Paper Painting

Friday, December 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM (MST) - Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 4:00 PM (MST)
Art Barn 15 Art Barn Rd. SedonaAZ  86339
Friday, December 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM (MST) - Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 4:00 PM (MST)
Art Barn 15 Art Barn Rd. SedonaAZ  86339

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Paper Painting
with Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

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.

The Materials List and 3-Day Schedule are located below - click on the "Download Attached File" links to open them.


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.

About Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson is a member of the National Collage Society and Atlanta Collage Society. Her piece "Out To Pasture" won First Place in The Artist's Magazine All Media contest category of collage, 2010. Her work has been featured in: Southern Living, Orlando Arts, Winter Park, Orlando, and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines and Collage in All Dimensions(book) by Gretchen Bierbaum.

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.

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


Paper Painting #EH14b


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Meeting dates

Dec 5-7, 2014

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Activity Sub-Category

Studio Painting

Registration dates

Last day for Internet registration: Dec 5, 2014


6 openings remaining




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Sedona Arts Center Campus


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  • Sedona Arts Center

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Art Barn 15 Art Barn Rd. SedonaAZ  86339
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