Adult Courses

Adult courses

Our short courses offer a variety of inspirational and creative learning opportunities

If you want to develop fresh perspectives with leading thinkers or get creative with contemporary artists, our courses are the place to start. Inspired by our world-renowned collections and research, we bring together Library experts and guest specialists to provide a unique learning experience. 

Explore a vibrant range of subjects on our evening and daytime courses, or develop skills in different art forms on our practical courses and weekend masterclasses. Intimate class sizes mean you'll get the most out of every session with us. On our study days, you'll hear a range of specialists debate key themes from the Library's collections and exhibitions.

Courses are for adults (18 years and over). If you are aged between 16-17 years, please contact AdultLearning@bl.uk

What our participants say...

'‘The attention to detail and the care with which participants were involved at their own level was remarkable.’

'I particularly liked the balance of learning to personal creativity.'

'The content, pace, tutor, confidence gained and the skills introduced: perfect.'

'I couldn't give you higher marks.'

Series events

Artist pencil drawing a life study
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Life Drawing Masterclass: Anglo-Saxons

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Course attendees discussing writing examples
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Comedy Writing for TV and Radio

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Creative papermaking
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Decorative Papers and Bookbinding Masterclass

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Arabic Literature
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Classical Arabic Literature

Five-week course, beginning -
Hand writing notes
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Creative Masterclass for Writers and Translators

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Attendees at an event
Study Day

Study Day: Exploring Diaries 1660 – 2019

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Bookbinding
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Bookbinding Masterclass

Weekend masterclass: -
John Donat / RIBA Collections
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Building Stories

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Old English Masterclass

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Japanese Calligraphy
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Japanese Calligraphy Masterclass

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04 May Architectural Photography Masterclass
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Architectural Photography Masterclass

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Non-latin typeface
Course

Introduction to Non-Latin Type Design

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Gothic
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Gothic

Six-week course, beginning -
Spanish Literature
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Spanish Literary Translation

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Calligraphy
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Expressive Writing and Calligraphy

Six-week course, beginning -
Cookery books
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History of Cookery Books

Weekend course: -
tools and techniques
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Leonardo da Vinci: Drawing Techniques and Tools

Weekend course: -
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Introduction to Ancient Greek

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Greek
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Writing the Greek Classics

Six-week course, beginning -
Life and thought
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Leonardo da Vinci: Life and Thought

Weekend course: -
summer school
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Summer School: Creative Responses to Architecture

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