The Versatile Paper Stencil

July 1st, 2023 1:00 PM

  • Instructor: Tim Svenonius
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $95
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

From cave art to street art, stencils have been in use for as long as forty thousand years. Though associated more often with industrial methods than artistic ones, stencils can be used with a vast range of media, and on just about any surface.

This workshop introduces foundational techniques for designing and creating multi-color and multi-part stencils. We’ll demonstrate a number of principles and practices for translating complex color designs into cut paper stencils, including various registration methods for precise alignment and repetition; cutting duplicate and triplicate shapes; using the negative and positive parts of a cut, and more.

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: Materials and tools will be provided. If you have any brushes, colors, or knives you're partial to, please bring them. 

Date & Time: Saturday, July 1, 2023 :: 1-5pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Tim Svenonius (he/him)

Tim Svenonius is a mixed-media artist whose work explores the intersections of history, memory and myth. A voracious reader and an avid researcher, his work is shaped by deep investigations into arcane knowledge and lore. He has worked for two decades in the museum field, as a designer, writer, and producer of digital media. In 2015 he self-published a monograph, A Book of Lost Latitudes, which explores the role of the whale in mythology and literature, through evocative drawings and found texts.

Past Student Reviews:

“Tim was very friendly and accessible, open to questions, encouraging, and a focused teacher.”

“He addressed many of my questions before I even asked them, so it seems he's given a lot of thought to student perspectives. His techniques of creating stencils are very unique, and his layering and registration refreshers were helpful for my own printmaking work. I was surprised at how much I learned at the end of the class, and he also discussed how to apply what we learned to other subjects. All in all, a great workshop.”

“Tim Svenonius was knowledgeable, provided multiple examples of stenciling throughout history and the globe, and managed the group well. The multiple techniques he showed us were a great basis for we newcomers.” 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States