Contemporary crafts

Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

Contemporary Crafts at City Lit is the place to develop your making skills. Our classes explore material, technique, process and idea and will encourage you to set and solve creative problems. Basketry, Bookbinding, Calligraphy and Mosaics courses are offered throughout the year, ranging from short modules to two-year programmes of study.

Our studios are perfectly equipped for each discipline, we work hard to design our courses perfectly to take advantage of our facilities. And, we keep those facilities up to date, with regular improvements to equipment and tools.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Recently built, our Design and Digital Lab has enabled the development of craft courses with a digital element such as laser cutting – check out our 3D and digital design and making page for a full list of these exciting new courses.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to diamonds
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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    100% of 100
  2. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers welcome.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  4. Upcycled textile jewellery: plait
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to hand plait your own colourful bracelets from fabric remnants, ribbons, or that old tee-shirt! Be inspired by this workshop led by textile artist Tanvi Kant who will show you how to repurpose textiles at home into something special to gift to yourself or a loved one. You will experience how acquiring new skills creatively helps you focus to maintain general well-being.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  5. Six-day taster course in ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery – throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  6. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Mosaics introductory
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas, basic materials provided. All levels welcome.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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    99% of 100
  8. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  9. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Beginners' jewellery II
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Make a bezel setting for a cabochon stone and a tube setting for a round faceted stone. This course is suitable for those who have done an introductory course as well as for complete beginners or those who would like to have a refresher of all the basic metal jewellery working skills.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
  12. Contemporary calligraphy: developing your style
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to create your own unique style of calligraphic handwriting and be inspired by the work of historical and contemporary calligraphers.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  13. Beaded jewellery: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The course is about progressing with Beaded Jewellery techniques. You will increase skills and make Beaded items of Jewellery that are multi stranded.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  14. Leather paring and knife sharpening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Paring and sharpening are skills essential for advanced bookbinding.



    Learn the first principles of these specialised skills in a simple to understand way that builds confidence.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Pottery: a taster course in throwing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners who want to experience the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Learn how to produce mugs, bowls and simple forms, as well as how to apply slips and glazes, on this five-day course.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100

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