Bookbinding: box making

Course Dates: 07/11/22 - 12/12/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Learn how to make slipcases and clamshell boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth and board to complete beautiful containers to house your books and objects.
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Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00

Course Code: VD327

Mon, day, 07 Nov - 12 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will look at a range of examples and learn how to make box containers made to a set size. You will explore construction with board and use book cloth and paper for covering.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to construction techniques enabling you to make a slipcase clamshell/solander box and a two-part box box.Through the making of these structures you will gain a good working knowledge of the materials and techniques required to develop your box making skills for future projects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- select and use appropriate materials
- describe the importance of grain direction
- make constructed boxes using board and cloth
- demonstrate the importance of accurate measuring.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for beginners and those with some experience.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and
Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through demonstration, practice and discussion you will be taught as a group and individually as required. Handouts will accompany demonstrations. You will be encouraged to investigate the current and historical literature on the subject and will be informed of publications and events which maybe of interest. The course is structured to
manage the work within the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Materials needed to complete the projects are included in the cost of the course but you might like to bring your own decorative papers and or/cloth to complete the work. The bindery is equipped with most hand tools although you may wish to provide and use your own personal hand tools. A list of equipment and suppliers will be provided at the first lesson but if you already have all or some of the following bring them with you. - Pencil, metal ruler, craft knife, bone folder.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Bookbinding general
- VD435 Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
- VD285 Crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings
- VD262 Bookbinding: 10 Projects for Beginners.
- VD410 Beginning miniature binding
Book arts
- VD283 Beginners' book arts
- VD290 Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups
- VD338 Paper marbling.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.