Paper Paintings: Landscape Collage Techniques

Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Oak Cfeek Morning Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Landscape Collage(3)
Last Look
St-Hilaire Oak Creek Morning-side
Mystic Trail final product image
St-Hilaire Centuries product image


Landscape Collage Techniques

October 18 – 20, 2022 | Theatre Studio

Tuesday 10/18: 10 am – 5 pm | Wed. & Thurs. 10/19 – 10/20: 9 am – 4 pm

This workshop focuses on techniques and processes for artists looking to grow and better develop their skills as landscape collage painters. Rather than working on one project from start to finish, we are going to focus in-depth on individual techniques, including painting landscape specific papers. You will finish the course with the skills and knowledge for collaging water, reflections, greenery, skies, and more!

Students will work from reference photos supplied for you by Elizabeth to include elements of the landscape such as the Sedona Red Rocks and Oak Creek.


  • How to create a compelling composition
  • How to transfer your photo to the substrate with graphite transfer paper
  • How to transfer your photo to the substrate freehand
  • How to create an underpainting with vibrant color and successful shading
  • How to paint your own collage papers using the gel plate; one video per technique
  • How to paint your own collage papers using ten techniques
  • 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
  • Techniques for clouds and skies
  • Techniques for creating greenery
  • Techniques for water reflections
  • Techniques for how and when to use transitional colors
  • How to sign, varnish, frame, wire, and hang your finished piece

In-Person Classes

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  • 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.

supplies for this workshop are listed on my website. This is a very comprehensive list and there are things that you can certainly opt out of to make travel easier.

Supplies You Can Leave At Home:
You will not need to bring your varnish or spray varnish. You do not have to have decorative papers or deli paper if you do not want to but you will need the rice paper and found papers. You will not need pens to sign your work or hanging hardware.


This workshop focuses on techniques rather than one project. I will teach various techniques but they will likely not cover every aspect of every reference image. For that reason I would like to supply everyone with one specific reference image that will incorporate the techniques I will demonstrate in the workshop. Please be prepared to have one 12×16 support and 4-5 8×8’s for experimenting with individual techniques.

Supplies You Can Share in Class:

I will have some stencils to share, I will have a few pieces of punchinella, I will have a few texture rubbing plates, I will have one or two Princeton wedges.

I will have stencils and 1 oz. paint in limited colors, available for purchase at the workshop.

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 18, 2022. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 18, 2022.
  • 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.