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. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  2. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Calligraphy

    Course Date: Thu 31 Jan 2019
    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. Suitable for beginners as well as improvers, left or right handers welcome.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. Creative calligraphy: personalising lettering

    Creative calligraphy: personalising lettering

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create your own unique style of calligraphic handwriting and be inspired by the work of historical and contemporary calligraphers.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Intermediate jewellery II

    Intermediate jewellery II

    Course Date: Fri 8 Feb 2019
    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 II focuses on building the technical skills used in chain-making, bespoke findings, clasps, catches and brooch fittings.
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £375.00
    Concession: £286.00

  6. Bookbinding: experiments in paper folding

    Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore colour, structure, and layering to produce exciting sculptural forms. By combining and extending techniques such as origami and concertina folding, cutting, piercing and slotting, you will create your own unique books.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Introduction to jewellery making

    Introduction to jewellery making

    Course Date: Fri 15 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Introduction to metal jewellery-making techniques such as forging, texturing and soldering, cutting out shapes in sheet metal and twisting wire. We will explore how to create a ring to the correct finger size and how to add decoration like a stone or a kinetic element. You will create at least one wearable piece of jewellery on this course.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  8. Design a printed tote bag

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create your own patterns and designs for transfer onto a practical tote bag. Explore colour and collage techniques; how to download and scan images; plus simple digital manipulation in Photoshop. Also covers mono-printing and heat press techniques to transfer your final print onto a tote bag.

    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Introduction to laser cutting for paper and fabric

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short introductory course in laser cutting, ideal for beginners or anyone wishing to add innovation to his or her own creative projects. You will learn simple software techniques using Adobe Illustrator to convert your design ideas into a variety of laser cut samples and small personal projects.

    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Mosaics introductory

    Mosaics introductory

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019 (and 2 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.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles a case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Modern calligraphy

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write elegant, stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Ceramics: surface printing on clay

    Ceramics: surface printing on clay

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with silkscreen, paper stencil, block and potato printing on unfired clay, biscuits and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern and narrative images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze on simple mould forms and tiles.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers

    Calligraphy for beginners and improvers

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop calligraphy skills on this beginners and improvers course. You will practice with a range of pens and papers, and create a finished example using a favourite quotation. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right handers.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  15. Introduction to stone setting: raised grain setting

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Grain setting, sometimes referred to as bead setting, is a technique where small faceted stones are held in place by small prongs called beads. These are raised from the metal in the band using an engraving tool. This specialist technique builds on the basic stone setting methods, introducing the use of a new set of tools and skills and is perfect for those wishing to take their stone-setting to a higher level.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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