Bookbinding Courses in London

Our courses cover:

  • Bookbinding - develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects.
  • Book conservation - practical courses on paper repair, leather and cloth conservation, hand tooling and machine blocking.
  • Book arts - explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique pieces in our book art courses.
Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level, some also include talks by contemporary practitioners.

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

  1. Book arts: creative paper engineering

    Book arts: creative paper engineering

    Course Date: Thu 23 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  2. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  3. Design and bind it: bookbinding techniques for graphic artists II

    Design and bind it: bookbinding techniques for graphic artists II

    Course Date: Sun 7 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make dynamic book structures which explore the relationship between key graphic design elements and a range of folded and sewn book forms.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Gold tooling on paper

    Gold tooling on paper

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jul 2019
    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: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  5. Conservation workshop: simple repairs to paper and books

    Conservation workshop: simple repairs to paper and books

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to book conservation and paper repair. Try your hand at loose leaf reattachment and book

    refurbishment. Expert demonstrations will inform your learning. Suitable for students with basic bookbinding skills.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Taster day in conservation

    Taster day in conservation

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy a week in the print and book studios and leave with an artist’s book. This course will encourage you to experiment with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures and help you to develop your initial ideas into a finished work. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  8. Build bookbinding course

    Build bookbinding course

    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

  9. Build bookbinding: intermediate

    Build bookbinding: intermediate

    Course Date: Mon 7 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.
    Full fee: £599.00
    Senior fee: £599.00
    Concession: £365.00

  10. Paper marbling

    Paper marbling

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling. From Japanese Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size, try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

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