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 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Papercut letterforms

    Papercut letterforms

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 11 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how to incorporate the timeless craft of papercutting to your calligraphy and lettering which you can then use to create greeting cards, wall art and book structures. You will develop basic lettering and paper cutting techniques through a series of creative step-by-step projects. This course is suitable for beginners.

    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: £213.00

  2. Jewellery: 10 projects for beginners

    Jewellery: 10 projects for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 12 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to try making your own jewellery but not sure where to start? Delve into this intricate and rewarding craft with our 10 week long structured beginner's course. Pick up the basics skills including soldering, annealing, texturing metal and stone setting. Develop a diverse portfolio, make beautiful pieces and learn to present and discuss your work.

    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: £429.00
    Senior fee: £343.00
    Concession: £262.00

  3. Ceramics: architectural slab construction

    Ceramics: architectural slab construction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A course constructing sculpture from slabs of clay. Develop analytical and making skills to building subtle, minimalist or bold complex ceramic structures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

    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: £349.00

  4. Introduction to etching for jewellers

    Introduction to etching for jewellers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to etch images onto metal using resists and acid. This course will introduce you to the basic techniqes of etching and photo-etching and its application for jewellery.

    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

  5. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Thu 22 Oct 2020
    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. Suitable for all 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Hand marbled paper

    Hand marbled paper

    Course Date: Fri 23 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Basketry taster: Burkina Faso technique

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is designed to give you a taste of possibilities enabling you to complete a number of small baskets demonstrating these this technique. These could be pieces in their own right or samples for future experiments or inspiration for developing projects. You will use the traditional British basketry materials rush and willow and maybe some others such as paper, strings and cane.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Bookbinding: box making

    Bookbinding: box making

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make slipcases, clamshell and Japanese boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth, board and fastenings and complete beautiful containers to house your precious books and objects.

    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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  9. Introduction to diamonds

    Introduction to diamonds

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    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

  10. More mosaics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore surface qualities including smooth, textured and relief work, as well as covering non-flat shapes. A wide range of approaches from fine art to ornament will be considered. 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

  11. Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting

    Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gypsy setting, often called flush setting is a technique to set a small round and brilliant cut faceted stone on a metal surface. On this course you will be introduced to the principles and applications of this versatile technique, including making your own bespoke setting tools.

    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

  12. City Lit fine jewellery

    City Lit fine jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.

    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: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,149.00
    Concession: £701.00

  13. City Lit bookbinding course

    City Lit bookbinding course

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.

    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: £1,159.00
    Senior fee: £1,159.00
    Concession: £707.00

  14. Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box

    Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Cut, construct and cover a standard Rare Book design drop-back box to protect and conserve books, archival material or precious objects and artefacts. Great for artwork presentation too!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming models from carved wax, Polymorph and organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, into metal. Bring a selection of materials/small objects that you may want to electroform and learn how to prepare them, handle the electroforming tank and chemicals, and integrate attachments, to create lightweight and hollow pieces.

    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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