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. Introduction to metal jewellery

    Introduction to metal jewellery

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to make your own jewellery? Try out jewellery-making, getting to grips with the basic processes and

    techniques for using metal to create simple yet beautiful earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets to your own designs.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  2. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a pendant and silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  3. Mosaics introductory

    Mosaics introductory

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  5. Ceramics on Sunday

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to get your hands on clay and make finished ceramics work? Familiarise yourself with the properties and processes of clay by shaping your ideas and working with techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building on this introductory course.
    Full fee: £479.00
    Senior fee: £479.00
    Concession: £292.00

  6. Calligraphy: modern copperplate

    Calligraphy: modern copperplate

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the origins and purpose of early italic scripts, try out different inks, pens and papers, and create a finished

    example in italic script. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right-handers.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. Repair your jewellery tools

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fed up with your jewellery making tools getting lost or damaged? Want to know how to sharpen them, and keep them in tip top condition? This short workshop will introduce you to proper care of your equipment, and where to source new additions.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. City Lit fine jewellery

    City Lit fine jewellery

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Finesse your jewellery design and making on this year long evening course. From idea to product, develop your design and technical skills from soldering to settings, discover your design identity, and approach professional practice and presentation with the guidance of expert tutors. Applications for this course will be reviewed in the first week of July and September and interviews will take place on Tuesday 17th July, and Tuesday September 11th 2018.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £999.00
    Concession: £609.00

  9. Ceramics portfolio: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Workshop in ceramics alongside students on VR711 City Lit ceramics portfolio.
    Full fee: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £919.00
    Concession: £701.00

  10. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  11. Jewellery making: all levels

    Jewellery making: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £207.00

  12. Italic handwriting

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to learn how to create a beautiful and personal style of italic handwriting? Explore the origins and purpose of early italic scripts, try out different inks, pens and papers, and create a finished example in italic script. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right-handers. Absolute beginners and improvers all welcome.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Beginners jewellery I

    Beginners jewellery I

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn all the basics of metal jewellery work by making a range of sample pieces in copper and a finished jewellery piece of your own design. You will be shown how to buy silver so you can take home at least one wearable piece.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. City Lit calligraphy course

    City Lit calligraphy course

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into calligraphy with this two term 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 introduction for beginners.
    Full fee: £1,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,499.00
    Concession: £914.00

  15. City Lit bookbinding course

    City Lit bookbinding course

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. Applications for this course will be reviewed on Tues 12th June and interviews will be held on Tuesday the 19th of June and 19th of July 2018.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

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