What is the course about?
The course provides students new to bookbinding with an introduction to a variety of bookbinding techniques, materials and equipment through a series of short complete projects.
What will we cover?
Over the ten weeks of the course we will make a range of book styles; a series of folded books, a single and double section pamphlet, several multi-sectioned books with soft and hard covers of board, paper and cloth, we will explore books with exposed sewing, simple containers, flag books and some Japanese-style sewn books. You will learn several sewing techniques, use of adhesives, cloth, paper, board, small tools and equipment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a variety of sewing techniques to create single and multi-section books
- Use paper, board and cloth to make book covers
- Correctly identify grain direction in paper and board
- Select and use the appropriate adhesives, tools and materials to make books and items from paper and board
- Use the experience and knowledge gained on the course to continue onto other bookbinding courses.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginners and no previous bookbinding experience is necessary. Students with some experience who wish to widen or revise their range of bookbinding techniques are also very welcome. Some level of manual dexterity and attention to detail will be required but this will be taught through step-by step instructions and demonstrations. There will be plenty of opportunity to practise techniques during the sessions.
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 use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught as a group and we will work through the projects together. Individual attention will be given throughout the course and during each session, as required. There may be some small group work from time to time and it is hoped that you will be able to support each other and actively engage in the class group as a whole. Any work you can do outside the class, in the form of research or practise, will help you get more out of the ten weeks, but it is not essential, and no required ‘homework’ will be given. You will be expected to make your own working notes during the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are included in the course fee and will be available in the classroom. There is a small tool kit available for use during the course. If you have a basic bookbinding kit, please do bring it. Should you wish to purchase your own things you will be given guidance on what to get during the first session. Please bring a pen, sharp pencil, eraser and notebook to every session. Small brushes and an apron will also be useful during the course.
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?
There are a range of short and term-long courses available in bookbinding as well as a one-year comprehensive evening course (VD190) for those wishing to study in more depth.
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