Elizabeth St Hilaire collage

St Hilaire


Paper Collage

June 24 - 30, 2018

Medium: Mixed Media

Level: All Levels

5-Day Studio Class

This class is an intense workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will explore hand painting their own collage papers with a variety of techniques and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative.

Class participants will truly enjoy splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing, crumpling and staining papers. Appropriate papers include old book pages, maps, personal ephemera, rice paper and store bought art papers. Hand painted papers will then be applied overtop an under-painting (done
at home as class preparation) in a painterly manner. Collage application will be demonstrated through viewing slides of St. Hilaire’s work as well as a hands-on demonstration in class.

The emphasis will be on developing form using light, shadow, and directional ripping. Students start with the “Small Apple Exercise” in order to get a handle on creating volume and dimension with a simple sphere shape. After completion of the “Small Apple Exercise” students will advance to a second subject of their choosing.

Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire . Richard Colvin, curator for the Maitland Art Center says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.”

Elizabeth St. Hilaire, born and raised in New England, has lived in Central Florida for the past 17 years. She holds a B.F.A. in advertising design from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York. St. Hilaire is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and the Atlanta Collage Society. Elizabeth has recently been published in the Cloth Paper Scissors Book Techniques and Inspiration for
Creating Mixed-Media Art.

Elizabeth has been teaching her Paper Paintings workshop across the country as well as internationally for the past five years. She shares her collage techniques and hopes to inspire students not only in art, but in fitness – gaining the confidence to believe in yourself.

Elizabeth projects a positive “you can do it!” attitude that has inspired many of her students to dust off their running shoes and get out and get active! She often receives follow-up e-mails from students who have successfully trained for and completed their first 5K when they thought they could never do it!

Elizabeth St Hilaire
Elizabeth St Hilaire
Elizabeth St Hilaire
Elizabeth St Hilaire