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. 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

  2. Willow basket making workshop

    Willow basket making workshop

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make traditional or contemporary baskets. Follow a project of your choice to create beautiful, functional baskets. Beginners will learn to weave willow; those of you with experience will use more complex techniques to improve your finish.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  3. Ceramics: throwing and assemblage

    Ceramics: throwing and assemblage

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  4. Jewellery: etching project

    Jewellery: etching project

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. Gold tooling on paper

    Gold tooling on paper

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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

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

    Book arts for beginners: fold, sew and stamp

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  7. 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 (and 1 other date)
    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

  8. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  9. Electroforming for jewellery

    Electroforming for jewellery

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of electroforming, the process of turning organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, as well as wax pieces and ready-mades, into metal. Create unique jewellery pieces using this innovative process.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. 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

  11. Dyeing cloth for bookbinding

    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

  12. Intensive throwing week

    Intensive throwing week

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills on the wheel. You will have your own wheel and the opportunity to use a variety of types of clay. The course is for experienced throwers and is ideal if you wish to develop your practice further. Intermediate level, throwing skills required.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  13. Jewellery production: 20 pieces in five days

    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

  14. Creative calligraphy

    Creative calligraphy

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Your handwriting is unique; you can use it to add flair to your journals, wedding invitations and greetings cards. Come and learn how to bring the pleasure of handwriting back into your life.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A two-day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

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