Bookbinding

Explore bookbinding, paper, book arts and conservation on one of our practical part-time courses here at City Lit. Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level. Our courses also include talks by contemporary practitioners. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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  1. 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

  2. Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using theatrical book structures such as the star and tunnel books, you will experiment with collage and paper cut-throughs to explore your ideas through layers, depth and structure. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Tutor: Clare Bryan.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  3. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jan 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. 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

  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. 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

  7. 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

  8. City Lit bookbinding course

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    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

  9. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate

    Course Date: Mon 3 Oct 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An intermediate level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding including leather paring, and fine binding. Tutor: Gavin Moorhead.
    Full fee: £529.00
    Senior fee: £529.00
    Concession: £323.00

  10. City Lit fine binding: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the techniques you need to make a full leather binding. Practise leather-joined endpapers, guarding, edge gilding, lacing-on boards, tool sharpening, paring, covering, inlays/onlays and doublures. Suitable if you have previous bookbinding experience. Tutor: Kathy Abbott.
    Full fee: £1,299.00
    Senior fee: £1,039.00

  11. Decorative dyed paper techniques

    Course Date: Fri 3 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how dyeing techniques can create beautiful and surprising effects on a range of papers. Experiment with colour, layers and texture to create pieces for bookbinding and other projects. Tutor: Nesta Davies.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Gold tooling on leather

    Course Date: Fri 24 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a great introduction to gold-tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on leather with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome. Tutor: Tracy Rowledge.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

  13. Introduction to gold and foil blocking

    Course Date: Sat 25 Feb 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to block simple labels and spines using foil and gold leaf and how to set up and space type correctly. We'll also practise blocking on paper, cloth and leather. Tutor: Peter Spain.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  14. Leather tooling techniques: blind and candle-print tooling

    Course Date: Mon 6 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn more about leather decoration, with a special focus on two techniques, by creating a series of leather boards debossed with the use of hot brass tools. Tutor: Paolo Taddeo.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Paper engineering: pop-ups and artists' books

    Course Date: Thu 1 Jun 2017
    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. Tutor: Clare Bryan.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

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