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. 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

  2. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £375.00
    Concession: £286.00

  3. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  4. 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

  5. Book conservation for beginners: 2

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  6. Start bookbinding

    Start bookbinding

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.

    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book arts: dye, print, stitch

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create exciting new materials from paper and fabric for use on your book arts and textile projects. Experiment with dyes, print techniques and hand sewing or begin to combine all three to produce samples and artwork to make personalised endpapers, pages, covers and individual textile pages and samplers. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Book arts: graphic techniques and book structure

    Course Date: Mon 4 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A series of creative exercises and detailed instructions on how to fold, sew, and bind designed pages into an eye-catching multi-section exposed-spine book.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. DIY publishing: pamphlets and chapbooks

    Course Date: Mon 18 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a hands-on experience for your reader with a DIY book. Develop self-publishing techniques using your own content within a traditional book form that is simple to learn, quick to produce and easy to edition.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Fri 29 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using some historical techniques and materials.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Boxes for prints

    Course Date: Wed 10 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a clamshell box from board, bookcloth and paper. Leave with a completed box to house existing small scale prints and objects or for future work.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 14 Apr 2019 (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

  15. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

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