Contemporary crafts

Do you enjoy making things? Choose from a number of our contemporary craft courses in London such as calligraphy courses, basketry, bookbinding, jewellery making courses and ceramics and pottery courses that will allow you to explore your artistic creativity using a variety of different materials. 

Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

Contemporary crafts highlights

Bookbinding

Bookbinding

Calligraphy

Calligraphy

Mosaics

Mosaics

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  1. Build contemporary jewellery

    Build contemporary jewellery

    Course Date: Thu 5 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Delve into the world of contemporary jewellery and develop your skills in drawing, design, critical thinking and technical skills. This rigorous, multi-disciplinary year-long course is suitable for intermediate to advanced jewellers who want to build on their current experience. Get to grips with a series of short and longer practical projects, learn from expert visiting tutors, explore varied materials and technologies, and hone your research and critical thinking skills, culminating in an end-of-year public exhibition. Term 1: 05/10/17 - 14/12/17 (11 weeks)

    Term 2: 18/01/2018 - 22/03/2018 (10 weeks)

    Term 3: 19/04/2018 - 28/06/2018 (11 weeks)



    Applications for this course will be reviewed on the 18th July 2017 and interviews will take place on the 25th July 2017. We will continue to accept applications after this date.
    Full fee: £1,199.00
    Senior fee: £959.00
    Concession: £731.00

  2. Introduction to diamonds

    Introduction to diamonds

    Course Date: Sat 28 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  3. Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Course Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming carved wax models and organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, into metal. Learn how to prepare objects, handle the electroforming tank and chemicals, and integrate attachments, to create professional-looking lightweight and hollow pieces.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Course Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your soldering let your jewellery work down? If you'd like to practise without worrying about the outcome, get expert help and improve your understanding and technique, then come and join this practical course. Soon you'll be soldering with style.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Introduction to men's jewellery

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical jewellery course focusing on designing and making men’s jewellery, using casting and etching to produce organic textures on rings, cuffs and cufflinks. Design and make leather and braided cord cuffs with specialist knots and rivets.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. More mosaics

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore surface qualities including smooth, textured and relief work, as well as covering non-flat shapes. A wide range of approaches from fine art to ornament will be considered. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £207.00

  7. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery

    Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery

    Course Date: Sun 5 Nov 2017
    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. Whether you're 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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  8. Knotting, stringing and multi strands for beads, pearls and semi precious stones

    Knotting, stringing and multi strands for beads, pearls and semi precious stones

    Course Date: Mon 6 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the technical skills involved to create a professional finish in beaded jewellery.

    Master knotting between pearls and beads, get to grips with stringing semi precious stones and consider how to create multi strand necklaces and bracelets.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Book arts: bindings in acrylic, acetate and plastic

    Course Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try something new by working with a range of materials not commonly associated with bookbinding. Discover the potential of strong, translucent yet colourful plastics and transform them into a range of exciting books.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Introduction to precious metal clay

    Introduction to precious metal clay

    Course Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017
    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're 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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Introduction to gold and foil blocking

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to block simple labels and spines using foil and gold leaf and how to set up and space type correctly. We'll also practise blocking on paper, cloth and leather.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  12. Designing for ceramic work with Photoshop

    Course Date: Wed 15 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to convert scanned images, photos or artwork made within Photoshop into ceramic transfers, and apply them to plates, cups etc. Work will be kiln fired. We will cover the entire design process from start to finish.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Enamelling workshop: dry-sifting, wet-packing and cloisonné

    Course Date: Fri 17 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with vitreous enamelling, a decorative technique for jewellery, to create vibrant colour and striking effects. This course is for beginners and those who have tried enamelling before, and are interested in continuing with the guidance of the expert tutor. Use transparent and opaque colour, and methods such as cloisonné, to discover the possibilities of integrating enamelling into you jewellery design and making.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Taster day in conservation

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017
    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. Tutor: Nesta Davies.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  15. How it works: weaving in willow

    How it works: weaving in willow

    Course Date: Tue 21 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore basic willow basketry structures and weaves. This course will guide beginners through a simple project to make a small, round, functional basket.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

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