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. Basketry taster: windmill knot and Burkina Faso techniques

    Basketry taster: windmill knot and Burkina Faso techniques

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A four session introduction to basketry, through two intriguing techniques from South East Asia and Africa using traditional English materials rush and willow. Suitable for beginner basketmakers and those wanting to explore different basketry techniques.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  2. Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your soldering let your jewellery work down? If you would 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 will be soldering with confidence.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Course Date: Tue 30 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming models from carved wax, Polymorph 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  4. Introduction to jewellery for men

    Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
    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: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Hand marbled paper

    Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Pottery for beginners

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting possibilities of pottery using the main pottery techniques of hand-building and throwing. Simple surface decoration, glazing and firing will also be taught.
    Full fee: £459.00
    Senior fee: £459.00
    Concession: £280.00

  7. More mosaics

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018
    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Designing for ceramic work with Photoshop

    Designing for ceramic work with Photoshop

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to transform simple ceramicwares with the use of photo transfers and Adobe Photoshop. Using scanned images, photos or artwork, edit your design before applying images onto plates, cups etc. Work will be kiln fired and we will cover the design process from start to finish.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00

  10. Introduction to precious metal clay

    Introduction to precious metal clay

    Course Date: Fri 9 Nov 2018
    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 are 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting

    Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting

    Course Date: Sat 10 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gypsy setting, often called flush setting is a technique to set a small round and brilliant cut faceted stone on a metal surface. On this course you will be introduced to the principles and applications of this versatile technique, including making your own bespoke setting tools.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls

    Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls

    Course Date: Mon 12 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Modern calligraphy

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Course Date: Thu 22 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and stylish binding. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include tabs and decorative linings to personalise your work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Handmade stamps for paper and textiles

    Handmade stamps for paper and textiles

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative potential of handmade stamps made from mixed media, found objects and natural materials. Learn how to design and print your own fabric and paper for use on a range of projects.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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