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The Art of Replication

Learn all the shop tools by making movie and game props

No Prerequisites

​In-Person Course

Discover the fascinating world of prop making and build your creative potential through a practical and engaging course that focuses on essential shop skills and tool techniques.


This hands-on experience will equip you with the necessary skills in sculpting, molding, painting, texturing, and more.

Transform everyday materials into authentic and visually striking props, guided by step-by-step instruction.


Blend creativity,  craftsmanship and technology to find endless opportunities for exploration and innovation.



  • Foam Sculpting

  • Mold Making and Casting

  • Painting and Finishing

  • 3D Modeling and 3D Printing

  • Electronics and Lighting

  • Leatherworking

  • Metalworking

  • Woodworking

  • Bookbinding

  • Aging and Weathering

  • Thermoplastics

Course Overview

Foam Sculpting

Foam sculpting is the art of shaping and carving foam materials to create lightweight and detailed props. From designing and preparing the foam to refining its shape and texture, this process allows for the creation of stunningly accurate and visually captivating props.


By integrating LED lights, motors, sensors, and sound modules, you can add dynamic lighting effects, movement, and interactive elements to your foam props.

With the use of tools, sealing, and painting techniques, foam sculpting offers a versatile and accessible method for artists and prop makers to bring their visions to life.


Weathering, Aging , and Fake Finishes

Techniques such as weathering, aging, and fake texturing are employed to create realistic and lived-in appearances on props, giving them a sense of authenticity and backstory for use in films, theater, cosplay, or other creative projects.


Students will learn to work with additives like iron powder, sand, or sawdust can be mixed with paint or glue to create textures like cast iron.

We'll frequently combine these techniques with 3d printing for a variety of fake materials.

We'll frequently combine these techniques with 3d printing for a variety of fake materials.


Learn to create the appearance of aged and cracked stone surfaces.

Creating realistic rock textures on foam using techniques such as heating, carving, paint additives.

These skills can create a variety of convincing props that resemble natural rocks.


Book Binding

We'll also delve into the traditional methods of bookbinding, tackling vital aspects such as sewing signatures and constructing durable covers to create a mythical sketchbook.


We'll also spend time building on the craftsmanship of leather carving. You will explore various techniques, such as etching, embossing, and tooling, to enhance the visual appeal of your sketchbook covers.

Even though we're making props we'll be following traditional methods to create our "vintage" sketchbook.

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Course Dates

This course is still in development


  • Sculpting

  • Mold Making

  • Casting

  • Painting and Finishing

  • 3D Modeling

  • 3D Printing

  • Foamsmithing

  • Electronics and Lighting

  • Leatherworking

  • Metalworking

  • Textile Manipulation

  • Woodworking

  • Bookbinding

  • Aging and Weathering

  • Thermoplastics

Course Dates

Coming in 2024

Click here to get notified of upcoming classes


You can register by phone between 9am and 4pm PDT

Important - You will need a CTCLink ID number in order for us to help you over the phone or in person. You can follow the steps below to get one.

Fill out an application to Edmonds College:

Online Admissions Application

A few notes for your application:
Enroll as: "First Year"
Program: "Professional Technical"
Term: "_____" (Season plus year, such as: Spring 2023)
Degree or Certificate: "Undecided - Professional Technical"

Once you have received your CTC Link ID number please let us know and we can get you registered for your class.

Registering Online

Washington State colleges are now using CTCLink for all student services.

  • Follow the link below - login in or create an account

  • Go to "Student Homepage"

  • Choose "Manage Classes"

  • "Class Search and Enroll"

  • Choose Edmonds College and the quater (Control + F to search page)

  • Search for class name or number (Class Number will get you to where you want faster)

Online Registration Login Page - CTCLInk

NOTE - All our classes fall under "Special Topics: Manufacturing".

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