Paper Paintings - Animal Portraits

Elizabeth will guide you through working on a mixed media collage portrait of man's best friend - not limited to dogs or cats! Plan to work on whatever "pet" makes you happy, birds, fish, ferrets included!

16-Feb-2020 -  18-Feb-2020
10:00am -  4:00pm
Registration options:
Ticket Name Ticket Price Qty
2/16-18/2020 Elizabeth St. Hilaire $ 450.00
ESH 2020 Deposit(non-refundable)
Payment in full needs to be made 45 days prior to start of class
$ 125.00

Event description:

During this comprehensive 3-day workshop you will learn a unique figurative mixed media collage technique. Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every torn tidbit of paper as a brush stroke. Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings.

Create your hand-painted paper palette through Gelli Plate printing, staining, stamping and patterning that will be torn up and glued down over an acrylic underpainting. 

This class is focused on learning and growing creatively in a FUN environment.


No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience is helpful. All levels are welcome. 

 

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 45 days before the first day of the workshop. 

Our refund policy can be found here.  Minimum number of students is 10.  No refunds will be given until we reach this threshold however, your paid ticket can be sold to another student.

 

About Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, 

"Elizabeth St. Hilaire's artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed." 

St. Hilaire published her book Painted Paper Art Workshop internationally with North Light Books in August (2016). Elizabeth's work has also been published in Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture (2015) and Incite 2; Color Passions (2014), both by North Light. A feature article on her work appeared in the April, 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine, she was also a finalist in The Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition (2014 and 2015) and took first place in the category of Collage/Mixed Media for The Artist's Magazine All Media Competition (2010). St. Hilaire was an award winner in the National Collage Society's Signature Members Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, in Mesa AZ (2013). Online, Elizabeth was a Finalist in The Richeson 75 Annual Art Contest (2013).

Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 20+ years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both communication designer and a painter - these days she's a full-time fine artist who's only graphic design client is herself. St. Hilaire has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society and crisscrosses the country several times a year to take her painted paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intense three day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion.

For a portfolio, visit PaperPaintings.com, for collage work in progress visit Facebook.com/PaperPaintingsCollageArtwork. You will always get a timely response via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Artist Statement

My love of collage started with a scrap box of mementos from my childhood. These small sentimental pieces of my past came from my father, who rescued them from the attic. Stuffing these tidbits into a box beneath my bed seemed anticlimactic. I remember standing there, after my father left, looking at the hospital bill from my birth, my Mom's nursing school graduation cards from 1967, and thinking what should I do with this?

I decided to find a way to incorporate these memorable papers, notes and snippets of my family's past into something both memorable and beautiful. Thus was born a representational collage "painting." This piece, "Looking in on Jane" (a portrait of my mother), won Best of Show for the first time at Orlando Visual Artists League in 2005, and for a second time at the Women's Caucus for Arts: Matriarchs and Madonnas exhibit in 2007. The success of this piece plunged me head-first into my love affair with collage. 

My technique has evolved through the years, as a result of experimentation with hand-painted, hand-made, and a wide variety of textured and patterned papers. Layering and weaving, pushing and pulling the colors, patterns, and values makes collage liken to a dance. I go back and forth, alternating and overlapping until the rhythm creates something I love. 

In my work I highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary, focusing on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sensibility of design. My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger.

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