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.

Most recently 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.

Browse our range of Contemporary Crafts courses in London below to choose your perfect option.

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  1. Jewellery making: all levels

    Jewellery making: all levels

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal 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 complex approaches such as chain-making.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  2. Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your soldering let your jewellery work down? If you would like to practise without worrying about the outcome, get expert help and improve your understanding and technique, then come and join this practical course. Soon you will be soldering with confidence.This course is designed to complement VV432 Jewellery: soldering workshop, or for those who have taken other beginners or intermediate metal jewellery making courses.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Textiles: laser etching for block printing

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to make your own seals and stamps using the process of laser cutting for block printing. Test and develop drawing skills to etch ideas onto wood and rubber, enabling an understanding of digital design. Suitable for users with some knowledge of print and have used Photoshop and Illustrator before wanting to make their own unique stamps.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Introduction to jewellery making

    Introduction to jewellery making

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop a range of essential jewellery making techniques and processes for creating metal jewellery. This course is designed for beginners who would like to gain fundamental skills like sawing, filing, sanding, drilling, texturing, forging and soldering. Explore these techniques in set projects and use them to design and make your own pieces.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  5. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers

    Calligraphy for beginners and improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Jun 2020
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Paper marbling

    Paper marbling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling. From Japanese Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size, try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Adobe Illustrator for jewellery design

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed to introduce Adobe Illustrator as a tool for jewellery design and making. It will take you through the basic tools, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate universal drawings for presentation and manufacture.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Experimental jewellery

    Experimental jewellery

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever looked at a piece of junk and thought you could make something of it? Transform trash into treasure on this fascinating course teaching you to create beautiful jewellery from found objects. Take an open minded experimental approach and transform humble everyday materials into exciting, individual wearable pieces of jewellery.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  9. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Illustrative embroidery for textiles

    Illustrative embroidery for textiles

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your embroidery skills in both hand and machine stitching. Create a range of samples, learn how to transfer designs to cloth, explore design ideas, experiment with fabrics and threads.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Bookbinding: crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings

    Bookbinding: crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Immerse yourself in contemporary sewing techniques to create two attractive multi-section books using leather and decorative paper. These flexible books are unglued so that the pages open completely flat so as well as looking good, they are also excellent for use as sketchbooks, diaries and notebooks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Bookbinding: experiments in paper folding

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jun 2020
    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

  13. Introduction to stone setting: raised grain setting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jun 2020
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Laser cut a personalised necklace

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend some time playing with Adobe Illustrator in our bespoke digital and design lab. Learn some basic steps to customise an existing template using drawing and image trace tools. Send your file to be cut on our laser cutter and leave with your own personalised necklace. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  15. Try it out: bookbinding

    Try it out: bookbinding

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Jul 2020
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

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