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Learn to Draw and Design from Rémy

Rémy considers himself lucky to have  been able to study drawing, painting and design from the best teachers in Europe, and he has continued to perfect his art through study and practice in the decades since. Today, he takes great pleasure in giving back to aspiring artists through teaching. Whether he is teaching a live class at a jewelry training institute, or producing one of his acclaimed DVDs, Rémy delights in bringing his passion, talent, and unique teaching methods to students.

Rémy’s Upcoming Teaching and Events Schedule

February 5, 2020: Gianmari Bucellati Foundation Award for Jewelry Design Judging at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen, Tucson, AZ, Wednesday, during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

March 7-9, 2020: Color Sketching and Rendering Short Class and Cad-Cam Challenge. Atlanta Jewelry Show, Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA.

March 30, 2020: “Modernizing Landscapes for Miniatures” @Masterworks New Mexico (one day class) watercolor

April 22-26, 2020: "Counter Sketching and Color Rendering" @ B Golden Jewelry School, Salt Lake City, UT.
Five-day course **

May 21-25, 2020: Silvera Jewelry School Five-Day Course. Berkeley, CA. More information:
Five-day course **

July 13-17, 2020: "Counter Sketching and Color Rendering" @ New Approach School for Jewelers, Arrington, TN. 
Five-day course **

July 20-24, 2020: "Advanced Jewelry Design and Rendering"***  @ New Approach School for Jewelers, Arrington, TN.

August 24-28, 2020: "Counter Sketching and Color Rendering" @ Kate Wolf Tools, Portland, ME.
Five-day course **

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Five-day course ** - This course is broken down in three days of black and white sketching and two days of color rendering with a real progression.

We will cover the whole process: from a rough sketch to a wonderful colored painting with the crucial step of turning a quick drawing into a reality without losing its energy.

This class may apply to students wanting to develop the skills necessary for custom design as well as create jewelry collections.

The class starts with basic black and white sketching and rendering skills, understanding and depicting the difference between opaque, metallic, and transparent materials, and developing abilities to rapidly express ideas or visually explain a project to a customer. We will learn to draw straight bands with different profiles, tapered dome rings, and sketching gemstones and putting them in perspective.  These techniques help build confidence to create powerful drawings which will help communicate ideas, work out problems, and refine designs on paper. The class concludes with basic techniques for rendering lustrous metals and brilliant gemstones in professional-quality presentation paintings in the classic European tradition. Through the masterful demonstrations by Paris-trained instructor, Rémy Rotenier, students observe metal, gemstones, and other materials come to life.  Students will be expected to develop unique designs from diverse source materials provided by the instructor.  Each student will employ these same techniques to create individual gouache paintings of their own designs.  With these tools, students will complete the course with greater confidence, prepared to create renderings of exceptional realism, vitality, and sparkle. 40 hours


*** -  Advanced Jewelry Design and Rendering Building upon the basic skills the Counter Sketching and Color Rendering class provided, this workshop starts with drawing and shading gemstones from the top and in perspective. Then we will spend 2 days exploring 6 different angles to represent a ring design (top view, through the finger, profile, lifted perspective, rings at 45 degrees and building a ring from a center stone). The students will learn how to render pavé on different surfaces, and draw chains, cuffs, and linked bracelets. We will also explore cufflinks and brooches.

Students will create using source images (which will greatly vary from art forms in nature to art movements through time) and transform what they see into vibrant jewelry designs. You will be encouraged to do quick sketches, then select one and render it without losing its dynamic, flowing lines. We will use light pads to make that possible. Those will be available for purchase as part of your student kit or individually if you already have the drawing kit from previous classes. After sketching on white paper we will use light grey paper and render the designs in black and white.


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Ground-Breaking DVD Series

Rémy has produced a ground-breaking series of jewelry design training DVDs. The first, Counter Sketching Jewelry, teaches how to make black and white custom design sketches on paper in front of a client. The second, Color Rendering of Jewelry, instructs how to render jewelry designs into finished paintings that can be presented to customers. His most recent course, Advanced Jewelry Design, includes more than 7 hours of instruction in black and white design and drawing skills.  These three courses encapsulate classes that Rotenier has taught at jewelry and design schools for years, and incorporate skills he has learned in 30 years as a professional designer.


  • ". . . Not only is [Rémy] an extremely skilled artist, but he is a very good teacher. His classes are well prepared, his materials very helpful, and his attitude is friendly and caring.

    ". . . Everyone in the class walked away with a vastly improved skill level, no matter what level they came in with. I believe that anyone who takes a class with Rémy will be making a valuable investment in their future career as a jeweler, metal smith or designer. At the end of his workshop they will be able to sell their work just by drawing it!" 

    Elichai Fowler
    Designer and Owner
    Paradise Ring Works, Livingston, Montana
  • “I had no compasses, no rulers, no vector based software---but there I was designing, as part of a fantastic counter-sketching workshop with Rémy Rotenier. . . [He] had us drawing without tools or templates. And though it took me a few hours to get past the initial discomfort, I soon was scribbling and drawing and having fun.

    “Ditching my usual tools helped me to explore new facets of creativity. . . I am having fun getting lost in the creative process, without the distraction of my tools. And getting lost on purpose takes me to the place where magic happens.” 

    Kate Wolf (from MJSA Journal, Jan. 2011)
    Jeweler, Educator, Tool Queen, and Wicked Wench of Wax
    Portland, Maine
  • "I had the pleasure of working with Rémy Rotenier in which some of our time was dedicated to his teachings of jewelry rendering. I have been designing for many years but will be forever thankful for the techniques he showed me.

    "It has opened up a new way for me to look at and improve my own work by guiding me to a way to see things differently than what I was able to easily do on my own." 

    Jill Suddendorf
    Corporate Designer
    IB Goodman Company


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  • Address
  • 11024 Montgomery Blvd NE
    Albuquerque, NM  87111

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