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Prop Making

Prop Making

Wimbledon College of Arts
Taught by
Mary Tryfonos


Work alongside a professional prop maker on this 4 day course and learn the hands on skills and techniques needed to create life like props for theatre and television.

From plaster casting and mould-making, to latex techniques and poly carving, we will equip you with the fundamental skills required to recreate objects no matter how weird or wonderful! We will also introduce you to modelling, painting and texture covering.

Topics Covered
  • Plastermould making process
  • Latex pouring process
  • Polycarving
  • Texture and paint application
  • Texture and paint the latex cast and the polycarve
Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you will have gained an insight into the skills used by professional prop makers.

Who Should Attend

The course will suit anyone wishing to learn about the processes involved with making props, whether you simply have an interest in designing and making or are considering a future in theatre, television, film or the exhibition industry. No previous experience in prop making is required.

Course Level

Tutor Description

Mary Tryfonos is a prop and mask maker. She has worked extensively in theatre for many years at organisations including the English National Opera, Chichester Festival Theatre, English National Ballet, Plymouth Theatre Royal and the National Theatre. She is an Associate Lecturer for the University of the Arts London and teaches Theatre Foundation at Camberwell College of Arts.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • An apron

  • Closed toed shoes

  • Scissors

  • A selection of brushes

  • A paint palette

  • A note book and pen

  • A jam jar

  • A piece of fruit – (you will use this to cast from)

Please note that most of the materials needed for short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates