Slip case, portfolio box and clamshell box making.


2nd - 6th September, 2019
Tutor: Lucy May Schofield
Course Fee: £370


By popular demand, we are delighted to welcome Lucy May back for another new summer school week. This year, Join Lucy for an intensive week of deliciously satisfying box making. Lucy will guide you step-by-step through how to make a slip case, portfolio box and clamshell box over the course of this . Artists boxes are perfect vessels to house a collection of drawings, prints, books or indeed anything and the process of building boxes by hand is both skilled and deeply gratifying.


This technically focussed course will provide you with the ability and confidence to construct 3 exquisite, bespoke boxes from board, book cloth and decorative papers. The boxes get more difficult as the week progresses, beginning with the most simple.

Together we will master the techniques to measure, cut, construct, sand and cloth cover a slip case. On day one you will make a hardback sketchbook, followed by a slip case to house it, which will fit inside a magnet clasp portfolio box made on day three, which will sit neatly inside a clamshell box by the end of the week. Think Baboushka doll but with boxes. These boxes are unique and beautiful objects that will leave you eager to make more and more. 

Please be aware that the nature of box making requires a degree of accuracy and precision and is technically, rather than creatively focussed. Measurements will be in mm's and students are required to be proficient in using craft knives and scalpels. 

All summer school courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. All materials and equipment are supplied, with a simple lunch provided daily. It is important to wear old clothes as art is a messy business. Be prepared and dress for the Highland weather, expect sun and rain, four seasons have been experienced in one day! Outdoor, waterproof clothing is essential for outdoor courses.