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Book making and illustrating courses, classes and workshops across the UK. Learn the art of illustrating books, using hand-marbled paper and special book cloths. Create, write and illustrate your own picture books or your own hand bound journals. Come and join a course, workshop or group and be inspired by expert tuition as well as like-minded company.

Next course on 3rd October 2017
During this workshop students will make 2-3 different types of non-adhesive books; a pamphlet booklet, a long stitched book and a multi sectioned bound book all with soft covers using Khadi Indian handmade paper. These styles of binding allows for the use of a variety of paper weights including graph paper, tracing paper, decorative paper and envelopes. You will be taught how to measure, pierce and stitch each book using cotton thread and ribbons to...
Join us to learn the art of book folding, while chatting, making new friends and drinking tea. Bring a book (hard back) or alternatively choose one of ours. Our tutor will guide you through the folding process and you will leave with a fab new statement piece for your home. Once you have got the bug...folded books make great gifts for weddings, christenings, birthdays, valentines, anniversaries and christmas keepsakes.
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript - one day course Embellish your work with gold! Students will be introduced to the variety of illuminated manuscripts. The morning will be spent learning how to apply gold leaf to paper using various traditional techniques. Having mastered this skill, the afternoon will be spent creating a small scale medieval design in watercolour and 24 carat gold leaf to take home. No drawing skills or experience necessary as there will be a...
Next course on 14th August 2017
2017 course dates: Tuesday 30 May - Friday 2 June (4 days) - £358 - please note the start time of 12 noon for this course. Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August (5 days) Monday 4 December - Friday 8 December (5 days) Tutor: George Davidson Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given...
Next course on 5th October 2017
Ten weeks of children's book illustrations. These evening classes will introduce you to the world of children’s books. With guidance you will create your own illustrated story for children, focusing on the internal workings of a picture book. It runs for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings between 6 pm and 8.30 pm. The course is suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced wanting to build their portfolio, and writers who want to learn...
no5workshops run stimulating taster art workshops to introduce you to printmaking methods. These include; linoprinting, mono printing, gelli printing, woodcut, paper making, shiburi textiles. minimum 4 people, maximum 8. You will be taught by a fully qualified Art and Design teacher with more than 25 years teaching experience in the post 16 sector; A Level, BTec, Foundation, Access and Degree level. Come and join a group or celebrate a special occasion with friends. Get in...
Take your gold work to the next level! This illumination workshop at Lincoln Castle focuses solely on the use of manuscript gesso and loose leaf gold. Raising the gold on gesso means that it can be burnished to a high shine producing beautiful resutls. It is a more advanced technique than the one used on our Illuminated Manuscripts day course so makes a interesting next step for those who have some experience. No drawing skills...
Next course on 18th August 2017
Create your own authentic limp vellum binding! Explore the techniques of a limp vellum binding. Get to grips with this early style binding, of a book without hard covers, held together with threads and leather or parchment thongs threaded through a folded parchment cover. During the day you will learn how to sew a paper block onto thongs; how to mark up and fold your cover, secure your book together and create front ties. These...
Next course on 19th August 2017
Discover how wooden boards are laced onto bindings like the Domesday book. During the course you will create an authentic style wooden covered binding for you to take home at the end of the day. Over the day you will discover how to sew a group of paper pages together on cords creating raised bands. The wooden boards are recessed then drilled and filed to create holes for the threads known as thongs to attach...
Next course on 29th July 2017
Pencil Drawing for Beginners with Louise Comfort Cann, at Rural Antics, Hanwell Wine Estate, Nottinghamshire The spring and summer months are a special time here at Hanwell Wine Estate and it’s set to be a busy season in the Rural Antics Calendar. We’re looking forward to inviting the local community to join us whilst we discover everything from foraging to willow weaving to landscape oil painting. We’re particularly excited to welcome local illustrator Louise Comfort-Cann...