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  • with Elizabeth St. Hilaire
  • July 6-10, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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  • About

    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily

    One hour lunch break daily

    Experiment with hand-painting, -staining, -stamping and -patterning your own collage papers through a multitude of techniques. Classroom lecture and demos will be presented for painting paper and collage application. Learn how to rip and glue and apply your papers in a painterly manner over the top of an acrylic underpainting.

    Learn how to tear with and without white edges, how to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling, and how to vary your paper brush marks in size and shape. At the conclusion of this workshop, you will have the skills to create impressionistic, painterly collages from initial sketch to complete and ready to hang finished artwork!

    What we'll cover:

    • Transferring your reference image utilizing graphite paper
    • Painting your sketch with a full range of values
    • Hand-painting your own collage papers
    • Ripping and gluing and applying your papers in a painterly manner over the top of your underpainting.
    • How to tear with and without white edges
    • How to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling
    • How to vary the size and shape your paper brush marks
    • Signing and Varnishing your work
    ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!!! 
     LUNCH, SNACKS, & DRINKS PROVIDED BY ON-SITE CHEF
    TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT PROVIDED
    TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM HOTEL & STUDIO ALSO PROVIDED 
    * NOTE : Students staying with us in our on-site accommodations will also receive continental breakfast, Chef prepared dinner, unlimited access to studios & art supplies, and on-site amenities. To inquire about on-site lodging contact donna@donnadowney.com or call 704.240.8076 for availability and pricing.

    About the teacher

    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.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What airport do I fly into?

    Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina

    Do I need to rent a car?

    We offer complimentary rides (at specified times) to and from the airport and shuttle you each day to the studio. For more info, click here.

    Where do I stay?

    You can either book a room at our new studio or get a special rate with one of our hotel partners.

    To book a room at our studio, email or call us at 704-240-8076 or donna@donnadowney.com. For more info on rooms, click here.

    To book a room with a special rate with our hotel partner, see below:

    Quality Inn (located 2 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
    1550 E Main St, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 28092
    Phone: +1-623-432-0782
    Book Here

    Hampton Inn (located 2 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
    129 Roper Drive, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 28092
    Phone: +1-704-736-2000
    To register online for the special event rate, click here or call and use Donna Downey Studios corporate code 0002759994

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Purchased class spots are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, and the workshop is sold out, please email kelli@donnadowney.com to be put in contact with the first person on the waiting list. From there, the payment must be worked out between both parties. If there is no waiting list, we are unfortunately unable to provide any refund or credit.


    If you would like to enroll in a workshop that has been sold out,
    please send an email to donna@donnadowney.com and you will be put on a waiting list.
    Questions? Contact donna@donnadowney.com