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.

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  1. Constructed textiles with basketry and felt

    Constructed textiles with basketry and felt

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Random weave basketry techniques worked together with felting processes can be used to investigate and explore relationships between internal and extrenal space, structure and surface. For complete beginners, and students with experience of basketry and/or felting.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £169.00

  2. Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy a week in the print and book studios and leave with an artist’s book. This course will encourage you to experiment with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures and help you to develop your initial ideas into a finished work. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Flush setting for jewellery makers

    Flush setting for jewellery makers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For intermediate jewellers. Learn how to set round faceted stones in sheet metal and rings using the traditional flush setting technique. You will practice in copper, before moving on to work in silver. There will also be a chance to make your own flush setting tool.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Calligraphy: gothic script

    Calligraphy: gothic script

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This weekend course will introduce you to the basic calligraphy skills that will enable you to develop beautiful writing. You will be able to try out the historic Gothic script either as a beginner, or as an improver looking to increase your portfolio of writing styles. All tools and materials included.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover simple, effective techniques to bring metal jewellery alive through colour, texture and patterns. Practise dying, printing and using resists on anodised aluminium, with striking results you can replicate at home.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Calligraphy and decorated letterforms

    Calligraphy and decorated letterforms

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create decorative letterforms 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.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Etching for jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to make jewellery with etched patterns of your own design? Come and explore the etching process applied to jewellery, using acids and different resist to create patterns, texture and surface decoration on metal. During this week-long course, you will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas and style through drawing research along with exploration of a range of etching techniques, encouraging you to apply them to your own jewellery designs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. City Lit ceramics diploma: two-year course

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Term 1 :12 Sept 2019 – 06 Dec 2019

    Term 2 : 09 Jan 2020 – 03 April 2020

    Term 3 :30 April 2020 – 03 July 2020

    Designed for people with previous experience in ceramics or other art related practice, this course encourages your development in a broad-based programme of ceramic study. You will have the opportunity to exhibit at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington and an external venue for your final exhibition. Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Fees quoted are inclusive of two years of study. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.



    Interviews for this course will take place on the below dates:

    Thursday the 21st of March

    Friday the 29th of March

    Thursday the 4th of April

    Friday the 12th of April



    You will need to bring a portfolio of 2D and 3D/clay work alongside your sketchbooks. During the interview you will be asked write a short paragraph to demonstrate your writing skills and to show your understanding of the use of numbers.Once you have submitted an application for the course, you will be contacted by the department to arrange your interview slot.
    Full fee: £8,999.00
    Senior fee: £8,999.00
    Concession: £5,489.00

  9. City Lit basketry course: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 13 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For learners experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques, this is a new course to build develop your skills. You will be introduced to some new techniques and emphasis will be placed on self directed study and developing a personal portfolio of work. This course is suitable for those experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques and who have completed the City Lit basketry course or have equivalent skills. These will be discussed at a pre-enrolment interview.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £799.00
    Concession: £609.00

  10. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  11. Glazing your work

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who have attended our ceramics summer 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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  12. Try it out: jewellery making

    Try it out: jewellery making

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. City Lit ceramics

    City Lit ceramics

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £1,649.00
    Senior fee: £1,319.00
    Concession: £1,006.00

  14. City Lit ceramics workshop

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Workshop in ceramics alongside students on VR710 City Lit ceramics.
    Full fee: £1,299.00
    Senior fee: £1,299.00
    Concession: £792.00

  15. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the beautiful flowing calligraphy of traditional italic script while exploring pen usage, letterforms, spacing and words. Produce a short text inscription and discuss further learning. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

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