Theo Fennell delivers masterclass to talented students

A FAMILIAR famous face made a very welcome return to The Winston Churchill School last week.

Leading British jewellery designer Theo Fennell, whose work is coveted across the globe, returned to the St John’s school for
the fourth year running to advise and engage with students in the ‘gifted and talented’ programme.

Each had been asked to provide a design inspired by architecture or animals, with Theo providing constructive criticism of the creations across three workshops.

The Year 9 and 10 teens were privileged to catch a glimpse of Theo’s sketchbook before he explained that he seeks new ideas from  the world as it moves around him.

“I jot down ideas constantly and things I see,” says Theo. “Sketching is a very good catalyst to get one’s brain working. There is something about sketching that is very intimate – the moment you start taking photos it creates the first degree of separation between you and the object.

“Sketching, especially in ink where no changes can be made, makes you look more carefully.”

He also gave the group a tutorial on drawing in perspective and showed them a few examples of his amazing jewellery, which led to him setting them the challenge to either design a pair of cuff links or a ring which opens to reveal a surprise.

Ideas included a ring topped with an egg that opens to show a baby bird, treasure chest cuff links, and a sketch featuring a fridge full of luxurious food.

The next steps are for these designs to be finished off and posted to Theo at his workshop. He will then select the boys and girls behind the top eight designs to visit his workshop, where three of those concepts will be brought to life.

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