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. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Try it out: jewellery making

    Try it out: jewellery making

    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Make a willow basket in two evenings

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a small bread or fruit basket over two evening sessions. Suitable for beginners as an introduction to traditional willow basketry techniques, or for those with some experience wanting to refresh their 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Repair your jewellery tools

    Repair your jewellery tools

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fed up with your jewellery making tools getting lost or damaged? Want to know how to sharpen them, and keep them in tip top condition? This short workshop will introduce you to proper care of your equipment, and where to source new additions.

    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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques

    Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, dip dyed papers, rubber stamps and a marbling technique for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Book arts drop-in

    Book arts drop-in

    Course Date: Mon 14 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.

    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

  7. City Lit ceramics

    City Lit ceramics

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.

    This course is now full for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    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: £1,729.00
    Senior fee: £1,383.00
    Concession: £1,055.00

  8. City Lit ceramics workshop

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Workshop in ceramics alongside students on VR710 City Lit ceramics.

    The course is currently full but is taking applications for the waiting list .

    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: £1,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,499.00
    Concession: £1,499.00

  9. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a stiff-boarded binding in full vellum. Practise ‘pulling’ (disbinding) a book, preparing it for rebinding, making endpapers, edge-gilding, sewing multi-coloured end-bands, and preparing and covering with vellum. Suitable for advanced level students.

    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: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £670.00

  10. Ceramics portfolio course

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    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.

    This course is now full for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    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: £2,609.00
    Senior fee: £2,087.00
    Concession: £1,591.00

  11. Pottery: evening course

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We will also cover glazing and surface decoration.

    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: £499.00
    Concession: £304.00

  12. Pottery: morning course

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and explore both traditional and experimental making and decorating techniques in ceramics: coiling, slab-building, press moulding and throwing. With an introduction to basic glazing and the use of stains and oxides.

    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: £409.00
    Senior fee: £327.00
    Concession: £249.00

  13. Pottery: afternoon course

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and explore both traditional and experimental making and decorating techniques in ceramics: coiling, slab-building, press moulding and throwing. With an introduction to basic glazing and the use of stains and oxides.

    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: £409.00
    Senior fee: £327.00
    Concession: £249.00

  14. Jewellery: design lab

    Jewellery: design lab

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    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.

    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: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  15. Advanced ceramics

    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Designed for Intermediate / Advanced level. Students will be encouraged to develop their practical skills alongside critical thinking leading to a more personal visual language.

    Through an experimental approach, students will be encouraged to extend their knowledge and experience with a variety of hand building techniques and to build an understanding of a range of clays and their properties. Also to explore fully the potential of colour and glazed surface.

    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: £799.00
    Senior fee: £639.00
    Concession: £487.00

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