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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Conservation and repair III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course, you will learn and practice further skills in paper repair, board re-attachment and re-sewing books. There will also be an introduction to leather paring and toning. This course is suitable for those with experience in basic repair techniques and bookbinding.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Beginners' bookbinding

    Beginners' bookbinding

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this 6 week introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched binding with a hard cover.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  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. Designer books for book designers II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 5 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are interested in how to make dynamic book structures then this is the course for you. You will create a series of books which explore the relationship between key graphic design elements and a range of book forms.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Bookbinding weekend: notebooks and folders

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to make single sheet folded books, simple single section and multi-section sewn books without glue, folded slipcases and wallets. This weekend course is an opportunity to make an exciting range of notebooks and folders and learn some useful bookbinding techniques. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Tue 21 Jul 2020
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

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