Paper Painting Animals & Pets

Elizabeth St. Hilaire
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Description

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!

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 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.

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

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.

  • RICE PAPER
    Hosho or Shuji Gami Kozo Paper Roll or sketch pad. Washi or Unyuri white papers with and without fibers/texture purchase at your local art supply or craft store in the Chinese brush painting section.
  • VARIETY OF FOUND PAPERS
    Sheet music, maps, wallpaper, hand written notes, old book pages, hand made papers, deli paper, white tissue – variety of thickness and textures. You can do this totally with found papers.
  • DECORATIVE PAPERS
    Papers you purchase at your local art supply store with fiber, embossing, metallic patterning, iridescent patterning. Please purchase in white or natural if possible, this allows for the most color options when painting.
  • NO MAGAZINES
    No Magazines or shiny coated printed papers
  • GOLDEN FLUID ACRYLIC PAINTS & WHITE GESSO
    For under-painting on panel AND hand-painting papers -- colors of your choice, keeping in mind the subject matter and your ability to mix color. Small container of white gesso for making some colors opaque.
  • CANVAS PANELS
    Economy surface for support. Recommended 12x12 or 11x14. This is mat board covered with pre-primed canvas, NOT stretched canvas.
  • FILBERT STYLE PAINT BRUSHES
    Half inch to one inch, for under-painting and applying glue OR use what you have on hand.
  • LIQUITEX GLOSS GEL MEDIUM
    This is the collage glue. Please purchase GLOSS not matte.
  • WATER CONTAINER & DOLLAR STORE VINYL TABLE CLOTH/SHOWER CURTAIN
    For table cover and/or to dry papers on.
  • PAPER TOWELS
    For cleanup and brushes
  • COATED PAPER PLATES
    For paint mixing palette
  • PALETTE PAPER
    A pad of shiny surface palette paper 12x16 for moving wet papers around without tearing
  • GRAPHITE TRANSFER PAPER
    For transferring your reference image to the canvas.
  • PENCIL, ERASER, BALL POINT PEN
  • YOUR PET REFERENCE PHOTO
    Please have your image sized up to the same size as your canvas panel or board: 11x14. If your printer does not go this large, please either tile your image and tape it together or have it output at your local Kinkos on NON-GLOSSY paper.
  • SUGGESTED: WOOD PANELS
    I work on wood panel, either cut down 1/8 inch sanded birch plywood or American Easel Cradled Wood Painting Panels. This would be a more expensive option than canvas panel and does require a coat of gesso primer/sealer, but cradled panels do not require framing!
  • SUGGESTED: GELLI PLATE AND BRAYER
    I have three Gelli Plates for sharing, however they are usually a huge hit and you might like to bring your own, along with a brayer.
  • SUGGESTED: GALLON PLASTIC ZIP BAGS
    For organizing papers by color to take home.
  • PROVIDED:
    Elizabeth will bring a variety of shared stencils, string, masking tools, stamping material, texture plates, crayons, wax candles, etc.

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