Contemporary crafts

Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

City Lit is the place to develop your craft. Throughout the year, we offer classes in Basketry, Bookbinding, Calligraphy and Mosaics. We have a range of courses to suit our students at every level — from introductory courses for curious beginners, to advanced long courses if you are a professional and you want to develop your practice.

Our studios are perfectly equipped which allows us to create engaging and interactive courses for you. All our tutors are experienced crafters, designers, and makers in their own fields. So as a City Lit student, you’ll get the benefit of learning from their working knowledge.

Our courses also make use of the City Lit Design and Digital lab creating craft courses with a digital element to explore the possibilities of working with traditional craft. Many of our courses are delivered online, offering more accessibility for learners.

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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  1. City Lit bookbinding
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  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.
    Full fee £1,159.00 Senior fee £927.00 Concession £753.00
  2. Calligraphy and illumination
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi
    Learn how to write beautifully with a dip pen and design and produce a piece of work with illuminated letters using colour and gold leaf. All levels.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  3. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    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.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  4. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Spain
    Learn about the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper in flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  5. Calligraphy: start lettering
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Personalised hand lettered designs can be used on greetings cards or just as a way to relax. In this beginners course you will learn the basic lettering strokes and then progress to creating styles of your own. You don’t have to worry about purchasing fancy expensive tools; all you will need are regular pens and paper that you probably have at home.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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  7. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    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.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  8. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Calligraphy evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ivo Grantins
    Learn the basics of calligraphy while studying italic hand. Learn how to form lowercase and capital letters and experiment with layouts to produce a finished piece. The course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects.The course is suitable for beginners, but improvers with a special interest in italic are welcome.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  10. City Lit calligraphy course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Step into advanced level calligraphy with this three term programme that equips students with the essential techniques required for beautiful cursive handwriting. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in Calligraphy with Design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in the calligraphy and design world. An exciting, challenging, and thorough introduction to the art of calligraphy.
    Full fee £1,059.00 Senior fee £847.00 Concession £688.00
  11. Calligraphy for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn how to write formal calligraphy scripts using a 3.8mm Pilot parallel calligraphy pen. The parallel calligraphy pen is versatile, transportable broad-edged cartridge pen which allows you to write thick and thin strokes. Advice will be given on other tools and materials you can use for calligraphy. This course is suitable for left and right-handers.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  12. Bookbinding: gold tooling on leather
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tracey Rowledge
    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.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  13. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Explore the elegant sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, sew traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  14. Hand marbled paper
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  15. More mosaics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    Explore surface qualities including smooth, textured and relief work, as well as covering non-flat shapes. A wide range of approaches from fine art to ornament will be considered. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £343.00 Concession £279.00
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