L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels to the Middle East

Van Cleef & Arpels announced today the forthcoming arrival of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels (L’ÉCOLE) to Dubai later this year, marking the school’s first foray to the Middle East. The Paris-based school of jewelry arts will set up a nomadic campus at Hai d3, in the Dubai Design District to shed light on the hidden worlds of jewelry and watchmaking, from the 7th to the 25th of November, 2017.
As part of its Nomadic program, L’ÉCOLE will present a full set of classes led by professional jewelers, art historians, gemologists, and watchmakers. Evening conversations, several exhibits and other activities around jewelry, will complement the offering of the first visit of the jewelry school to our region.
​​L’ÉCOLE will bring its expertise to Dubai through a series of dialogues: interactive classes, creative workshops for children, and evening conversations.L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Dubai will offer 13 adult classes around three broad themes: Savoir-Faire (know-how), Art History of Jewels, and The Universe of Gemstones. Each lasting for 2 to 4 hours, they are given by at least two professionals in their respective fields: jewelers, designers, mock-up makers, art historians, gemologist, watchmakers and a lacquer craftsman. These experts have an enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge and have all been trained to be excellent teachers.
L’ÉCOLE also invites a young audience to develop its creativity while discovering a new world of jewelry design. Six creative workshops for children and adolescents from 5 to 16 will offer them the opportunity to explore the creative professions. These will take place through local schools’ collaborations during the week and will be open to the public during the weekends.
L’ÉCOLE will offer an array of exhibitions from a private jewelry collection to minerals from the MinesParis Tech. L’ÉCOLE also strives to cultivate and nurture emerging designers by showcasing the works of the finalists of the Van Cleef & Arpels Emerging Design Prize 2017.
Taking over the community space of Hai d3, the facilities of L’ÉCOLE in Dubai include:

  • a design studio for learning gouache techniques
  • a jewelry workshop for experimenting with techniques
  • a gemology workshop for handling stones
  • a lacquerwork and watchmaking workshop
  • a classroom for teaching the history of jewelry
  • a library of resources and texts
  • an outdoor area to host evening conversations
  • several exhibition rooms

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