Try it out: basketry

Course Dates: 08/04/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Polly Pollock

Make a small basket using the interesting basketry technique of Plaiting which is used throughout the world. Be amazed by the potential of plaited basketry which will leave you wanting to learn more. For beginners, or students wishing to refresh basic plaited basketry techniques.

What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:

"It was lovely to go home with a finished piece.."
"Brilliant demonstrations and practical help. A great day!"


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Try it out: basketry


What is the course about?

This course is a brief introduction to Plaited Basketry.
Using the basic techniques of checkweave and bias plaiting you will work with different papers and thin cards to learn these techniques.

What will we cover?

- Introduction to the basics of checkweave and how this is used for both checkweave and bias plaited basketry.
- How to make a simple checkweave basket.
- How to make a simple bias plaited basket.
- Methods of completing baskets made using both these plaited basketry techniques - you will work a different type
of border on each basket made on the course.
- Sourcing and preparing other suitable materials
- Principles of how these techniques could be transferred to working with “natural” materials
- Look at approaches to surface decoration.
- Have a wider knowledge of Plaited Basketry and how makers use this technique.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Source and prepare suitable materials.
- Make a completed checkweave basket.
- Make a completed bias plaited basket.
- Describe how you would make similar work independently from the same or similar materials.
- Identify the difference between several different types of Plaited Basketry.
- Source and prepare suitable materials.
- Make a completed bias plaited basket.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is aimed at both complete beginners, and students who have some previous experience of other basketry techniques who would like to add to their skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a mix of demonstrations together with verbal explanations by the tutor and handouts to
support this, you will also have opportunities to observe and handle samples and examples of work made using this
technique. There will be a short slide presentation showing examples of Plaited Basketry from around the world
putting it into both a traditional and contemporary context.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic materials and equipment are provided.
Small quantities of additional/alternative materials may be available to buy from the Tutor.If you would like to buy
art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from
Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to
show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross
Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a range of Basketry short courses covering a variety of techniques, materials and approaches to working with basketry as a creative medium, eg VC222 Random Weave Basketry (Monday eves 4 weeks over March/April) or The Basketry project VC205, which is a project led course, where you can explore different approaches to coiled basketry (Mondays 8 weeks in Summer Term). The City Lit Basketry course VA190 is a two year, in depth study of Basketry. Next intake will be in September 2019 (interview required).

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VC224

Full Mon, day, 08 Apr - 08 Apr '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £69.00

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