Paper Paintings: Fashion Plate Portraits

Elizabeth St. Hilaire
EN-885 Autumn
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire


Paper Paintings: Fashion Plate Portraits with Elizabeth St. Hilaire

October 17 – 19, 2023 | Tuesday – Thursday

Tues 10 am – 5 pm | Wed – Thurs 9 am – 4 pm

Learn to collage fashion plate portraits in a variety of mixed media. Create your own hand-painted collage papers. Experiment with hand-painting, gel printing, stamping, and patterning paper through a multitude of techniques. Rip and glue and apply your papers in a painterly manner over the top of a female portrait made with charcoal drawing and painting. Classroom lecture and demos will be incorporated for all steps of the process.

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.

This class is focused on learning and growing creatively in a FUN environment.
No prior collage experience is necessary.  Some painting experience is helpful, however all levels are welcome.


  • How to choose a copyright free reference photo
  • How to create a compelling composition
  • How to create an encaustic effect ephemera collage base layer
  • How to transfer your photo to the substrate with graphite transfer paper
  • How to add shading and line quality with black pastel
  • How to create an under-painting with vibrant color and shading
  • How to paint your own collage papers with the gel plate
  • How to rip and glue and applying your papers in a painterly manner over the top of your under-painting.
  • 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.
  • How to apply simple gold leaf as an accent to your composition.

IMPORANT NOTE: There is some pre-workshop prep work required for students to complete in advance, before coming to class on the first day. Click on the Materials List tab above for more information and links to instructional videos.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.


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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.

Click the link below and be sure to scroll down to the correct list for this workshop: 

Please click here for Materials List!

**Note – You cannot fly with spray varnish so Elizabeth will order it and have it available at the workshop.

*****Important Note: There is surface preparation required in advance  for this workshop. Please watch these two videos and prepare your surface prior to traveling to Sedona. Please allow at least 24-48 hours for the effect to dry.

How to Build the Ephemera Base Layer

How to Create the Encaustic Material

How to Apply the Encaustic Mixture

Elizabeth suggests that you go as large format as you can travel with, as bigger is easier especially when it comes to facial features – 16 x 20, 18 x 24, 20 x 24.

Also be sure that your reference photo is sized up to the exact size of your substrate and either incorporate floral elements and accessories into your reference photo, or bring ideas and photos that you can use as reference to draw in.

Any questions, please email Elizabeth:

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • 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 September 17, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 17, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

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.