Printmaking into bookbinding

Course Dates: 12/05/25 - 23/06/25
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the three dimensional possibilities of print. This course will encourage you to develop your initial ideas through experiments with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures to create an artist’s book. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.
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Printmaking into bookbinding
  • Course Code: VS026
  • Dates: 12/05/25 - 23/06/25
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Mon, Evening
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Claire Hynds

Course Code: VS026

Mon, eve, 12 May - 23 Jun '25

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This print and book intensive is ideal for those who are interested in experimenting with three-dimensional printmaking in the form of artists’ books. On this course you will be able to create your own one-off or small edition artist’s book by combining image, text and structure in a series of workshops supported by specialists in each field.

What will we cover?

This course is designed to develop your ideas by combining printmaking and book arts. We will explore the relationship between the content and structure of the book by experimenting with three print techniques and a range of book styles which will culminate in a unique hand-made book exploring composition, sequence, narrative, space and structure. You are encouraged to follow your own interests and the workshop format of the course will support the development of your ideas. There will be a mixture of group demonstrations and individual tutorial support and some of the demonstrations in bookbinding will be determined by student requirements.

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

• Select and use appropriate materials and processes to produce content for books
• Make a range of models using a range of book arts structures
• Experiment with printmaking and bookbinding techniques
• Use printmaking techniques and folded form to explore narrative and composition.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the book structure in relation to its contents.

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

This course is suitable for all levels but some practical experience of design, printmaking or bookbinding is an advantage in maximising the course potential.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, to use the hand-outs which support demonstrations and to follow health and safety information, and you may also be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

The course is part taught and part workshop-based to accommodate a range of skill levels, processes and techniques. Teaching will consist of demonstrations, one-to-one tutorials and group discussions. Hand-outs will accompany demonstrations. You will be encouraged to investigate the current and historical literature on the subject, and will be informed of publications and events which may be of interest. You will find it helpful to prepare materials and develop work outside of class hours.

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

All basic materials are provided. It is recommended that you bring visual source material i.e. photos, postcards sketchbooks, drawings as inspiration and a notebook is useful. As your project develops you may wish to provide your own bookbinding materials and advice will be given on this by your tutors.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

You might like to pursue this subject by enrolling on one of the longer more intensive courses or continue your exploration by pairing short skills courses. For example:
- Japanese woodcut and Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
- Silkscreen for Graphic arts and Bookbinding: experiments in paper folding or Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books
There are courses in a variety of printmaking and bookbinding techniques. Please check the website for details. Your tutor can advise.

Claire Hynds

Claire Hynds is an artist specialising in printmaking, her work combines drawing and photography with traditional and digital print techniques to create hand printed, limited edition prints and books. Claire studied Fine Art at the University of Wales and was awarded an AHRB to study MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England. She has been teaching printmaking and drawing since 2002 and specialises in traditional etching, photomechanical intaglio processes (photoetching and polymer), screenprinting, bookmaking and artist books. She is a member of East London Printmakers and the Printmakers Council, dividing her time between teaching and her studio practice. Claire has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally and has work in permanent collections at the V&A, the Printmakers Council Archive and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. Claire’s research investigates the urban environment. Visiting examples of modern architecture and new towns she examines what remains of the utopian vision of post war Britain, developing work through drawing, photography and print that explores how these spaces are experienced today.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.