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Chelsea Open Studio

Chelsea Open Studio

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Enver Gursev


Chelsea Open Studio provides you with the perfect working environment and opportunity to develop your painting practice independently under the guidance of a respected professional artist.

Using the medium of your choice, you will be encouraged to explore your own personal working methods whilst cultivating your individual expression and visual language.  Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a painting from reference material, as well as the evaluation and evolution of a composition.

There will be no projects and no limitations. Your tutor; sensitive to each student's unique needs, will actively encourage variety and individuality. Short talks and lectures will be given throughout the course in relation to artists and techniques as well as information on preparation for exhibiting.

Topics Covered

  • Lecture: Planning and preparation of work
  • The mechanics and process of painting
  • Begin work on self-directed projects
  • Critical advice and guidance 
  • Lecture: Paint economy.
  • Pigments, various painting mediums and colour values.
  • Lecture: Achieving Balance and Rhythm in your work.
  • Glazing and Scumbling and the importance of under-painting.
  • Lecture: Getting away from familiarity.
  • Exploring classical and alternative supports and methods of mark making.
  • Lecture: Organising exhibitions and making yourself visible

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will have developed your confidence and identity as an artist. Your experience may also lead to art submissions and future exhibitions.

Who Should Attend
The class is suitable for students with previous experience in drawing and painting wishing to develop their personal practice. Students should be comfortable working independently and using their initiative to develop their practice in an open studio environment.

Course Level

We are now offering a limited number of ‘7 Session, Drop in Packages’, offering you the flexibility to attend up to 7 out of the 10 scheduled sessions on the Chelsea Open Studio course each term. Bookings must be received before courses commence each term. Limited places are available.

For full details of the Chelsea Open Studio Drop In and to book your place, please click here.

Please Note - Students should make arrangements to take their work home at the end of the course. Any work that is left in the studio, during or after the course, is at a student’s own risk. In such circumstances students should ensure that work is clearly labelled with their name, course title and dates. Work will be kept for no longer than one month after the end of the course. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.

Tutor Description

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:

  • Drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, erasers etc...)

  • Current sketch book

  • Painting equipment

  • odour free mineral spirit (please be advised we do not allow the use of turpentine or white spirit)

  • Either ideas for your next canvas or the painting you are working on at the moment 

Please note that materials are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates