Tate Modern Course

Picasso in Print

​Tate Photography, Lu Ming

​Tate Photography, Lu Ming

This four week, practical course uses a variety of print and drawing techniques to explore the artist’s creative processes at a pivotal time in his long career

​1932 was an extraordinary year for Picasso, a time of invention and reflection, a year that cemented his celebrity status as the most influential artist of the early 20th century. Drawing on this ‘year of wonders’, this four week, practical course led by artist, Sheila Wallis, uses a variety of print and drawing techniques to explore the artist’s creative processes at a pivotal time in his long career.

Session One

Drawing languages were central to Picasso’s practice. Using found imagery as a point of departure, you will be supported in making a series of drawings exploring line and form. Involves visiting The EY exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy and a brief illustrated introduction to Sheila’s painting practice.

Session Two

You will have the opportunity to engage with monotype printing, creating unique prints with this most painterly of printmaking techniques.

Session Three

Discover, as Picasso did, the age-old intaglio technique of drypoint and produce a print that explores the creative use of line.

Session Four

Further visit the Picasso exhibition, studio time to continue with your own work and contribute to a group discussion that considers the achievements of what you have produced during the course.

Sheila Wallis

Sheila Wallis brings the skills of a traditional figurative painter to bear on a wide spectrum of contemporary and historical subject matter. Cinematic film stills, photojournalism, boxing bouts, post mortem daguerreotypes and Victorian asylum photographs have all inspired a meticulous critique of lens-based imagery, inviting reconsideration of the public and the private, fiction and fact, the dispassionate lens and the hand of the painter.

Sheila Wallis won the Winsor and Newton Painting Prize, the Watts Painting Prize and the coveted Threadneedle Prize in 2009. In 2014 she was awarded the City and Guilds of London MA Fine Art Principal’s Prize.

Tate Modern

Clore Studio

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


Every Monday at 18.45–20.45

28 May – 18 June 2018

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    A print is an impression made by any method involving transfer from one surface to another