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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit. Tutor: Nesta Davies.