Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

Do you enjoy making things? Choose from a number of our contemporary craft courses in London such as calligraphy courses, basketry, bookbinding, jewellery making courses and ceramics and pottery courses that will allow you to explore your artistic creativity using a variety of different materials. 

Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

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  1. Beginners' bookbinding

    Beginners' bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, 6 week introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books progressing to a more complex stitched binding and explore the world of handmade books.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  2. Introduction to jewellery making

    Introduction to jewellery making

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop a range of essential jewellery making techniques and processes for creating metal jewellery. This course is designed for beginners who would like to gain fundamental skills like sawing, filing, sanding, drilling, texturing, forging and soldering. Explore these techniques in set projects and use them to design and make your own pieces.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    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. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Laser cutting for fashion applications

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore digital craftmanship using laser cutting techniques producing textiles for fashion applications. Understand the manufacturing possibilities by sampling and testing paper and fabrics, developing a variety of textile patterns. Work to a brief or personal project. Suitable for learners new to laser cutting, yet some experience on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is required.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper, both as flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  6. Ceramics portfolio course

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Attending two days a week, you will develop your ceramic techniques and drawing skills to build a portfolio of 2D and 3D work. Focus on the development of your personal ideas within a structure of varied projects, which could lead onto study in further and higher education. Some materials are included.
    Full fee: £2,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,999.00
    Concession: £1,524.00

  7. Mosaics introductory: direct method

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base. Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  8. Jewellery: design lab

    Jewellery: design lab

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy working on your own jewellery projects in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? Join our interactive jewellery design lab to perfect your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches. Develop your own projects with expert guidance, and step outside your comfort zone to produce top-quality pieces.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  9. City Lit basketry course

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of basketry techniques: stake and strand, plaiting, twining and coiling, in materials such as willow, cane, rush and other, less traditional ones. On successful completion of this two-year course, following an exhibition of some of your work, you will receive a City Lit certificate in basketry. Suitable for beginners, though some craft experience is expected. Payment plans will be available.



    This course is will accept applications from January 2019. To register your interest for this course, please contact visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £2,999.00
    Senior fee: £2,399.00
    Concession: £1,829.00

  10. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the beautiful variety of sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a box, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Calligraphy: flourished decorations

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class is being offered to those who wish to study further the art of flourishing for use with pointed pen lettering. Lettering will not be taught in this class. We will spend time going over a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishes, stand alone decorative elements, the principals of correct shape, size and design.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  12. Book conservation for beginners I

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Understand the structure, collating and pulling of a book. Practise paper cleaning and repair. Learn how to re-sew a text-block, mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  13. Calligraphy for beginners

    Calligraphy for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write formal calligraphy scripts using a broad-edge pen and ink.

    Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left and right-handers.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  14. Beaded jewellery making

    Beaded jewellery making

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy trying your hand at beaded jewellery making? Do you want to create beautiful beaded necklaces, bracelets,

    earrings and tiaras? Join our introductory course for all levels to discover where to find the best beads, how to knot with thread, manipulate and twist wire, use textile techniques and learn how to finish your work using clasps.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. Pottery: beginners' throwing course

    Pottery: beginners' throwing course

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn basic methods for making simple bowls and vases, and discover how to throw and produce interesting forms. Ideal for beginners.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £449.00
    Concession: £274.00

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