Techniques to Create Scale Models

A course by Julieta La Valle
Sculptor, director and art director. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2018
, Sculptor, director and art director

Learn to create a miniature universe from the general structure to the last detail

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (171)
  • 4176 students
Techniques to Create Scale Models

Learn to create a miniature universe from the general structure to the last detail

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (171)
  • 4176 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 24 Lessons (3h 36m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Building miniature scenarios is creating worlds that only live in your head and on a plane. Either for an animation production in stop motion or for the representation of an architectural design, the construction of models is an art that helps to project ideas and make them tangible.

In this course you will learn to build a model of a simple interior space using basic techniques and tools from Julieta La Valle, a specialist in the creation of models and miniature worlds for audiovisual productions, photography and advertising.

About this 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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You will start by knowing Juliet, who will tell you about her career, from her beginnings in the world of model building to her last personal and professional works. You will know some of its most important influences, especially in the world of cinema.

You will review the basic materials and tools you will need to complete the course. Juliet will tell you which are indispensable and which are optional.

The models, by definition, are made to scale, so Julieta will talk to you about the scales in her projects and teach you how to use the ladder to learn how to move from a real measure to a scale.

You will start designing your project by collecting references to inspire you. The starting point of your project can be an illustration of another artist, an own drawing, a photo of a space, etc.

You will draw some plans before you start building your project, specifically the plan and views. Julieta will show you examples of his plans to help you.

Starting from these plans, you will begin to build the general structure of your model and then create the floor in wood.

Then you will learn several types of finishes for your walls: latex paint, wallpaper and tiles. You will give the finishing touches to your walls creating enclosures, moldings and windows.

With the structure ready, you will begin to build the furniture, starting with a dresser and an armchair with lined cushions, and then creating wallpaper plants and accessories such as lamps, books and posters that will give the final touches to your space.

Finally, you will focus on photographing the space you have created. Julieta will give you lighting tips with homemade lights to get the perfect photo of your model.

What is this course's project?

You will build the model of a simple interior space.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To anyone with a lot of patience and desire to learn.

What you need

You do not need previous knowledge. You can diagram your plans and patterns by hand, although it will be helpful to know how to use Adobe Illustrator or AutoCAD.

You will also need basic tools, adhesives and model building materials that Julieta will specify in a lesson of the course.


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Julieta La Valle

A course by Julieta La Valle

Sculptor, director and art director

Julieta La Valle was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1985 and is a specialist in the creation of models, miniatures, characters and objects for animation, cinema, advertising, fashion and artistic projects. He studied set design at EMAD and Cinematography at Universidad del Cine and works in his workshop surrounded by large tables, colored papers and tools.

His usual clients are advertising agencies, producers, publishers, photographers, branding and graphic design studios, with whom he has collaborated on projects for brands such as IKEA, Vodafone, Nintendo or even singers of the stature from Fito Páez.


  • U1


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

    Design the project

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

    Space construction

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

    Furniture and accessories

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

    Assembling the model and photography

    • Assemble space
    • Photography
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Techniques for model building

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Techniques to Create Scale Models

A course by Julieta La Valle
Sculptor, director and art director. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2018
  • 99% Positive reviews (171)
  • 4176 students