- 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.
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Bookbinding tutor Susan Doggett's exhibition, showcasing her prize winning piece 'The 2018 Almanac for the Modern Medievalist', is on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford until April 2018.
Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetIdeal 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: £329.00Senior fee: £329.00Concession: £201.00
Course Date: Mon 5 Mar 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA 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: £109.00Senior fee: £87.00Concession: £66.00
Course Date: Mon 19 Mar 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore 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: £299.00Senior fee: £239.00Concession: £182.00
Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £459.00Senior fee: £367.00Concession: £280.00
Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDiscover 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: £149.00Senior fee: £119.00Concession: £91.00
Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDip 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: £49.00Senior fee: £49.00Concession: £49.00
Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA medley of 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: £299.00Senior fee: £299.00Concession: £182.00
Course Date: Thu 24 May 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetBe 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: £279.00Senior fee: £223.00Concession: £170.00
Course Date: Fri 15 Jun 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThe 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 historical techniques and materials.Full fee: £149.00Senior fee: £119.00Concession: £91.00
Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £429.00Senior fee: £343.00Concession: £262.00
Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £349.00Senior fee: £349.00Concession: £213.00
Course Date: Fri 23 Feb 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis course is a great introduction to gold-tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on paper with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.Full fee: £279.00Senior fee: £279.00Concession: £279.00
Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearning traditional paper marbling using carrageen moss as a size.
The course takes you on a journey from the beautiful abstract art of Suminagashi (floating ink on a still water surface) and its history through Turkey and finally to traditional 19th century paper marbling in Europe.Full fee: £179.00Senior fee: £143.00Concession: £109.00
Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetAn 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: £429.00Senior fee: £343.00Concession: £262.00