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

1 - 15 of 38
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  1. A buyer's guide to pearls: natural, cultured and imitation

    Course Date: Sat 13 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want some real pearls of wisdom? 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. Beaded jewellery: designing for industry

    Course Date: Sat 10 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to create stunning beaded jewellery fit for the catwalk? Explore traditional and contemporary beaded jewellery techniques with a practical focus on designing for the fashion industry. Get to grips with important beading tools and skills, and learn about key aspects of designing for the catwalk - looking at current trends, creating mood boards to develop ideas, designing your own collections and creating a striking final piece.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Book art: a unique artist's book or small edition

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Memories, souvenirs, journeys, landscapes and cityscapes are all starting points for making a book. What’s your story? Working with words and images to bring your theme to life, this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book. Tutor: Sue Doggett.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  4. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation. Tutor: Gavin Moorhead.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience. Tutor: Peter Spain.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  6. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A medley of projects to introduce you to bookbinding; come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques. Tutor: Sue Doggett.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You'll get advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left handers are welcome.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  8. Calligraphy: beautiful writing

    Course Date: Mon 5 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this age of characterless digital typography you can explore an array of tools and techniques to create unique and beautiful handwritten text using your own individualised letterforms. Beginners and improvers, right or left-handers are welcome. Tutor: Veiko Kespersaks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. City Lit basketry course

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of basketry techniques: stake and strand, plaiting, twining and coiling in materials such as willow, cane, rush and other, less traditional ones.

    On successful completion of this two-year course, following an exhibition of some of your work, you will receive a City Lit certificate in basketry. Suitable for beginners, though some craft experience is expected. Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.

    Applications for this course will be reviewed on 5th May 2017 and interviews will take place on the 11th and 18th of May, so please keep these dates available. We will continue to accept applications after this date.
    Full fee: £2,829.00
    Senior fee: £2,263.00
    Concession: £1,726.00

  10. City Lit beginners jewellery

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to try making your own jewellery but not sure where to start? Delve into this intricate and rewarding craft with our year-long structured beginner's course. Pick up the basics in everything from research and design to technical skills including soldering, annealing, etching and stone-setting. Develop a diverse portfolio, make beautiful pieces including a stone-set ring and a pendant, and learn to present and discuss your work.
    Full fee: £1,179.00
    Senior fee: £943.00
    Concession: £719.00

  11. City Lit bookbinding course

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners. Pre enrolment interviews will take place in July and September. Please contact Visual Arts on 020 7492 2700/2703 to arrange. Tutors: Sue Doggett, Royston Hayward, Paolo Taddeo.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £999.00
    Concession: £609.00

  12. City Lit ceramics diploma: 2 year course

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Designed for students with previous experience in ceramics or other art-related practice. This course encourages your development in broad-based programme of ceramic study. You’ll have the opportunity to exhibit at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington and an external venue for your final exhibition.



    Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Fees quoted are inclusive of two years of study. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.



    Advisory interviews for the September 2017 intake take place during March and April 2017. You’ll need to bring a portfolio of 2D and 3D/clay work alongside your sketchbooks. During the interview you will be asked write a short paragraph to demonstrate your writing skills and likewise to show your understanding of the use of numbers. Please contact us to arrange an interview; 020 7492 2700 / visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £8,499.00
    Senior fee: £8,499.00
    Concession: £5,184.00

  13. City Lit contemporary jewellery

    Course Date: Thu 5 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into the world of contemporary jewellery and develop your skills in drawing, design, critical thinking and technical skills. This rigorous, multi-disciplinary year-long course is suitable for intermediate to advanced jewellers who want to build on their current experience - get to grips with a series of short and longer practical projects, learn from expert visiting tutors, explore varied materials and technologies, and hone your research and critical thinking skills, culminating in an end-of-year public exhibition. Term 1: 05/10/17 - 14/12/17 (11 weeks)

    Term 2: 18/01/2018 - 22/03/2018 (10 weeks)

    Term 3: 19/04/2018 - 28/06/2018 (11 weeks)



    Applications for this course will be reviewed on 3rd April 2017 and interviews will take place in May 2017. We will continue to accept applications after this date and will release a second interview date.
    Full fee: £1,199.00
    Senior fee: £959.00
    Concession: £731.00

  14. City Lit contemporary jewellery workshop

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take advantage of a well-equipped jewellery studio to refine your skills through practice; working on your own projects in a creative and supportive workshop environment. Book 4 or 8 days, appropriate to your needs. This is a self-directed study workshop: support and advice is available from the tutor but you will not be taught.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

  15. City Lit fine jewellery

    Course Date: Tue 3 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Finesse your jewellery design and making on this year-long evening course. From idea to product, develop your design and technical skills from soldering to settings, discover your design identity, approach professional practice and presentation with the guidance of a series of expert tutors. Term 1: 03/10/17 - 12/12/17 (11 weeks)

    Term 2: 16/01/18 - 20/03/18 (10 weeks)

    Term 3: 17/04/18 - 26/06/18 (11 weeks)



    Applications for this course will be reviewed on 29th June 2017 and interviews will take place on the 18th and 27th of July 2017. We will continue to accept applications after this date and will release a second interview date and will release the details at a later date.
    Full fee: £899.00
    Senior fee: £899.00
    Concession: £548.00

1 - 15 of 38
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Can't see a course you want?

Add this category to your waiting list to set up alerts and we will update you when new courses are released online.

Add to your waiting list