Applied Art and Design in the Film Industry

Live from Philadelphia, United States

Ever wonder who creates the paintings and props we see in films? Who designs the sets? How does the art department fit in the puzzle of a film production?

On Thursday, July 30, at 12 PM EDT, join VAWAA Artist Clarissa, a career artist and two-decade veteran of the film industry, for an informational presentation about the many different roles of artists and craftspeople in this industry. Through a visual slideshow, some fun, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and an enthusiastic journey through the working of a film production, this talk will look at what a production crew is made up of, who does what, and how the Art Department contributes to the final production. And finally, some resources for those thinking of heading that way.

Come join in and youll never see films the same way again! No prior experience required, all levels welcome.

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How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send you the link and details to join via email a few hours before it begins.

About Clarissa

Clarissa is a fine artist with a background of almost twenty years working in the film industry as a scenic artist. In fact, the cover image you see is from Boardwalk Empire, a production and set that she worked on! She studied film and fine arts in art school, university, and through many studios around New York. Her paintings are largely inspired by cinematography, photography and other issues of filmmaking, which examines all the ways that elements of film pertain to painting - composition, visual cues, symbolic use of color, lighting/value.

Clarissa’s work embodies the same spirit of visual storytelling, and she loves nothing more than talking about film and pop culture and how it relates to art history.

Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.


"This is the kind of learning experience you never want to end. Clarissa is a knowledgable, experienced and inspiring teacher. You can't help but have fun while you're learning. I highly recommend her classes!" - Joyce

"Fascinating subject presented by a delightful and knowledgeable artist who clearly loves her subject." - Jennifer

"Thoroughly enjoyed. With Clarissa it is easy to stay present as one would not want to miss a word as she has much to share and does so in an easy, experienced, manner as she is passionate about her topic. Classes are readily accessible for all audiences to understand. Insightful. I applied my learnings to a self portrait I was working on. This is a class I would enjoy every week for a long while and an immersion would be great.  HIGH MARKS!" - Lisa

"Clarissa is an excellent storyteller. I learned so much and really enjoyed the process." - Autumn

"Clarissa has a great way to deliver the material that highlights different context." - Fransisca

Sessions are ticketed to support artists, makers and our small team. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out. We may have a generous participant who has paid it forward and would ask that you pay the love forward by sharing online sessions with 3 new friends.