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. Copperplate calligraphy

    Copperplate calligraphy

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use pointed pen for writing in Copperplate hand, which is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right-handers.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Leather jointed endpapers: structure and technique workshop

    Leather jointed endpapers: structure and technique workshop

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A pacey and practical introduction to the structure and techniques of leather-jointed endpapers in fine binding. Just right for students wishing to add to or stretch their bookbinding skills. An intermediate level course.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  3. Casting and mouldmaking project: resin and jesmonite

    Casting and mouldmaking project: resin and jesmonite

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make silicone moulds for casting multiples, in different materials and repeat units. This week-long course is great for those who would like to gain experience with the process of mould making and casting with resin and Jesmonite.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Block your own label in leather or cloth

    Block your own label in leather or cloth

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Label yourself! Learn how to prepare and block simple labels for books, bags and more, using foil or gold leaf and a blocking press. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  5. Ceramics: architectural slab construction

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A four-day course constructing sculpture from slabs of clay. Develop analytical and making skills to building subtle, minimalist or bold complex ceramic structures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  6. Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string precious beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  7. Jewellery production: wax carving, casting and finishing

    Jewellery production: wax carving, casting and finishing

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Carve, model and experiment with jeweller’s wax. Learn about the lost-wax casting process and how components and multiples are made in jewellery production. Outsource your carved wax for lost-wax casting, whilst experiencing low-fi casting methods, Delft Clay (sand-casting) and cuttlefish-casting in the studio.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00

  8. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  9. Colours and curves in metal jewellery

    Colours and curves in metal jewellery

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gilding metal, copper and brass are metals which take readily to the process of chemical patination. The gorgeous colours and effects which can be achieved by this method are best expressed on the surfaces of simple, curvy volumetric forms. Enrol on this course to discover the techniques and processes to create 3D forms in metals with striking patination effects.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Figurative ceramics

    Figurative ceramics

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Observe, draw and make study maquettes of a variety of poses from a life model, for initial inspiration, to create a final ceramic sculpture using primarily slab and coiling techniques.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  11. Calligraphy: gothic script

    Calligraphy: gothic script

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take the first step and start learning calligraphy. This short course will introduce you to the basics of calligraphy whilst getting to grips with the historic gothic script. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. Jewellery production: finishing techniques

    Jewellery production: finishing techniques

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to finish jewellery to a professional standard. This is a great opportunity to bring jewellery (or samples) you made on other courses and finish these with a texture, matt surface or high polish.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00

  13. Experimental ceramics with found objects

    Course Date: Thu 9 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A chance to use different clays with the addition of oxides, fluxing agents and natural combustible materials. Fuse found objects in the kiln, make biscuit slips and investigate the textural possibilities of glazes.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “Small is beautiful,” they say. In this introduction to miniature bookbinding you will discover the history and appeal of this distinguished style. You will also make and take home three adorable miniature books.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  15. Jewellery making: creative cold connections and marvellous mechanisms

    Jewellery making: creative cold connections and marvellous mechanisms

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have enjoyed working with alternative jewellery materials such as aluminium, wood, leather, textiles and other substances which can not be soldered, this course is your opportunity to experiment with ways of connecting these and to extend your design skills. Discover the word of rivets and cold connections!
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

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