My commitment as a maker over many years has helped me understand how art makes people sensitive to the world, to ideas, and to other people. I believe it is therefore essential to give all my students, from absolute beginners to professional artists, all the material and conceptual tools they need to innovate and confidently articulate ideas which will allow them to be deliberate, intentioned and ambitious in their own practice.

I currently run a private teaching practice from my South London studio. To begin a course of drawing, watercolour or oil painting with me, please enquire here.  

I freelance as a Fine Artist and workshop leader at Tate Modern where I am currently running a printmaking course. You can book a space by clicking the link Picasso in Print

I offer portfolio review and preparation sessions for the following levels of study:

  • A-level
  • Foundation
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

To book a one to one portfolio review at my studio please enquire here.

If you would like to visit me at my studio or see a particular work,  please enquire here

What my students say...

“Sheila Wallis is truly a fabulous teacher. 
I have learned more valuable insight about composition, colour mixing  and a multitude of many other useful techniques, that despite years of lessons elsewhere, I had never experienced.  
She is hands on and very instructive. While at the same time inspiring and encouraging me to explore new ways of painting, drawing and most importantly really looking. 
I can’t recommend Sheila enough. Wether you’re  a complete beginner or an advanced painter.  She will undoubtedly expand your horizons!”

Angela M

Although I have worked with various paint media over several years, I have never embraced the opportunity of working directly alongside a tutor whose ability and depth of understanding of oil paint is widely recognised. Sheila can help me turn paint into flesh and skin and along the way the generous conversation builds my knowledge of contemporary painting around the human condition.

Jonathan A

'Just wanted to say thanks again for a brilliant 4 weeks looking at and being inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. I have been back again to the exhibition this week (my partner's birthday treat), and feel I have a deeper appreciation of the work, and especially of what 'abstraction' means, as a result of doing the course. I especially enjoyed doing our own painting.

Shelagh D.