty lighting designer for Operafestival Di Roma in Italy, where he designed lighting for L’elisir di amore and The Magic Flute, both produced with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ International Chamber Ensemble at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in central Rome. He has designed for dance and movement in Potsdam, Germany at T-Werk in Schiffbauergasse with A-Fortiorni.He holds a BA in Theatre from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Design from The Ohio State University. He serves on the International Activities Committee for the United States ... Read Full