Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome.
Medium: Mixed Media, Acrylic Paints
Registration: Each student must register individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio
We will be drawing florals from a still life setup and modifying it to create a compelling, FUN composition. We’ll cover how to paint your life drawing with a full range of fun, bright colors and shading. You will then learn how to hand-paint your own collage papers through a series of gel plate mono printing techniques in the color palette from your under-painting. Once you have created your paper palette you’ll follow along and learn how to rip and glue and apply your papers in a painterly manner over the top of your underpainting. Elizabeth will cover how to tear with and without white edges, how to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling, and how to vary your paper brush marks in size and shape.
We WILL COVER:
Drawing and starting a great composition from the floral set-up
How to be sure your collage fodder glues down flat
How to create floral collages by integrating foreground and background
How to create an underpainting with vibrant color and successful shading as a roadmap for collage
How to paint your own collage papers using the gel plate; one video per technique
How to rip and glue–applying your collage paper in a painterly manner
How to tear with and without white edges
How to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling
How to vary your paper brush marks in size and shape
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Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire is an award winning full-time artist, art workshop instructor, and published author. She is an Artist Educator for Golden Paints, a former Ambassador for Princeton Brush, and Creative Team Artist for Gel Press, her work is also featured on Fredrix Canvas packaging. Her unique mixed-media artwork is created from torn tidbits of hand-painted paper which she glues down over an acrylic under-painting.
St Hilaire’s collages are collected and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally; images of her work are reproduced and available nationwide on wall canvas, household items, stationery, clothing, jewelry, and more.
Elizabeth is a Signature Member of National Collage Society, holds a BFA from Syracuse University, and has been working in her medium for over 15 years. She has published seven books on her process. She enjoys painting en Plein Air and has participated in the Wekiva Paint Out (FL), New Smyrna Beach Paint Out (FL), and the Sedona Plein Air Festival (AZ).
How do you rip and glue torn tidbits of paper in the wind? Elizabeth has a mixed media easel designed and manufactured in Italy to do just that!
YouTube: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Facebook: Paper Paintings Collage Artwork
I don’t want you to feel like you have to break the bank for the supplies in this workshop. In many cases you may substitute what you have on hand in your studio. Supplies I am a stickler about are the Golden Fluid Acrylics however, as they give the most amazing results for painting papers with the Gel Plate. I also prefer the Liquitex gloss gel medium over any other glue product.
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint Starter Set for underpainting your subject matter and hand-painting your papers. Keep in mind the colors of your
bouquet and your ability to mix color, purchase additional colors of paints accordingly, I suggest starting with 1 oz bottles.
Container of Gesso for priming your wood panels and adding white to certain paint colors in order to make them more opaque.
Wood Painting Panel I’m working on a 16×20 or 24×20 deep wood painting panel so that I can wire and hang it without framing.
(these come in natural wood and need to be primed first with a coat of gesso). You may like to work on a Canvas Panel
for a more economical surface as you get the hang of the process, this comes pre-primed so there is no need for gesso.
Paint Brushes (various sizes and shapes) for painting your image and priming your panel
Rice Paper there are many different kinds of rice paper, the Sumi-E sketch pad is what I like the best, especially for working on the Gel Plate, that same paper also comes on an 8-inch Hosho roll. Then there is the Suji Gami 18-inch roll that I love for it’s flexibility and size. Please click on and read the “talk bubbles” on the papers at this link for more info.
You may find others at your local supply store or you may have some on hand with or without fibers. Please avoid super thin rice papers, as they tear easily.
Variety of Found Papers sheet music, maps, wallpaper, hand written notes, old book pages, hand made papers, dry waxed deli paper,
a variety of thickness and textures.
Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn
In-Person and Online Workshops
Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before March 19, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
There are no refunds after March 19, 2024.
If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full
The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.
Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops:
As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.