Bookbinding Workshop - Intermediate

Come along to our Bookbinding Workshop to spend some quality time working on your bookbinding or book conservation projects.

This is a lovely, welcoming intermediate group with some learners who have been attending for many years, and some newer to the college.

Please note that this is an Untutored Workshop, so this is for experienced bookbinders who can work on their own projects. There will be a tutor available to offer technical advice and keep an eye on health and safety in the room, but they will not be teaching the class.

Course Content

Course aims:

• You will develop your understanding of conservation ethics and techniques.
• You will develop your abilities in bookbinding, which may include new binding styles or refinement of technique.
• You will discuss your aims with your tutor and come up with some achievable personal targets for the course, making progress in independent projects and identifying skills to learn or improve.

Develop creative content while progressing through a intermediate range of technical skills which can be combined and adapted to develop your own project. Then create your own Artist’s Book using techniques, materials and interests developed through the skills projects.

Binding methods combine western and eastern techniques, traditional and contemporary approaches to books and book structures. Learn safe and reliable techniques for measuring, cutting, aligning, folding, gluing and pressing in order to produce an Artist’s Book which embodies the artists’ intention.

Sessions include demonstrations, detailed handouts, step-by-step instructions & diagrams, one-to-one guidance, group discussion and group learning. Students of various levels work together enhancing an exchange of ideas, skills and mutual inspiration.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Not suitable for beginners, you must have some experience and the ability to work independently.
This does not have to be through formal coursework, self study or independent experimentation can be sufficient.
An interest in developing creative ideas in book form.
Good written and verbal communication in English.
Good manual dexterity and coordination.
This course involves sharps including binding needles and cutting knives. Instruction and safety handling is given at the beginning of the course.

First Class Requirements

Writing materials and a notebook.
Any tools which you may already have.
One book you may have which demonstrates your interests.
A selection of images, a short text, sketchbook or found object which you may like to develop as a book project.
Tools and materials will be available on the first day if you do not already have your own. You will be advised on tools and materials purchase from outside suppliers on the first day.

Attendance Requirements

This is a leisure course, there is no attendance requirement.
You are encouraged to attend all sessions, especially the demonstrations. If a class is missed, you may review the missed material at a later time.

Further Study Options

This course will prepare you to independently complete book projects of medium complexity to exhibition quality.

Class discussions of book presentation, competitions, book arts galleries and collections will further aid students wishing to pursue further opportunities.

Additional Information

You may wish to purchase special tools and materials specific to each project. This is discussed during the course.
Advice on quality, quantity and suppliers is provided.
All instruction pertaining to the projects covered in this course is provided.
Advice on special collections of Book Arts in the UK will be discussed during class sessions.
The tutor is happy to organise a special visit to a special collection should students wish to do so. Further details available during the first session.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.