Weekend Art Retreat and Class with Elizabeth St. Hilaire @ DungenessBarn House

Event Overview

Come to the Olympic Peninsula with Paper Paintings Collage Artwork to rip and glue! Learn the art of painterly, impressionistic collage in this amazing setting. The Barn House offers stunning views and accommodations for this 3-day workshop. (see payment information at the bottom of this page.)

Paper Painting
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Sept. 29th – Oct 1st. 2017
Class meets 10am–4pm each day
One-hour lunch included

Download the 3-day Workshop Schedule here.

For the supplies that you will need during the workshop, download the Supplies Information .pdf document.


Event Description

Let the Magic Of The Pacific North West Feed Your Creative Process

Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s Paper Paintings Retreat for September 2017 will be at, the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast at Two Crows Farm, located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, WA.

In addition to an exciting, fun-filled artisan retreat, you will be nurtured and feel that special “something” that surrounds the property.  Some have called it a “vortex”.  We call it a place to rest and relax, and totally immerse yourself in your art and creative process.  Lunch will be served for this 3 day retreat and you’ll be able to take in the beautiful gardens or beach while enjoying your stay.   You can book one of our rooms and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean.  Then start your day with a gourmet farm to table breakfast or stay with our co host the Green House Inn By the Bay just down the street from us. This is a retreat that is in an inspirational setting – a place that will inspire artists with its beauty and nature all around.

Open to participants of all artistic levels, each day brings new lessons with Elizabeth 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 imperative.

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.


Places to Stay

Although there are many lovely places to stay near by, there are only a few rooms available at the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast for over night accommodations. Be sure and request overnight accommodations on your registration form.  Our co-host for this event is the Green House Inn by the Bay.


Visit Olympic National Park

We also invite students to book additional days (before or after) the event in order to have time to visit the area including the incredible Olympic National Park which is just minutes from the Dungeness Barn House. Don’t miss this opportunities to see one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest!

Check out the video by National Geographic Channel


About the Artist

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.”

I am proud to have published my first book with North Light this summer, available on book stands internationally as of 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 graphic designer and fine artist–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 paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intense three day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion.

For a portfolio, visit PaperPaintings.com, for collage work in progress visit Facebook.com/PaperPaintingsCollageArtwork. You will always get a timely response via email at ejnelson@mac.com


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 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.

Visit her on the web at PaperPaintings.com or see her collage work in progress visit Facebook.com/PaperPaintingsCollageArtwork.


Travel, Payments, and Cancellations

Maximum 20 students, Minimum 10 students or the class will be cancelled. Make travel arrangements after class is confirmed with enough students.

Cancelling within one month, after August 29, 2017, is non refundable unless you find someone to fill your spot.

Payment Options: Students may pay in full using the PayPal button below, or contact us directly regarding 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. Please call us if you wish to use the payment plan (360) 582-1663. Full payment is due one month before the class dates, by August 29, 2017.


Make Event Reservation

Please fill out the following form and submit payment to complete your event reservation.

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Call Dungeness Barn House for room reservations or for payment plans.

Cost: $475.00
Tax:     $39.90
Total: $514.90


Massage Therapy Package

In room massage therapy provided by licensed therapist Kami Westfall.  She brings her expertise of working in five star luxury resorts and spas to our guest here at the Dungeness Barn House.  Having been a licensed and insured massage therapist since 1998, Kami has worked in world class resorts and spas in California,  Hawaii and Washington.  Kami is experienced in Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, lomilomi, prenatal, lymphatic drainage, and geriatric massage.

Also available is an organic antioxidant body wrap. It begins with an organic coconut sugar scrub, then a body wrap of organic raw shea butter and essential oils for intense antioxidant hydration.

Book a personal or couples massage at the time of your reservation. 

60 minute – $85

90 minute – $110

Body wrap – $110

Deluxe couples (massages and facials for 2) – $280

Yoga in the Barn House

Complement your stay and begin your vacation with early check in and a private yoga session in our meditative loft overlooking the Dungeness Spit and our lovely gardens.

Unwind, refresh, breathe in our great Olympic air.

Asana (posture) sequence is designed to counteract the effects of car sitting and can be adapted for most bodies.  

Session includes breathing techniques and concludes with a therapeutic deep relaxation.  Yoga practitioner is nationally certified and reputable.

1-2 people              75 minutes           $95.00

Must be able to climb a short flight of stairs.

Available options:

Couples yoga

Private yoga

Ayurveda

Guided Meditation

Call 360-582-1663 to schedule your session with your reservation.  

Simply Wine

Join Michele Jaeger, Certified Sommelier and wine lover, for a sensory exploration of three to four distinct wines. Your fine wine “tour” will take you through the elements of wine tasting, how to shop for wine you love, how to plan food and wine pairings that work and other wine related topics.

Plan to join us at 5:30pm for a 90 minute World of Wine (WoW) tour.  Make this your evening highlight, or enjoy it prior to your evening dinner reservations or other activities.

Join Michele Jaeger, Certified Sommelier and wine lover, for a sensory exploration of three to four distinct wines.  Your fine wine “tour” will take you through the elements of wine tasting, how to shop for wine you love, how to plan food and wine pairings that work and other wine related topics.

Premier Tasting

An evening celebrating quality wines typically of “new world” varietals. These wines are generally more fruit forward, familiar and accessible.

Somm Select

Some of the world has been making wines for centuries –we will taste some excellent examples of “old world” wines and find out why they work so well with food.

Pricing is dependent on group size and wines selected; a typical range is $50.00 to $80.00 per person. Package is subject to Sommelier availability. 

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