Short Courses for Adults

Introduction to Prop Making

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Beginner, age 18+

  • Dates

    Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 July 2024 (book now!)

    Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 August, 2024 (sold out)

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost


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The intensive, 3-day Introduction to Prop Making course has been designed as a practical exploration of different techniques to create larger-than-life props. The workshop will cover essential skills like carpentry, laser cutting, sculpting, casting and mould-making. Learning will take place in a supportive, hands-on environment where you learn the art of prop making from experienced professionals.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The support and feedback available from your tutor will help you develop your talent and confidence to create your own props.

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Learn how to use hand tools and workshop machines, and construct a stool using mortise and tenon joints;

Sculpt an animal in clay, create a one-part mould in plaster, and reproduce the sculpt in latex;

Work at scale to create larger than life food props – create a sculpt, learn how to use silicone to cast the sculpt and reproduce the object with tinted fast cast resins.

This is a full-time, three-day course, running from 10:00 to 16:00. This course is taught in our workshops at Downside Road.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student