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.
Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
Course Date: Fri 2 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetGet 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: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £121.00
Course Date: Thu 22 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDiscover 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: £179.00Senior fee: £143.00Concession: £109.00
Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore 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: £99.00Senior fee: £79.00Concession: £60.00
Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDip 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: £69.00Senior fee: £69.00Concession: £69.00
Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.Full fee: £289.00Senior fee: £231.00Concession: £176.00
Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience.Full fee: £469.00Senior fee: £375.00Concession: £286.00
Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetIdeal 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: £339.00Senior fee: £339.00Concession: £207.00
Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA four 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: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £121.00
Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair.Full fee: £349.00Senior fee: £349.00Concession: £213.00
Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDiscover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.
Full fee: £159.00Senior fee: £127.00Concession: £97.00
Course Date: Sat 9 Feb 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore colour, structure, and layering to produce exciting sculptural forms. By combining and extending techniques such as origami and concertina folding, cutting, piercing and slotting, you will create your own unique books.Full fee: £129.00Senior fee: £103.00Concession: £79.00
Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThe 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: £179.00Senior fee: £143.00Concession: £109.00
Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn how to create exciting new materials from paper and fabric for use on your book arts and textile projects. Experiment with dyes, print techniques and hand sewing or begin to combine all three to produce samples and artwork to make personalised endpapers, pages, covers and individual textile pages and samplers. Suitable for beginners.Full fee: £209.00Senior fee: £209.00Concession: £127.00
Course Date: Mon 4 Mar 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA 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: £129.00Senior fee: £103.00Concession: £79.00
Course Date: Mon 18 Mar 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetCreate 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: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £121.00