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. Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Introduction to beaded jewellery

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taking inspiration from fashion and accessories on the catwalk, this course will give you a thorough grounding in both traditional and contemporary beaded jewellery techniques, to produce your own beaded piece. Explore traditional and contemporary beaded jewellery techniques grips with important beading tools and skills, and learn about key aspects of designing for the catwalk - looking at current trends, creating mood boards to develop ideas, designing your own collections and creating a striking final piece.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover simple, effective techniques to bring metal jewellery alive through colour, texture and patterns. Practise dying, printing and using resists on anodised aluminium, with striking results you can replicate at home.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  3. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using historical techniques and materials.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 17 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at Build.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  5. Introduction to leather jewellery

    Introduction to leather jewellery

    Course Date: Mon 18 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking for a fun place to start your jewellery making? Or already a jewellery maker but feeling inspired to try a new material? Join this introductory class to learn all about leather and explore a range of techniques and processes to make attractive leather jewellery including bangles, cuffs and earrings.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Pottery: throwing practice

    Pottery: throwing practice

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Open to experienced throwers and those who need more practice time. You will improve your technical abilities through guided tuition and repetition, as well as developing skills and confidence in construction and decoration techniques.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Ceramics: throwing and assemblage

    Ceramics: throwing and assemblage

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Build on your existing skills by exploring form and surface. Create functional or non-functional objects by throwing, cutting and later assembling different components. Intermediate level, requiring basic throwing skills.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  8. Gold tooling on paper

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a great introduction to gold tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on paper with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  9. Jewellery: etching project

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Etching is the process of using an acid and a resist to create patterns, texture and surface decoration on metal. This week-long course is a structured exploration of a range of etching techniques for jewellery, encouraging you to apply them to your own jewellery designs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay

    Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop new skills in traditional ceramic decorating, including how to interpret patterns, text and drawings on a clay surface using slip-techniques, agates and textures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Book arts for beginners: fold, sew and stamp

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Immerse yourself in a weekend of creative book making. You will make a range of simple folded and sewn books, learn some useful skills and try out some print techniques. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  12. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Aimed at beginners or those wanting a refresher. Join this action-packed weekend to make a pendant and a silver ring. Implementing fundamental jewellery making techniques, you'll gain the basic skills you need to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  13. Dyeing cloth for bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into colour: learn a range of dye techniques and discover how to line and back your dyed fabric to create stunning individual pieces of cloth for bookbinding.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Basketry: shopping basket from recycled cardboard

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Transform your Ikea flat-pack cardboard packaging into a useful and surprisingly strong and long-lasting shopping or wastepaper basket.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. Jewellery production: 20 pieces in five days

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to add another level to your jewellery making? Up for the challenge of creating a collection? From idea to product, discover the techniques and strategies to create 20 pieces in just five days on this exciting, fast-paced course.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

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