Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir

with Kitty Maryatt
Tuesdays and Thursdays: August 3, 5, 10, 12; 6–9pm CT

This workshop takes place in coordination with Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fine Bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation, a virtual exhibition.

Inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s magnificent imagery in her 1913 book, La Prose du Transsibérien, participants will be introduced to pochoir (pronounced po-shwar), a traditional French stenciling technique using aluminum plates, French pochoir brushes, and gouache.

The steps involve the following: trace the shapes on the imagery that you want to reproduce, develop a registration system, identify and separate the colors, cut aluminum plates by hand, mix gouache colors, prime the French pochoir brush, and apply the liquid in a swirling fashion. Since this is an introduction to a sophisticated technique, the focus will be on problem-solving and experiencing the joy of vibrant and true color.

Kitty Maryatt is Director Emerita of the Scripps College Press in Claremont, CA. She taught bookmaking with letterpress printing for thirty years; students made an editioned book every semester. Since her retirement in 2016, she has been working full-time on re-creating La Prose du Transsibérien in an edition of 150 copies, plus 30 hors commerce (additional copies or artist’s proofs that are not for sale). She studied traditional French pochoir with Atelier Coloris in Ploubazlenac, France.

All skill levels welcome!
Certificate: 12 hours, Category C

$285/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $160 supply fee*
$145 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $160 supply fee*
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.
*Additional shipping fees will apply for international participants

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). This workshop also includes a materials kit that the teaching artist will ship to the address provided at registration (paid for by the supply fee*).

Please note: Registration closes 7/12 at midnight CT.