PAPER PAINTINGS COLLAGE RETREAT with ELIZABETH ST. HILAIRE
Looking for something extraordinary? Our annual collage retreat with Elizabeth St. Hilaire is an art-enthusiast’s dream trip! Open to participants of all artistic levels, each day brings delightful new lessons with recognized collage artist, Elizabeth St. Hilaire, on using hand-painted and found papers to develop imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping – similar to traditional painting techniques. You’ll also have fun experimenting with hand painting, staining, stamping and patterning your own papers. Although some painting experience is helpful, it is not necessary!
In addition classes with Elizabeth, you’ll enjoy exciting side trips to medieval hill towns and private visits with Italian artisans – including a marbled paper expert, hand-hammered coppersmith and Byzantine mosaic artist – plus private transportation in Mercedes Benz vans, delectable meals prepared by a Tuscan chef and 360 degree panoramic views of the gorgeous Italian countryside.
About Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth’s love of collage started with a scrap box of mementos from her childhood. She decided to incorporate these memorable papers, notes and snippets of her family’s past into something both memorable and beautiful. Thus was born a representational collage “painting.” This piece, Looking in on Jane (a portrait of her mother), won Best of Show at Orlando Visual Artists League in 2005, and for a second time at the Women’s Caucus for Arts’ Matriarchs and Madonnas exhibit in 2007. The success of this piece plunged Elizabeth head-first into her love affair with collage. Her inspiring work has earned her a Signature Member status with the National Collage Society, a solo exhibit at the Maitland Museum of Art and can be viewed in numerous galleries across the US. You’ll also find Elizabeth’s paper paintings reproduced on everything from prints to comforters in stores such at Kohls and Pier One.
Her technique has evolved as a result of experimentation with hand-painted, hand-made, and a wide variety of textured and patterned papers, focusing on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sensibility of design. “My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger,” says Elizabeth. “Layering and weaving, pushing and pulling the colors, patterns, and values makes collage liken to music. I go back and forth, alternating and overlapping until the rhythm creates something I love.”
BJ Gallanger, in her article for the HUFFINGTON POST, wrote this about Elizabeth:
“Once in a great while, an artist comes along whose work is so distinctive, so unusual, so imaginative, and so colorful that it stands out from the crowd, much like a peacock stands out in a colony of penguins. Elizabeth St. Hilaire is such an artist.”
Learn more about Elizabeth St. Hilaire by visiting her website PaperPaintings.com