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Spray Paint & Stencil Workshop 11/7

stencil workshop

As part of the Tenderloin’s ongoing Wonderland project, we are excited to open our doors to the community for a free, hands on workshop. Three local graffiti artists, Apex, Vulcan, and Neonski, will be hosting a street art lecture and stencil workshop at White Walls Gallery to share their love of stencil art. It will be a fun time for all and we welcome artists of every level to participate.

Saturday, November 7th 2009
White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin St.  San Francisco CA 94109
Stencil Workshop 3:00 pm-4:00pm
Street Art Lecture 4:00-5:30

Montana is donating all spray paint for the workshop and a large wood panel will be installed in Myrtle Alley (outside White Walls) to be painted on. We also encourage artists to bring their own stencils and any other surfaces they would like to stencil. For more information about this event, click here.

stencil workshop

From the stencil master, here is an excerpt from Banksy’s Wall and Piece:

Advice on painting with stencils

  • It’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission.
  • Mindless vandalism can take a bit of thought.
  • Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.
  • Think from outside the box, collapse the box and take a fucking sharp knife to it.
  • A regular 400ml can of paint will give you up to 50 A4 sized stencils. this means you can become incredibly famous/unpopular in a small town virtually overnight for approximately ten pounds.
  • Try to avoid painting in places where they still point at aeroplanes.
  • Spray the paint sparingly onto the stencil from a distance of 8 inches.
  • When explaining yourself to the Police its worth being as reasonable as possible. Graffiti writers are not real villains. Real villains consider the idea of breaking in someplace, not stealing anything and then leaving behind a painting of your name in four foot high letters and most retarded thing they ever heard of.
  • Be aware that going on a major mission totally drunk out of your head will result in some truly spectacular artwork and at least one night in the cells.
  • The easiest way to become invisible is to wear a day-glo vest and carry a tiny transistor radio playing Heart FM very loudly. If questioned about the legitimacy of your painting simply complain about the hourly rate.
  • Crime against property is not real crime. People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.
  • The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Fame is a by-product of doing something else. You don’t go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.

Stencil Workshop and Street Art Lecture at White Walls

Tenderloin dwellers take pride in their eclectic, cultured and historical neighborhood of San Francisco. White Walls and The Shooting Gallery are no different, and our involvement in the community backs our feelings toward our lovely TL home.

From October 17-November 15, 2009, an entire program of arts related events in the Tenderloin will be hosted by Wonderland (an SF non-profit). All events are free to the community, calling on 74 artists to create 16 projects throughout the neighborhood. White Walls is getting in on the action with a stencil workshop and street art lecture on November 7th, details below:

Saturday, November 7th 2009
White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin St.  San Francisco CA 94109
Stencil Workshop 3:00 pm-4:00pm
Street Art Lecture 4:00-5:30

Stencil Workshop From 3-4pm, Myrtle Alley will become the site of an impromptu mural project. A giant wooden panel will be installed in the alley, and we invite artists of all capacities to make their mark. All spray paint will be provided by Montana and participants are welcome to bring their own stencils, tee shirts to stencil onto, etc. This workshop is meant to bring together experienced spray can artists with those who are curious about the art form, whether they have tried it or not. It will be a fun, laid back event where artists and the community will have a chance to dialogue about spray can art.

Street Art Lecture After the workshop, a talk will be led by the local graffiti artists Apex, Vulcan, and Neonski. They will discuss the evolution of their signature “Super Burner” murals, which are known for being layered with 500 or more colors. (For more about these artists, see Juxtapoz) Get a glimpse of their styles below:

apex by apex-one.Apex (photo via Funkandjazz)

Neonski (via graffiti.org)

Vulcan (via Civil Clothing)

Whether you are a veteran street artist or you have never touched a Montana can, we invite all to engage their curiosity in these one of a kind events at White Walls.
If you are an artist interested in volunteering one hour of time for the street art workshop, please contact the gallery.

For more info:

The Wonderland blog

Apex on flickr

Erik Otto‘s Wonderland project, Down the Rabbit Hole.