Build It

Grades 7 & 8

6-7 days

Focus Questions:

  1. How important is a set design?
  2. Can the same set be used for every play?

Instructional Resources:

  • The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain
  • Pencils
  • Drawing Paper
  • Rulers (or Architect’s Scales if available)
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Foam Board, Cardboard, Balsa Wood or other building materials


Choose a production from a Icon Shaw Festival season (143.6 KB). Read a synopsis of the play. Research the play further if needed. Write a few paragraphs about what the setting of this play is. Choose a scene to design a set for. First complete a scale drawing of the set and then build a model. 

Useful links:

Download Icon Build It (168.3 KB) Classroom Activity (PDF)

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