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Illustration And Design For Jewellery Short Course

Course description

A jewellery course designed to provide participants with new skills in drawing, tips and shortcuts for creating beautiful work and a portfolio to build on in the future. The course will help you successfully communicate your creative design ideas. It will explore a number of illustration and design skills and culminate with a group critique that will enable you to share your approach and ideas with others.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with basic making skills who wants to learn how to research concepts and to understand the jewellery design process.

Jewellery students keen to develop their drawing skills towards building a portfolio of work for future studies or for personal development and enjoyment.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

During the first section of the course you will explore drawing skills for jewellery design whilst developing your own personal style.

You will learn how to render different metals and gems and create visually stunning 3D images.

You will then spend time investigating how to find unusual reference material from a variety of sources, using London and its museums and galleries as a source of inspiration.

You will also learn how to successfully utilise this research as part of the design process.

Towards the end of the course you will work on a more substantial personal project based on the previous sessions work, and be shown how to present your work to the highest of standards.

A group critique will conclude the course so that you can share your approach and ideas with others.

Entry requirements: None


Materials for the first session:

  • Retractable pencil 0.3mm, preferably H lead
  • Mechanical pencil 2mm, H lead
  • A rubber/eraser (preferably handheld retractable)
  • A metal ruler
  • A hole guide (plastic template with lots of different circles cut out!)
  • Paper: Grey/neutral coloured - needs to be NON textured.
  • Sharpener for 2mm mechanical pencil
  • paper smudge stick
  • regular graphite pencils in B, 2B, 3B
  • sharpener (regular) for coloured pencils and graphite pencils
  • a sketchbook for taking notes and for drawing out ideas.

For the rest of the course you will also need:

  • Paint Brushes - one extremely fine, one or two slightly larger. 0000, 000 (or 4/0 3/0)  and 00, 0 (or 2/0, 1/0) can be sable or synthetic
  • Something to mix paint on
  • A cup or container for water
  • A small selection of non-water soluable coloured pencils (often called permanent colour) – golden yellow/warm yellow colour, white, dark brown, cool grey/mid grey, red, blue, green and black. A simple set of 12 will work for experimenting. Aquarelle or water soluable coloured pencils can be used for illustration but the technique I will be demonstrating requires non-water soluable coloured pencils due to intensity of colour you can achieve with them
  • A scalpel
  • scissors
  • A2 Foam Core Board
  • Print outs of images you are inspired by or magazine clippings.

Optional but encouraged:


GOUACHE: The following colours are a guide, (first two essential)

  • Golden Yellow (equivalent warm yellow colour - Cadmium yellow, Brilliant Yellow etc)
  • Lemon Yellow (equivalent bright yellow colour - Cadmium lemon, Primary yellow etc)
  • Permanent White
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna (equivalent reddish brown colour – Gold ochre etc)
  • Burnt Umber (equivalent dark brown colour – Vandyke brown etc)
  • Neutral Grey
  • Ivory Black (jet black etc)
  • Madder Carmine (equivalent pinkish red colour - crimson, primary red, permanent rose etc)
  • Emerald (equivalent green colour - brilliant green, jade green etc)
  • Ultramarine (equivalent blue colour - winsor blue, cobalt blue etc)
  • Any other colours in gouache you may wish to paint stones in.
  • WATERCOLOUR - compact set or a selection of watercolour tubes


  • A4 Paper: Grey/neutral coloured - needs to be NON textured (at least 115gsm, but 130/150gsm recommended
  • A A4 pad of Tracing Paper (preferably at least 90gsm)
  • A A4 pad of Graph Paper (1mm grid)

Things you might also find useful that I will demonstrate in class :

  •  blender for coloured pencils (normally shaped like a regular pencil but all grey)
  • Fineliner pens (pigment liner) in 0.1 and 0.05
  • Templates with ovals, other shapes and ellipses.
  • Curve templates – static or flexible

I will have a few watercolour paint sets and also gouache paint if you want to try this medium before buying the paints. There will also be tracing paper and graph paper provided if you forget this.



The Art of Jewelry Design, by Gali, Riviere and Li.
Techniques of Jewellery Illustration and Colour Rendering, by Adolfo Mattiello
Drawing for Jewelers: Master Class in Professional Design, by Berenguer and Asuncion

Drawing Jewels for Fashion, by Carol Woolton

Extended reading (if really interested, as these books contain excellent examples of jewellery illustration)

  • Seaman Schepps - A Century of New York Jewelry Design, by Vaill and Zapata.Verdura - The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler, by Patrick Corbett.
  • Art Deco Jewelry, by Sylvie Raulet
  • Marina B - L'Art de la joaillerie et son design, by Viviane Jutheau de Witt.
  • Paulding Farnham - Tiffanys Lost Genius, by John Loring.
  • Cartier Design viewed by Ettore Sottsass (Exhibition catalogue)
  • The Art of Jewellery Design: From Idea to Reality, by Liz Olver

Books on gemstones that can be good reference for illustrating gems:

  • Gemstones – Cally Hall
  • Gemstones of the World – Walter Schuman

The Jeweller’s Directory of Gemstones – Judith Crowe

Meet the Tutor:

A jewellery course designed to provide participants with new skills in drawing, tips and shortcuts for creating beautiful work and a portfolio to build on in the future. The course will help you successfully communicate your creative design ideas.

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