Bethany Hastings MA Scenic Art
Artist knelt to the left of Large spray painting of white and yellow murano glass bowl

Bethany Hastings

Bethany Hastings

Bethany Hastings

MA Scenic Art

Bethany has always enjoyed painting, designing, and the visual arts, and graduated with a Bsc in Architecture from Cardiff University in 2017. Having worked in an architecture practice after graduating, she explored the option of pursuing a career which is more creative and hands-on, and was drawn to Scenic Art. On the MA course she has enjoyed developing her artistic skills and learning a whole range of scenic techniques, whilst working in a team and becoming acquainted with the workshop environment. Her credits in theatre productions include: Earthquakes in London (Bristol Old Vic), The Snow Queen (The Redgrave Theatre), Her Naked Skin (Circomedia), and The Laramie Project  (Bristol Old Vic). Bethany is excited to build upon her experience and knowledge as a scenic artist in her future endeavours.

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Close up of tudor lady's right hand pressed against her chest Scenic Art

Old Master Project

Bethany chose an Italian renaissance painting by Bronzino for the old master project. She particularly enjoyed this project as it was the first figurative image of a larger scale she had ever painted. She learnt many new ‘scenic’ techniques during the project, including the use of stencils to paint patterns on the dress, and trompe l’oeil to create shiny embellishment on the dress, necklace & tiara.

Painting of decorated wooden panel Scenic Art

Wonders of Wood

During lockdown, Bethany took part in an in-depth woodgraining project with teaching remotely by Alex McPherson. They were taught the qualities of different woods such as mahogany, oak, walnut and fir, and created samples of woodgraining patterns for each. For the final piece, Bethany chose an oak panel with walnut inlays, and a rosette in the centre. She enjoyed developing the design of the moulding & rosette through her own research & ideas, and succeeding with the challenge of a detailed trompe l’oeil final piece.

Large spray painting of white and yellow murano glass bowl Scenic Art

Spray Project: Orange Bowl

Bethany’s spray project was depicting a Murano orange glass bowl. The softness & subtlety of some of the reflections were created using wadding masks, giving shapes a lovely soft edge. She is pleased with the realistic and striking final image, and has improved her control and confidence in using a spray gun during this project.

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I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art