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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Fancy trying your hand at beaded jewellery making? Learn how to work with beads, wire, thread and findings to create beautiful beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and tiara designs. Join our introductory course for all levels to discover where to find the best beads, how to knot with thread, manipulate and twist wire and learn how to finish your work using clasps.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Introduction to precious metal clay

    Introduction to precious metal clay

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to discover one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure copper when fired. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced jeweller, learn the basic techniques of working with this magic material as well as more innovative uses, to create original items of 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  5. 3D Print a ring using Rhino

    3D Print a ring using Rhino

    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic steps to 3D model a ring using Rhino software in our bespoke digital and design lab. Send your file to be 3D printed in resin and leave with a simple piece of jewellery to take away. All materials included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Beginners' jewellery I

    Beginners' jewellery I

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn all the basics of metal jewellery work by making a range of sample pieces in copper and a finished jewellery piece of your own design. You will be shown how to buy silver so you can take home at least one wearable piece.

    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020
    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: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming

    Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the traditional technique of repousse (pushed metal) and fold forming. You will learn the basics of this traditional hammering method and explore the use of single and multiple folds in sheet metal to help you create your own 3-dimensional forms. Emphasis will be on experimentation of the demonstrated techniques with copper, as the organic processes create a wide variety of unique results.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Modern calligraphy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  10. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery

    Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.

    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

  11. City Lit advanced calligraphy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into calligraphy with this three term advanced level course. Learn techniques and develop essential skills for using tools and materials to produce beautiful work. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in calligraphy and design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in calligraphy and the design world. An exciting, challenging, indepth 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: £1,399.00
    Senior fee: £1,399.00
    Concession: £853.00

  12. Glazing your work

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who have attended our ceramics courses, this is an opportunity to return and glaze your fired work. Basic glazing techniques will be taught, with advice on which glazes to use.

    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  13. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes

    Course Date: Thu 19 Nov 2020
    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 fold-out case, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. City Lit basketry course: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For learners experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques, this advanced course will help to develop your skills. You will be introduced to a range of advanced techniques, and emphasis will be placed on self directed study and developing a personal portfolio of work. This course is suitable for those experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques and who have completed the City Lit basketry course or have equivalent 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: £1,199.00
    Senior fee: £959.00
    Concession: £731.00

  15. Try it out conservation

    Try it out conservation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic

    techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further

    study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    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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