Create a Patriotic Basket to kick off the summer season using natural materials under the direction of master basketweaver Joan Belles in her studio at Joan's Waterside Weavery. Materials fee to be paid directly to instructor.
(N. Plum Point Road Himrod, NY)
Painting with Paper & Figurative Collage Technique
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson
Date: Monday June 3rd, Tuesday June 4th Wednesday June 5th
Location: The Arts Center's Educational Workshop (upstairs)
Cost: $200 Members / $250 Non-Members
Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson – 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 boxbeneath 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 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 in on Jane (a portrait of my mother), won Best of Show for the first time 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 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 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 sensibility of design. My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger.
In this intense three-day workshop students will learn a vibrant and unique figurative collage technique from an internationally recognized award-winning artist. Students will explore various techniques and applications for hand-painted collage papers. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow.
This class fills quickly so sign up early! Class size limited to 12 students.
Check out Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson's website at www.PaperPaintings.com.