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: limp vellum binding

    Bookbinding: limp vellum binding

    Course Date: Tue 26 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce you to the techniques for making a flexible and versatile limp vellum binding and equip you with the skills needed to produce a beautiful binding of your own. Some bookbinding experience required.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Gold tooling on a paper binding

    Gold tooling on a paper binding

    Course Date: Thu 5 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge and experience of gold tooling on paper whilst learning how to gold tool on a paper-covered book, using hand finishing tools, BS Glaire and loose gold leaf. For those with experience in gold tooling using hand finishing tools and gold leaf.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  3. Beginners' book arts

    Beginners' book arts

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to explore the three-dimensional and sculptural qualities of handmade books using layered forms, star books and other theatrical book forms. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique handmade books.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 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

  5. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  6. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    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: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  7. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and stylish bindings. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include some decorative elements to personalise your work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. Book conservation for beginners II

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  9. Start bookbinding

    Start bookbinding

    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020 (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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Conservation and repair II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 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

  11. Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend a day experimenting with leather dye and dyeing techniques. You will be introduced to different dye types, 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. 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

  13. Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Course Date: Fri 13 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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