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. City Lit fine jewellery

    City Lit fine jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.

    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: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,149.00
    Concession: £701.00

  2. Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming models from carved wax, Polymorph and organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, into metal. Bring a selection of materials/small objects that you may want to electroform and learn how to prepare them, handle the electroforming tank and chemicals, and integrate attachments, to create lightweight and hollow pieces.

    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

  3. Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box

    Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Cut, construct and cover a standard Rare Book design drop-back box to protect and conserve books, archival material or precious objects and artefacts. Great for artwork presentation too!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Introduction to precious metal clay

    Introduction to precious metal clay

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to discover one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure copper when fired. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced jeweller, learn the basic techniques of working with this magic material as well as more innovative uses, to create original items of 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. 3D Print a ring using Rhino

    3D Print a ring using Rhino

    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic steps to 3D model a ring using Rhino software in our bespoke digital and design lab. Send your file to be 3D printed in resin and leave with a simple piece of jewellery to take away. All materials included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  6. Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £95.00

  7. City Lit fine jewellery workshop

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 10 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop. This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long VV414 City Lit fine jewellery course.

    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: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Calligraphy: flourished decorations

    Calligraphy: flourished decorations

    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for those who wish to study further the art of flourishing for use with pointed pen lettering. You will learn a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishes, stand alone decorative elements and the principals of correct shape, size and design. Some knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is required.

    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: £149.00
    Concession: £75.00

  9. Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming

    Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020
    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. City Lit advanced calligraphy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into calligraphy with this three term advanced level course. Learn techniques and develop essential skills for using tools and materials to produce beautiful work. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in calligraphy and design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in calligraphy and the design world. An exciting, challenging, indepth course.

    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: £1,399.00
    Senior fee: £1,399.00
    Concession: £853.00

  11. Glazing your work

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who have attended our ceramics courses, this is an opportunity to return and glaze your fired work. Basic glazing techniques will be taught, with advice on which glazes to use.

    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

  12. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Course Date: Thu 19 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the beautiful variety of sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.

    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

  13. Try it out conservation

    Try it out conservation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic

    techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further

    study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    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

  14. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    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.

    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

  15. Try it out: jewellery making

    Try it out: jewellery making

    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

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