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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.

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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.
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Next course on 23rd April 2017
Restore your favourite paperback to its full glory at Lincoln Castle! Bring your favourite paperback or simple cloth bound book that needs a repair and lets see if we can mend it or give it a new lease of life. Using basic glued repairs and sawing in of cords and supports we can rebind single sheet books. Also you will make a case binding of cloth and learn how these can be repaired. The course...
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Next course on 3rd June 2017
Learn to make a hand bound leather journal. This hands-on workshop will teach you to make a hand bound leather journal from scratch. Starting with a large sheet of paper you'll be guided through the process of turning it into the individual pages of the journal, binding them together and adding a leather cover as well as a page marker. You will be given the opportunity to dye the veg tan leather to form the...
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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...
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Next course on 30th May 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...
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Next course on 20th April 2017
This course 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 how to illustrate. It is also ideal...
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Next course on 15th June 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. One day Reduction Linocut printmaking with Janet Dickson We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel from her Northumberland home & print studio to take her wonderful Linocut courses at Greystoke. Her style, love of garden, flora and landscape fit perfectly; and hopefully we'll be holding at least one of her courses in the garden! During the class Janet will...
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Next course on 9th July 2017
One day book making workshop in Cardigan. Learn about book binding and make a casebound sketchbook with Carole King, in the wonderful surroundings of Ceridwen. Course offered by 'Make it in Wales'. Make an A5 casebound sketchbook with good quality, acid free cartridge. In just one day you will learn all the necessary techniques to create a beautiful volume of your own design. The functional hardback covers will be decorated with your own choice of...
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Next course on 10th July 2017
Two week animation course in Nottingham. This course is aimed at people wishing to be animators of the future. It combines an introduction to the creative and technical aspects of 3D animation with information about today’s animation industry. Following an introduction to the history of 3D animation you will be set a project to develop an animated character and accompanying narrative. Your time will be split between working in the animation studio on your project,...
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Next course on 22nd April 2017
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...