Whether you are new to oil painting or have some experience, this course will build your skills and confidence in the subject. We will throw light on the materials and processes involved, and have you working from still life right from the beginning...
Taught by: Enver Gursev.
Whether you are new to oil painting or have some experience, this course will build your skills and confidence in the subject. We will throw light on the materials and processes involved, and have you working from still life right from the beginning. Particular emphasis will be given to painting, without the use of drawing or preparatory line. You will work on self-directed projects, whilst guided through the process of interpreting your initial sketches and concepts, as well as organising them into a plan. We will also demonstrate various painting techniques and you'll be encouraged to practise from home between sessions if possible.
You’ll leave the course with a body of work and you’ll have more awareness of the diverse concepts and production of the generic process of painting. Many people move on to other visual arts courses, at intermediate or advanced levels.
Who Should Attend
Those who wish to develop the skills to express themselves through the medium of oil painting.
'As soon as I started the course, I was really excited and looking forward to completing the other four days! The tutor was very welcoming explained the outline of the course and immediately put everyone at ease. I also really liked the College facilities and the room that we were in.' - Lynda Herity.
"I really enjoyed the course content and the tutor was friendly and helpful as well." - Anon
Enver Gürsev is a professional artist, working primarily as a painter and sculptor. In addition to his visual art practice, he is a musician; drummer and percussionist. Born in London, he has a long and diverse experience working within the arts. As a teen, his first brush with the creative sector was as a sign-writer; painting pub signs whilst designing record covers and posters for independent bands. As a fledgling artist he was mentored by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and went on to graduate from Camberwell College of Arts.
He has since exhibited extensively and worked in collaboration with a number of progressive artists nationally and internationally. Enver has lectured at the University of the Arts London since 2006 has worked as a tutor and arts event organiser for Cor Blimey Arts in Deptford. He was a consultant and curator for the Levent Gallery in Mayfair, and his recent talks include among others, Nolia’s Gallery in Southwark and at Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects in Hackney, where he was invited to host an evening celebrating Jean–Michel Basquiat. Enver's work explores memories, both personal and assumed and the effect of dismantlement and displacement of culture. He focuses on meanings imbued in abandoned objects and spaces, with a fascination for ghost towns, borders, no man’s land and their peripheries. Aside from these thematic preoccupations, Enver takes great reference from what is deemed 'Outsider Art' of untrained artists along with the 'Unsophisticated Art' of the fairground, tattoo and folk art.
At present Enver is lead artist and project manager for the prestigious commission: BP Shipping Centenary Collection.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
Palette and palette knife
Turps and linseed oil
Any objects you might like to see in a still life
Selection of brushes (Preferably soft and hard)
A selection of oil paints - including the primary colours and black and white
An apron or old shirt to protect your clothes
Please note, one A3 rectangular canvas board will be provided for you during the course. However, you are welcome to bring additional boards, canvas' or other painting surfaces in your preferred size or shape.
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.