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.

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  1. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles a case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Book arts: graphic techniques and book structure

    Course Date: Mon 4 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A series of creative exercises and detailed instructions on how to fold, sew, and bind designed pages into an eye-catching multi-section exposed-spine book.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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

    Design and bind it: bookbinding techniques for graphic artists I

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in how to make dynamic book structures? Then this is the course for you - an opportunity to create a series of books based on individual key graphic design elements - line, colour, shape, image and type.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. DIY publishing: pamphlets and chapbooks

    DIY publishing: pamphlets and chapbooks

    Course Date: Mon 18 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a hands-on experience for your reader with a DIY book. Develop self-publishing techniques using your own content within a traditional book form that is simple to learn, quick to produce and easy to edition.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Introduction to packaging design

    Introduction to packaging design

    Course Date: Wed 27 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Creative packaging is often as important as the item inside. Learn how to make a range of boxes in paper and card. Cut, fold and glue prototypes, create your own artwork and customise templates to produce unique packaging. For graphic designers, DIY artists and lovers of paper crafts.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Fri 29 Mar 2019
    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 some historical techniques and materials.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Boxes for prints

    Course Date: Wed 10 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a clamshell box from board, bookcloth and paper. Leave with a completed box to house existing small scale prints and objects or for future work.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 14 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  9. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  10. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one term course is designed to help students to develop their bookbinding skills. You will already have some experience of binding techniques and some knowledge of tools, materials and equipment in order to benefit from this workshop-style class. There will be the opportunity to work on your own projects, or to practice skills in which you feel less confident in order to enable you to progress to higher level courses.

    Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Build intermediate to advanced bookbinding

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £351.00
    Concession: £268.00

  12. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  13. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £375.00
    Concession: £286.00

  14. Bookbinding: introduction to boxmaking

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make clamshell and Japanese boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth, board and fastenings and complete two beautiful containers to house your precious books and objects.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

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