Bookbinding Courses in London

Our courses cover:

  • Bookbinding - develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects.
  • Book conservation - practical courses on paper repair, leather and cloth conservation, hand tooling and machine blocking.
  • Book arts - explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique pieces in our book art courses.
Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level, some also include talks by contemporary practitioners.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups

    Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  2. Designer books for book designers I

    Designer books for book designers I

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in how to make dynamic book structures? Then this is the course for you - an opportunity to create a series of books based on individual key graphic design elements - line, colour, shape, image and type.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Course Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the magic of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Try it out: bookbinding

    Try it out: bookbinding

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. Try it out conservation

    Try it out conservation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Beginners' conservation

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course, you will be introduced to techniques for the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper. You will also learn about the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £274.00

  8. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Laser cut a leather book cover

    Laser cut a leather book cover

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to laser-cut leather on this introductory course. You will learn some basic drawing skills in Adobe Illustrator to produce a design that will be cut or etched into leather. The completed leather can then be used to make a soft cover for a book or on other bookbinding and craft projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

    Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend a day experimenting with leather dye and dyeing techniques. You will be introduced to methods of applying dye and a range of creative techniques such as resist, crackle and speckling, to use on bookbinding and other leather projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Conservation and repair II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 6 week course will introduce the skills needed to repair cloth case bound books. You will learn how to mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards. There will be time to practice paper repairs and re-sewing books. Suitable for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one term course is designed to help students to develop their bookbinding skills. You will already have some experience of binding techniques and some knowledge of tools, materials and equipment in order to benefit from this workshop-style class. There will be the opportunity to work on your own projects, or to practice skills in which you feel less confident in order to enable you to progress to higher level courses.

    Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  15. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

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