#5073 Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir, with Kitty Maryatt, Oct 26-27

$ 360.00


The word pochoir in French simply means stencil, which has been done by every culture since mankind blew iron oxide around their hands onto cave walls. As the French are known to do, they developed particularly sophisticated stencil techniques in the early twentieth century. This workshop will introduce the basics of printing multiples through such stencils. The steps involve the following: trace 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.

Demonstrations of tracing images and cutting the plates will be shown first. Participants will trace one color from the image and cut an aluminum plate. The instructor will bring a pre-designed image with plates already cut so that participants can immediately learn the brush techniques. The six colors will be applied as the group makes an edition of the image. Then we will look at the images brought in by participants and discover which images are appropriate to reproduce in this way, including printing a base image.

Next, participants will select or create an image to be reproduced and go through the steps to make an edition of that image. Since this is an introduction, the focus will be on problem-solving and experiencing the joy of vibrant and true color. Additional techniques used on La Prose du Transsibérien will be highlighted and demonstrated.

Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Included in the class fee is a materials fee for items provided by the instructor. 

Items included in your supply fee: includes AK-1/5B Olfa knife, Vidalon tracing paper, aluminum pochoir plates, rubber cutting base, gouache, removable label tape, registration paper, test papers, color swatches paper, and printing papers

About the Instructor: Kitty Maryatt

Kitty Maryatt is Director Emerita of the Scripps College Press in Claremont, CA. She taught 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. She studied pochoir with Atelier Coloris in Ploubazlenac, France.

Workshop Refund Policy: Students must submit a refund request at least 7 days before the start date of a class to be issued a full (100%) refund. Requests submitted between 7 days and the start date of a class will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued on the day a class begins, or following the first class (if it meets multiple times).

Classes missed by students cannot be refunded or rescheduled, and makeup classes will not be provided to students who miss a regularly scheduled class. Classes with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled prior to the first class. Every effort will be made to notify the student regarding cancellation within 3 days before the first class.

If BookArtsLA cancels the class, the student will receive a full refund.