Chronological List of Workshops Weekly Classes Sedona Art Retreats Field Expeditions Writing Mixed Media Mixed Media Photography Ceramics Figurative Plein Air Painting Painting & Drawing

Paper Painting

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

November 7–9, 2016
April 15–17, 2017
November 11–13, 2017

Class meets 10am–5pm on the first day, 9am–4pm on subsequent days
with a one hour lunch.

Tuition: $400

November 7–9, 2016


Paper Paintings is an intense workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for a final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color 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.


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 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Class meets 10 - 5 on the first day, 9 - 4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.

November 7–9, 2016

April 15–17, 2017

November 11–13, 2017

Workshop Materials List

Supply List:


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, curator for the Maitland Art Center says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.” Hilaire’s “Paper Paintings” were featured in a solo exhibition at Maitland Art Center (September, 2010) called Exquisite Harmony.

A First Place Winner in the category of collage for The Artist’s Magazine (2010), Hilaire also received a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida (her second) in 2010. This tremendously versatile Artist also currently plays the violin with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra, and works as a professional graphic designer. These other interests inspire all aspects of her creative mind and give her a unique perspective as a visual artist.

On Mother’s day of 2009 St. Hilaire completed her first sprint distance triathlon, The Danskin Women’s, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL with her sister. The following September she competed in the TREK Women’s triathlon, and in 2010 she completed the Danskin a second time. Pushing herself further and faster, she ran her first half marathon at Walt Disney World in October 2010. The goal for 2011? A full Olympic distance triathlon!


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 member of the National Collage Society and the Atlanta Collage Society and is represented nationally by the Grand Bohemian Gallery.

Visit her on the web or email her at

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 about seven years ago. 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 to 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 on Jane (a portrait of my mother), won me my first "Best of Show" award and plunged me head-first into my love affair with collage.

My technique has evolved 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 and makes collage liken to music. 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 design sense. My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger.

Visit her on the web







Gallery Exhibitions

Weekly Classes



Join the Fun!

Special Exhibitions


Plein Air Festival

Board of Directors

Member Events

Submission Guidelines

Field Expeditions

Loving Bowls

Annual Report

Business Member Links

Current Exhibit

Scholarship App



Art Matters Newsletter

Lucy's Blog

Travel & Lodging





Private Instruction


Gateway Links





Member Login My Account


Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Map to the Sedona Arts Center

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 569
Sedona, Arizona 86339

928.282.3809 | 888.954.4442
928.282.3865 Gallery
928.282.1516 fax





Copyright © Sedona Arts Center - All Rights Reserved. The content of this art site is owned exclusively by the Sedona Arts Center located in Sedona, Arizona. All artwork is the sole property of each respective artist. Any reproduction or other use of art images contained in this art center website without written permission of the respective artists is expressly prohibited. Site design, graphics and content created by Kelli Klymenko. Supported by generous grants from City of Sedona, Arizona Commision on the Arts, Sedona Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Community Foundation, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Kiling Family Foundation, The Kieckhefer Foundation