Model-making Techniques Course

A 5-day intensive, practical course covering model-making skills for theatre, film, animation or spatial design. Led by David Neat. Deptford, London SE8

Next course dates: November 28-December 2 2016, April 17-21 2017, May 15-19 2017

Courses are arranged throughout the year either ‘on demand’ or to fit with other work commitments. Since these are varied and somewhat unpredicable the exact dates can usually only be confirmed 2-3 months in advance .. though as you see from above I’m trying to improve this. For the past few years I’ve managed to offer the course in the Spring (March-April), and  again later in the year (October-November).

The course publicity reads as follows:

‘David Neat is a professional model-maker with more than 30 years experience in theatre, film, 3D design, architecture and exhibitions. He is a practicing sculptor and a qualified teacher. His book ‘Model-making: Materials and Methods’, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary book on model-making, was published by Crowood Press in 2008 and is fast becoming a teaching standard.’

David’s emphasis in these workshops is on accessible techniques of building, modelling, surfacing and finishing relevant to designers and makers in various disciplines. There is a focus on ‘realism’ in representation, geared more to theatre and film work, but the aim in keeping the course solidly materials-based and covering as many of those as possible in a short course may even stimulate architectural or product model-makers looking for something new. Each session will offer a wealth of information, supported by specially prepared examples and worksheets, and clarified through demonstrations and practical exercises. Areas covered include: –

methods of constructing or shaping with card, plastics and foams; methods of casting; modelling with soft materials inc. figures; techniques of soldering; scenics, such as plants and trees; various surface/texture treatments and paint finishes.

Materials are provided, and participants need only bring some basic tools. Each will also bring with them their own varied knowledge and talent, making this a valuable opportunity to discuss and compare personal experience. Whether a beginner, or with more of a hobby interest, or a professional seeking more specific guidance…this unique course will help you on your way.

The cost per person will be £300. At present places are limited to just 6, for the most effective teaching and participation. This does however mean that courses do tend to book up quickly!


19 thoughts on “Model-making Techniques Course

  1. Hello,
    I can see that your November/december course is already booked up but please could you pop me on your waiting list? I currently work for a prop making company but this sounds like a really exciting course.
    Thank you

  2. Hi, I am interested in the November/December course. No doubt I am sure it is fully booked already. However, being a complete optimist, I am sure someone will drop out at the last minute. Either way, I am extremely interested in partaking in the course if a place is available.
    Many thanks & warmest wishes

  3. Hello David,
    I just want to let you know that I’m still interested to join you for the next course (Nov 28 – Dec 2). I would like to be sure that you will count me, so how can I book it ? Many thanks !
    Best regards,

    • Hello Daphne,

      Yes, don’t worry, I put you on the list when you first enquired in May. The thing is, there were many others who have been waiting quite a long time and for the next course late November I felt it only fair that I give them the first chance. As it was the course was filled before I got through a quarter of the list. I’m still wondering whether this is the right way of doing it .. maybe when I have dates for the next I’ll just email everybody.

      • Thank you David for your answer. I am free for the next sessions too if November is full. I really need to follow your course for begining a new career in England, so I look forward to hearing from you!
        Kind regards,

  4. Hello David, I am a technical instructor at Falmouth university and am interested in doing this course or one of your other one’s. they all look great. Did I read somewhere that they occur only on Saturdays for 5 weeks? Or do you do them on consecutive days? Many Thanks. Will

  5. Hi David,

    As you can imagine, I too am very interested in this course and would be ever so grateful if I could be added onto the list to find out the next available dates.
    Many thanks!

    Kind Regards,


  6. I’m very interested in this course but because of work committments I could not do the week starting April 20. I’ve ready and enjoyed your book Model-Making, Materials and methods and would like to try then under guidance. I’m a hobbyist, mainly building for model railways and interested in a wide variety of techniques.

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