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 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. Advanced skills for basketry

    Course Date: Fri 24 Mar 2017
    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. Tutor: Annemarie O'Sullivan.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Animal forms in ceramic

    Course Date: Sun 12 Mar 2017
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Basketry techniques for contemporary craft makers

    Course Date: Thu 24 Nov 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Designed for experienced artists and makers interested in a cross- disciplinary approach. Learn technical basketry skills in the workshop and apply these to your own practice between classes with the help of e-learning resources. Tutor: John Page.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Basketry workshop

    Course Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A year long workshop running alongside students on the City Lit basketry course. Pre-enrolment advisory interview is required. Please contact Visual Arts on 0207 492 2700/2703 to arrange. The City Lit basketry course runs for two years. We will be interviewing in March / April 2017 for a September 2017 intake. A portfolio of 2D and 3D work is needed.
    Full fee: £1,399.00
    Senior fee: £1,119.00
    Concession: £853.00

  6. Basketry: innovate with willow

    Course Date: Mon 24 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reinforce basic willow basketry techniques. Examine limitations in our making, widen our scope, and share our innovations. Explore structure, subvert design, and make this work your own. Tutor: Annemarie O'Sullivan.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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

  10. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience. Tutor: Peter Spain.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £274.00

  11. 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

  12. Book conservation for beginners: 2

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair. Tutor: Peter Spain.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. 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

  14. Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  15. 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

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