Michael Snow: Untitled (walking woman) - Stencil Activity

In the 1960s, Michael Snow drew a simple outline of a walking woman. When he cut the shape out of a large piece of cardboard he realized he’d also created a stencil he could use to make copies of the shape. Snow subsequently used that shape over and over to explore a wide range of different media and techniques, ultimately creating over 200 pieces using the silhouette.


  • card stock
  • wax (candle, crayon, or paraffin)
  • scissors
  • paint
  • paintbrush with stiff bristles

Instructions: Draw a simple shape on card stock, then use wax to coat the surface. Carefully cut out the shape, saving the cardstock with the negative shape for use as a stencil. Position the stencil, wax side up, on a piece of paper or card stock and hold it firmly in place with one hand. Remove excess moisture from the brush and apply a very small amount of paint to the stencil. Hold the brush upright and gently tap the bristles on the paper as you work your way around the edge of the shape and then fill in the centre. Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the shape.

Learn more:

Canadian Encyclopedia Page - Michael Snow

Border Crossings Magazine interview with Michael Snow


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