Contemporary crafts

Do you enjoy making things? Choose from a number of our contemporary craft courses in London such as calligraphy courses, basketry, bookbinding, jewellery making courses and ceramics and pottery courses that will allow you to explore your artistic creativity using a variety of different materials. 

Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

Contemporary crafts highlights

Bookbinding

Bookbinding

Calligraphy

Calligraphy

Mosaics

Mosaics

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  1. A buyer's guide to pearls: natural, cultured and imitation

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into pearls, their cultivation and trade, and use in jewellery. Learn how to recognise the many types on the market, judge the good from the bad, spot the imitations and buy your pearl jewellery with confidence.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  2. Advanced skills for basketry

    Course Date: Fri 23 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focus on refining techniques for shaping baskets, making handles and borders. Refine your choice of materials, fine tune your cranking and make baskets with greater confidence.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  3. Animal forms in ceramic

    Course Date: Sun 11 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have fun exploring the possibilities of designing small scale animal forms in clay. Slab and hand building will be taught along with tooling techniques to bring your figures to life. Some experience with clay is beneficial.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Appraising jewellery and gemstones

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wished you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem-set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  5. Basketry: brushes for mark making

    Course Date: Wed 13 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a small collection of brushes and mark-making tools using basketry techniques. Use these to explore experimental mark-making with inks and make your work into a small booklet using simple bookmaking techniques.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Basketry: windmill knot technique

    Basketry: windmill knot technique

    Course Date: Sat 9 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn this simple knot, used for basketry and braid-making in the South Sea Islands, New Zealand and India among other places, and make attractive mats or a small basket in a number of materials.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Beaded jewellery making

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy trying your hand at beaded jewellery making? Do you want to create beautiful beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and tiaras? Join our introductory course for all levels to discover where to find the best beads, how to knot, manipulate and twist wire, use textile techniques and mixed media, and how to finish your work using clasps.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Beginners jewellery I

    Course Date: Sun 1 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn all the basics of metal jewellery work by making a range of sample pieces in copper and a (cabochon) stone set jewellery piece of your own design. You will be shown how to buy silver so you can take home at least one wearable finished piece.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  9. Beginners jewellery II

    Course Date: Sun 21 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Those who are new to the subject will learn all the basics of metal jewellery making such as cutting, filing, forming and soldering metal. Those continuing from Beginners 1, will learn new techniques, and improve on their existing skills.

    You will be shown how to buy silver and gemstones so that you can take home a wearable piece of jewellery.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  10. Beginners jewellery III

    Course Date: Sun 22 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Those who are new to the subject will learn all the basics of metal jewellery making such as cutting, filing, forming and soldering metal. Those continuing from Beginners 1 & 2 will learn new techniques and improve on their existing skills, applying them to developing your own jewellery designs..
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  11. Beginners' skills for bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, one-term introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books through to more complex stitched bindings, as well as box making. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £343.00
    Concession: £262.00

  12. Beginners’ skills for basketry

    Course Date: Fri 6 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn exciting techniques used for making baskets around the world. Use a variety of materials, from the traditional to those which give a more contemporary feel to this ancient craft.
    Full fee: £459.00
    Senior fee: £367.00
    Concession: £280.00

  13. Book arts: bindings in acrylic, acetate and plastic

    Course Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try something new by working with a range of materials not commonly associated with bookbinding. Discover the potential of strong, translucent yet colourful plastics and transform them into a range of exciting books.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Book arts: creative paper engineering

    Course Date: Thu 24 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  15. Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

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