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What will you do?

This workshop is specifically dedicated to illustrating gems and semi-precious stones that are cabochon cut. You will learn how light affects volumes and materials and what it is like to paint transparent gemstones with gouache. 

A cabochon is a gemstone that is polished rather than faceted. The shape usually has a convex or rounded front with a flat back. Cabochon polishing was the standard method before faceted polishing of gemstones developed. No prior knowledge is required for this workshop.

The workshop will be taught in English.



10.00 - 10.30: The art of gem drawing

10.30 - 11.30: Interaction between light, volumes and materials

11.30 - 12.30: Gouache technique 

12.30 - 13.00: Break

13.00 - 16.30: Exercises


Curious about more?

Follow the other basics workshop 'Drawing Gems: Diamonds' or the advanced workshop 'Drawing Gems: Colours & Facets'.


Workshop facilitator

Inesa Kovalova is a jewellery designer with extensive experience in drawing. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London and the Creative Academy in Milan - a private design school of the Richemont Group. There, she worked on projects for Richemont brands such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Vacheron Constantine, Roger Dubuis and others, followed by an internship at the Van Cleef and Arpels design department in Paris.

In addition, Inesa developed a series of drawing workshops for jewellery designers and enthusiasts. Since 2016, she has been teaching all over the world. For her masterclasses, she collaborated with several art and design institutions, including the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Instagram: @draw_me_a_jewel


"Painting jewellery with gouache is a process that requires creativity and precision. Each gem drawing is a small masterpiece and an art form cherished by historic houses as an important part of their heritage."


More info?

Contact or +32 (0)3 360 52 53.


Do you have to cancel your workshop? Up to two weeks (14 days) before the start of the workshop, you pay a € 50 administration fee. If you cancel less than two weeks before the workshop start date, you will be charged the full amount. However, you can always suggest a substitute.

The organiser has the right to cancel the workshop in case of insufficient (paying) registrations or force majeure circumstances. You will then receive a full refund.

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Drawing Gems: Diamonds

Learn to illustrate diamonds with gouache.

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Drawing Gems: Cabochons

Learn to illustrate cabochons with gouache.

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Drawing Gems: Colours & Facets

Learn to illustrate colours and facets with gouache.