Watercolor & Collage Demo by Elizabeth Ellison for Art League

By Eugenia L. Johnson Director, Swain County Center for the Arts | Jan 01, 2014

Painter and paper maker Elizabeth Ellison will demonstrate the use of collage in a landscape painting at the Art League of the Smokies meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.

She will incorporate torn and manipulated papers, such as handmade, oriental or tissue wrapping paper onto watercolor paper and then paint a simple landscape using this textured surface. She primarily paints in watercolor, but often incorporates acrylics or gouache to get the desired effect.

Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone who is interested in learning more about painting and collage is invited to attend free of charge.  This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the department of Cultural Resources.

Ellison also does acrylic and oil paintings, pottery, and makes her own paper.  She often paints directly on the paper she makes from native Appalachian plants or uses her handmade papers to create texture collages in her watercolor or acrylic paintings.

Local landscapes, native flowers and wildlife are among the subjects Ellison depicts in her unique impressionistic style that uses both traditional and oriental techniques along with American Indian motifs.   To view artwork by Elizabeth Ellison, go to her website at www.elizabethellisonwatercolors.com.

Swain County Center for the Arts is located at Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, NC  28713. For more information, call Jenny Johnson at 828-488-7843.  Go to www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta to view the current calendar of events.

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