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Techniques to Create Scale Models

A course by Julieta La Valle
Sculptor, Filmmaker, and Art Director. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2018
, Sculptor, Filmmaker, and Art Director

Learn to craft a miniature universe, from the foundational structure to the final details

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (265)
  • 6785 students

Learn to craft a miniature universe, from the foundational structure to the final details

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (265)
  • 6785 students
  • 24 lessons (3h 36m)
  • 34 additional resources (24 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

When you build a miniature model, you bring an entire world to life using nothing but a floor plan and your imagination. Whether you're putting together a set for a stop-motion animation or a representation of an architectural design, model making is an art that captures the ideas roaming around your mind and expresses them in a tangible way.

In this course, learn to build a miniature model of a simple interior space using basic tools and techniques with the help of Julieta La Valle, expert set designer specialized in creating scale models and miniature worlds for audiovisual productions, photography, and advertising.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Design the project
  • U3
    U3. Space construction
  • U4
    U4. Furniture and accessories
  • U5
    U5. Assembling the model and photography
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Julieta as she describes her professional background, from her first steps in the world of model design to her latest personal and professional projects. Discover some of her main influences, particularly from the world of film.

Next, Julieta gives you an overview of the basic tools and materials you need to complete the course, indicating which are essential and which ones are optional.

No discussion on miniature models would be complete without an exploration of scaling. Julieta delves into this key topic, explaining how she uses scales in her work and teaching you how to use an architect's ruler to transform real-life measurements into an accurate scale that you can apply.

Begin designing your final project by collecting references, from other artists' illustrations and your own drawings to photos of an interior space.

Use this inspiration to draw floor plans and different views of your model. Julieta walks you through the process every step of the way, presenting several examples of her own projects to guide you.

Then it's time to get to work. Build the foundational structure of your model using your floor plans as a reference, before laying down the wood flooring.

Learn about the different types of materials you can apply to your walls, including latex paint, wallpaper, and tiling. Add the final touches, creating enclosures, moldings, and windows.

Once the structure is ready, continue by assembling your furniture, starting with a dresser and an upholstered armchair, and then crafting hand-drawn paper plants and accessories such as lamps, books, and posters to apply the finishing touches.

Wrap up by photographing the space you've created, applying Julieta's lighting tips to capture the perfect photo with any kind of light you have at home.

What is this course's project?

Build a miniature model of a simple interior space.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with lots of patience and a desire to learn.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary. Experience using Adobe Illustrator or AutoCAD would be helpful, but you can also draw your floor plans and patterns by hand.

You need basic tools, various types of glue, and other model-making materials that Julieta specifies in the course.


6785 Students
265 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Julieta La Valle

A course by Julieta La Valle

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Sculptor, Filmmaker, and Art Director

Julieta La Valle was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1985. She studied set design at EMAD and cinematography at La Universidad del Cine, specializing in the creation of miniature models, characters, and objects for animation, film, advertising, fashion, and art projects. She eventually founded her own studio, where she gives free rein to her creativity amidst massive worktables, colorful bits of paper, and an endless variety of tools.

She regularly collaborates with advertising agencies, production companies, publishing houses, photographers, branding agencies, and graphic-design studios, carrying out projects for renowned brands like IKEA, Vodafone, and Nintendo, as well as big-name celebrities such as Fito Páez.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What are we going to do?
  • U2

    Design the project

    • Blueprints
    • Inspiration and references
    • Scales
    • materials
  • U3

    Space construction

    • Walls II
    • Enclosures and moldings II
    • Enclosures and moldings I
    • Walls I
    • Floors II
    • I floors
    • General Structure II
    • General Structure I
  • U4

    Furniture and accessories

    • Furniture I
    • Furniture II
    • Furniture III
    • Furniture IIII
    • Plants
    • Accessories I
    • Accessories II
  • U5

    Assembling the model and photography

    • Photography
    • Assemble space
  • FP

    Final project

    • Techniques for model building

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Techniques to Create Scale Models. Craft, Architecture, and Spaces course by Julieta La Valle Best seller

Techniques to Create Scale Models

A course by Julieta La Valle
Sculptor, Filmmaker, and Art Director. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (265)
  • 6785 students