What is the course about?
This is a course to develop existing skills to a much higher level in pursuit of excellence. With sufficient core skills
to make a round basket without tutor intervention, participants will be able to move to new forms and techniques,
develop increased mastery of the materials and a good eye for proportion and design.
All students will start the course with hoop making and working with a scallomed base. Students will move on to a form of their choice after discussion with the tutor. This may include square or round work.
It will teach new skills to intermediate, advanced and those already professional. The aim of the course is to increase regularity and precision, and to improve students choice of materials for different parts of the work.
What will we cover?
This will vary depending on existing skill level but will cover all forms of willow basketry familiar to the tutor.
These will include hoop making, scalloming, fitching, squarework and wider borders. Individual programmes will be planned during the weaving of the first basket and will be tailored to skill level and student’s desired outcomes.
Professionals will work on more complex objects than those with less experience. Baskets may be functional or
sculptural but will be on a scale to fit the working space.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Move existing skills to a higher level
• Work more independently on more complex forms
• Work with a wider repertoire of techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at intermediate, advanced or professional levels. It is essential you can make a small round
basket without any help.
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 by demonstration, from examples, from books and dvds and by discussion and feedback within
This is an intensive course where students will be encouraged to repeat techniques between workshops.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Tools are provided to be used in the class, but you may choose to purchase a few extra tools or books for you own
use. Materials, mostly willows, are included in the cost of the course. Extra willow will be available to purchase for particularly ambitious projects, you will be able to discuss this with your tutor.
Please bring any baskets, books or pictures of baskets you particularly like that would provide inspiration for you
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The Basketry project VC205 is a project led course, where you can explore different approaches to basketry. City Lit also runs short courses in other basketry materials and techniques such as rush, plaiting or random weave. The City Lit Basketry course VA190 is a two year, in depth study of Basketry, next entry is in September 2019.
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