Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

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 stone setting: flush and gypsy setting

    Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gypsy setting, often called flush setting is a technique to set a small round and brilliant cut faceted stone on a metal surface. On this course you will be introduced to the principles and applications of this versatile technique, including making your own bespoke setting tools.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Modern calligraphy

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Course Date: Thu 22 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and stylish binding. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include tabs some decorative elements to personalise your work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018 (and 2 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. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern

    Course Date: Mon 3 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers welcome.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Try it out: jewellery making

    Try it out: jewellery making

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Appraising jewellery and gemstones

    Course Date: Sun 13 Jan 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  8. Calligraphy: modern copperplate

    Calligraphy: modern copperplate

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is suitable for all who would like to learn new skill of beautiful writing or to improve their calligraphy. The course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects. The course is for both beginners and advanced students. Suitable for left and right-handers.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. Ceramics: surface decoration on clay

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with paper stencil, block printing on unfired clay, biscuit and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern and images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze enamels on simple mould forms and tiles.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. Book arts: experimental structures

    Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  11. Jewellery making: all levels

    Jewellery making: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking to progress your jewellery making skills with the guidance of an expert tutor? If you are an intermediate jewellery maker and woud like to improve your design and push your technical skills to a higher standard this course is for you.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  12. Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You will get advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left handers are welcome.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Introduction to designing for men's jewellery

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Men’s jewellery is often under-represented. This course will investigate and decipher this market. Looking at trends, fashion and inspiration along with consumer research, you will design your own men’s jewellery collection. You will be signposted towards an appropriate course to make you design a reality.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Jewellery and mindfulness workshop

    Jewellery and mindfulness workshop

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Feeling stressed or distracted? Discover the power of craft activities in developing focus and concentration to combat the stress of daily life, and pick up new jewellery making skills at the same time. Learn to hand-braid colourful textile threads to create a bracelet whilst learning about the practice of mindfulness, and enjoy the impact this has on your general wellbeing.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Develop your jewellery design and making

    Develop your jewellery design and making

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you are an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands-on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee: £459.00
    Senior fee: £367.00
    Concession: £280.00

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