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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.


Tutor Description

Enver Gursev is a professional artist who has been working at UAL since 2006. Mentored by the late Eduardo Paolozzi he went on to graduate from Camberwell College of Arts. Enver is a Painter and Sculptor who has worked prolifically in the arts exhibiting nationally and internationally and was recently awarded the prestigious BP Shipping Centenary Collection commission.

Take a look at Enver's website

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Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

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

  • Current sketch book

  • Painting equipment

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

Please note that studio safe solvent and medium is provided by the college. Students are advised not to bring their own products for health and safety purposes.

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.

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