BY RACHEL LEINGANG
Film studies junior Samuel Johnson had never worn makeup before.
After taking theater professor Ricky Greenwellâ€™s principles of makeup for stage and film, Johnson not only knows how to apply stage makeup, but found a real-life application.
â€œI was badly hungover the day I had to act in a directing scene,â€ Johnson said, â€œand I had to use the corrective makeup to remove the bruises under my eyes. That was kind of awesome.â€
Greenwellâ€™s makeup class is tailored to theater students, but film students often take the class as well. Greenwell demonstrates techniques during one class period, then students do the applications themselves in the following class.
â€œItâ€™s structured on a core for what I see needed for theater students,â€ Greenwell said. â€œItâ€™s an introduction course, so Iâ€™m teaching students how to read their face, how to understand it, the contours.â€
Tutorials on basic fashion makeup, old age, thick and thin, animals and latex application have allowed art education senior Moriah Thielges to see the art in makeup application. She is considering incorporating it as an art teacher someday.
â€œI could see some of this, like the old age makeup and the animal makeup, would just be really fun and interesting for kids in an alternative media or intro to art class,â€ Thielges said. â€œItâ€™s very similar to painting or pastel.â€
Greenwell has been teaching at MSUM for seven years and has had makeup certification for over 15 years. He is still active as a professional makeup artist, doing commercial work, film shoots and work with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.
â€œHeâ€™s really helpful,â€ Johnson said. â€œHe knows what heâ€™s talking about. Itâ€™s pretty obvious that heâ€™s had experience with makeup as a professional, not just academically.â€
Thielges appreciates Greenwellâ€™s ability to advise during application days.
â€œHeâ€™ll come and look at you and say, â€˜This is how your face contour is working, maybe try these tips,â€™ because heâ€™s done it for years,â€ Thielges said. â€œHe knows how all the makeup acts on different peopleâ€™s faces.â€
For Greenwell, although other majors take his class, the focus is on professional development for theater majors.
â€œThe exercises are things that should be in their arsenal if they were presented with a character and had to reproduce it,â€ Greenwell said. â€œYou donâ€™t have a professional makeup artist as an actor. You are your professional makeup artist.â€
Principles of makeup for stage and film is offered in the spring. Advanced makeup, which teaches prosthetic appliances and is also taught by Greenwell, is offered on a rotating basis.
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