LEARN-TO Jewellery Rendering Course 21 FEB - 13 MARCH 2024

Date: Wednesday 21 February, 2024

Start Time: 6PM

End Time: 8:30PM

Venue: FORGE

21st February - 13th March (4 week course)

You will learn the essential tools and techniques for creating precise technical drawings, which are the most important communication tool between the designer, client, jeweller, and manufacturer. By having a precise drawing, we can ensure that the final piece matches the intended design and minimises the need for additional clarification or assistance. Not only that, but you will also be taught the importance of coming up with original ideas by getting inspiration from the elements around you. This workshop is an opportunity to learn and grow your skills in the field of jewellery.

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What will I make?

You will create one drawing using various techniques to add colour and definition to your design. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, there is something for everyone to learn and create.

Beginner students will focus on basic technical drawing with a mechanical pen, learning how to describe shapes of metal, as well as cabochon and faceted gemstones and wrap-over, pavé, and claw setting.

Intermediate students will have the opportunity to design a brooch, earring, ring or pendant. You can create compositions between gemstones with the metal design, applying fine black liner, and finish a full rendering using a brush pen.

Advanced students will have the chance to refine their ideas for personal use or a company project by advancing their skills in design, drawing and rendering with watercolour.

What will happen on the day? 

You will be introduced to Bibi, your instructor, and what you can get out of the course. This will be followed by a discussion of your skill level, experience and goal(s) for the workshop. Drawing equipment will be distributed before Bibi briefly demonstrates jewellery design sketching and colouring techniques.

Based on the demonstration, you will then apply methods for creating sketches and rendering designs for different materials such as silver and gold, and gemstones through hands-on practice.

You will practise one of the following: ring, bracelet, necklace, brooch or earrings. During the workshop, you can approach your instructor for individual consultation and feedback.

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: EASY / MEDIUM / HARD

No previous experience will be required as this workshop is suitable for all levels.

What should I bring?

Any special items or gems for developing into jewellery projects.

Reference photos are optional

The workshop will provide all necessary drawing equipment.

What should I wear? 

No specific dress code is needed.

Who is my instructor?

Bibi Cheung is a designer, goldsmith, wax modeller, sculptor, and co-founder of jewellery brand TVRRINI. From 1989 to 1996, she trained in jewellery design, goldsmithing, hand engraving and setting at City of London Polytechnic, graduating from the institution with a Master's of Art in Applied and Visual Culture in Jewellery. She has achieved multiple awards that recognise design and craft skills from organisations including De Beers, the Goldsmiths Company, the British Jewellers Association, and David Morris. Currently, Bibi is part of the teaching team at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

How do I get there? 

See contact page for details on public transport and parking.