Contemporary crafts

Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

Contemporary Crafts at City Lit is the place to develop your making skills. Our classes explore material, technique, process and idea and will encourage you to set and solve creative problems. Basketry, Bookbinding, Calligraphy and Mosaics courses are offered throughout the year, ranging from short modules to two-year programmes of study.

Our studios are perfectly equipped for each discipline, we work hard to design our courses perfectly to take advantage of our facilities. And, we keep those facilities up to date, with regular improvements to equipment and tools.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Recently built, our Design and Digital Lab has enabled the development of craft courses with a digital element such as laser cutting – check out our 3D and digital design and making page for a full list of these exciting new courses.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Start bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  2. Working with leather: decorative techniques
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A four day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  3. Jewellery: stone setting III
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Already explored some of the skills of mount-making and stone-setting but want to take your expertise to another level? Experience the more complicated techniques of mounting a variety of stone shapes, as well as practising your grasp of claw and collet settings. Integrate new stone-setting techniques with your existing knowledge to give the ultimate professional finish to your jewellery.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  4. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £150.00
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  5. Book arts drop-in
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  6. Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the traditional technique of repousse (pushed metal) and fold forming. You will learn the basics of this traditional hammering method and explore the use of single and multiple folds in sheet metal to help you create your own 3-dimensional forms. Emphasis will be on experimentation of the demonstrated techniques with copper, as the organic processes create a wide variety of unique results.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  7. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Modern calligraphy can be learned by everyone and used in business and everyday life to reflect your personality and creativity. This workshop will guide you through the basics and show you how! Suitable for left or right handers.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. A buyer's guide to pearls: natural, cultured and imitation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into pearls, their cultivation and trade, and use in jewellery. Learn how to recognise the many types on the market, judge the good from the bad, spot the imitations and buy your pearl jewellery with confidence.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Calligraphy and illumination
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Study lettering and illumination with gold leaf. You will be given advice on tools and materials, and some basic

    materials are included. Left handers are welcome.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  10. Calligraphy class: illuminated lettering
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to create decorative lettering to use as individual pieces or incorporate into your calligraphy work. This

    course will not only show you how to design and draw illuminated letters, but will introduce you to some of the history behind this beautiful art form.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  11. Calligraphy workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the principles and explore the essential steps of calligraphy work using a range of tools and techniques to create an individual piece. Apply these skills to make place cards, envelopes or a short text. Suitable for beginners and improvers. Left or right handers welcome.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £155.00
  12. Intermediate jewellery
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Have you taken a beginners course and are looking to progress your jewellery making? Develop and refine your design and making skills through guided projects applying a range of precision skills to create metal jewellery. Intermediate jewellery III focuses on wax carving, lost wax casting and professional approaches to producing multiples of your designs, including timings, budgeting, costing and pricing.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £343.00 Concession £262.00
  13. Discover how to design jewellery with food
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    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover something new this Spring! Want to develop your jewellery design skills in a fun and tasty way? This course will focus on exploring ideas using food. Through experimental exercises we will approach the important principles of design of jewellery such as patterns, shapes, textures and colours.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  14. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you're picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
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  15. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
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