My First Stencil - Workshop

My first stencil: A very easy and successful activity! (Portugal Team)

The 4 Seasons (Step by step)

1st - Chose an image (a and traced it to a transparency paper.
2nd -Cut the inside of the image by the lines drawn.

3rd - Try the layout idea and attach the stencil to the sheet to be painted.

4th - Gently paint the design with a sponge and acrylic paint to avoid lifting the film. If you need, you can press with the handle of a brush or pencil.

5th - Let it dry a little. Apply other layers of paint to create nuances.
6th - Carefully remove the stencil, dry it and start making a new season.

In the end, you can make a background with paint and the help of a toothbrush to hide some imperfections.

To think a little ...
All students used the same image to create their own stencil but did different jobs.
It was interesting to think about the characteristics of each season, adjust the colors and their layout on the sheet. The students can explain the reason for the layout they chose: why start with spring? or winter? why put autumn further down? why overlap the seasons? why highlight winter?

The seasons also reflect the different periods of life, so students can be asked to share moments of renewal (spring), moments of great emotions (summer), moments of sadness or doubts (autumn), or moments of hard times, big changes and great decisions (winter).

This workshop took 4 hours. at this time, the students are working on their painting, but they are also reflecting on themselves, making decisions, sharing, communicating feelings and emotions.

When the workshop is over, women were delighted with their piece of art, but inside their hearts something may have been transformed for better. Do you agree? Can art really change lives?


  1. Yes, of course! Art is a metodoly that really changes lives. Some women show their work witk an expression on their faces that revealls more than "just" a very beautiful pece of art. I guess their minds were full of pride and also some questions like…"Did I really did it?"..."Am I really a person with art skills?"
    And also some certains that they are capable off and nothing can stop them now!
    Ana Queirós, CFPIMM, Portugal


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