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. Conservation and repair I

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation on this 6 week introduction. Learn about the structure, collating and pulling of a book. Practise some paper cleaning and repair, and learn how to re-sew a text-block. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Bookbinding: box making

    Bookbinding: box making

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make slipcases, clamshell and Japanese boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth, board and fastenings and complete beautiful containers to house your precious books and objects.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  3. Laser cut a leather book cover

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to laser cut leather on this introductory course. You will learn some basic drawing skills in Adobe Illustrator to produce a design that will be cut or etched into leather. The completed leather can then be used to make a soft cover for a book or on other bookbinding and craft projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Bookbinding: limp vellum binding

    Bookbinding: limp vellum binding

    Course Date: Tue 26 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce you to the techniques for making a flexible and versatile limp vellum binding and equip you with the skills needed to produce a beautiful binding of your own. Some bookbinding experience required.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. Gold tooling on a paper binding

    Gold tooling on a paper binding

    Course Date: Fri 6 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge and experience of gold tooling on paper whilst learning how to gold tool on a paper-covered book, using hand finishing tools, BS Glaire and loose gold leaf. For those with experience in gold tooling using hand finishing tools and gold leaf.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  6. Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, stamps and simple dyeing and marbling techniques for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Beginners' book arts

    Beginners' book arts

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to explore the three-dimensional and sculptural qualities of handmade books using layered forms, star books and other theatrical book forms. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique handmade books.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Build bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £274.00

  9. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn 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: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  11. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and stylish bindings. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include some decorative elements to personalise your work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Book conservation for beginners II

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn 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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  13. Start bookbinding

    Start bookbinding

    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Conservation and repair II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 6 week course will introduce the skills needed to repair cloth case bound books. You will learn how to mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards. There will be time to practice paper repairs and re-sewing books. Suitable for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend a day experimenting with leather dye and dyeing techniques. You will be introduced to different dye types, methods of applying dye and a range of creative techniques such as resist, crackle and speckling, to use on bookbinding and other leather projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

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