Paint and Collage: Layering Content

Workshop with Holly Roberts

Painting & Collage: Layering Content

May 27-31, 2019

Limited to 10 – 3 spots open. Will run!

Holly Roberts broke ground in both painting and photography by bringing the two together as if they had always existed in the same space. Is it the photographic collages or the painting until, like a pendulum, these dynamic forces create a continuous pulse. Through her work, she has become a storyteller extraordinaire.

Holly is truly a masterful artist but also a master instructor. Using acrylic paints in concert with photos, transfers, drawings, and prints you will follow Holly on a journey of meaning through found and created images. Skills taught include learning how to achieve excellent collage adhesion, different transfer processes in service of compositional layering. You will discover the magic of Holly’s storytelling and spiritual aesthetic using your own voice.

Holly works intuitively, painting abstractions on panels before applying her signature photo fragments. She uses muted colors of paint, black-and-white and color photographs to create images that are filled with humor, irony, and mythology. Her metamorphic beings illustrate archetypal emotions and dream states. Her subject matter has expanded from introspective to a wider worldview, touching on religion, technology, and the environment.  Robert’s art is bold, a bit brash and almost always irreverent.  Her work can be found on her website:

Holly will be assisted this year by Trish Meyer, a true arts process maven.


What’s Included:

TSA travel restrictions and added baggage fees make bringing some of your personal art tools and materials challenging. Reducing what you need to bring is an important part of making your workshop experience pleasant. In that effort MakingArtSafely’s studio will have at least the following on hand:


A selection of acrylic paints:

Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Yellow (Light or medium)
Cadmium Red (deep)
Cerulean Blue
Raw Umber
Titanium White
Yellow Ochre
Ultramarine Blue
Plus, several other colors

Acrylic Mediums:

Soft Gloss
Emulsion transfer materials (Inkjet transparency transfers)
Inkjet transparencies
Paper for transfers
Joint Compound


Copy Paper and laser printer
Inkjet printer
Computer to print from for both laser and Inkjet prints
Gesso or Kilz
Painting panels various sizes from 8×10” to 20×24”
Artist and house brushes, you will want to bring your own, but we have more if you need some.
One roll clear contact paper
Two rolls parchment paper
Water containers
JEM Foam brushes
Breakable blade knives
A few X-acto Knives
Cleaning materials baby wipes, rags, soap, paper towels, brush cans.
A long list of common studio tools and supplies

Santa Fe is a vibrant artists’ community and our art stores reflect that. Anything you don’t want to pack that isn’t already part of the studio’s on-hand supplies you are likely to find locally. If you know now what those things you would miss might be you can call or email me to see what we have in the studio. (505) 780-0920, Too, you are always welcome to ship personal supplies ahead of your workshop. If shipping send at least 8 business days before your workshop.

What to Bring

Note: Your General Studio Fee is not solely a materials fee but does include an extensive array of relevant communal shop needs including painting panels and paints. Panel sizes are: 8×10” 9×12” 12×16” 16×20” 20×24”

BIG note: Your images, collage materials and transfers only matter after you made paintings. Image choices and collage elements develop from the paintings. This approach you will learn from Holly really works!

Because of TSA you might consider mailing or shipping a small package of sharps and fluids. I am happy to receive and hold packages for you.

Acrylic paints:

Check the list of colors under What’s Included and bring any additional acrylic colors important to your personal palette. Keep in mind Santa Fe has a good art store or two.


  • 5-10  artists’ brushes, from very large to very small, including any soft watercolor or Japanese brushes
  • ¼” house paint brush
  • 1” house paint brush
  • 3” or 4” house paint brush
  • (the house paint brushes should be inexpensive Natural bristle brushes found in hardware stores-most commonly made in china and not costing over $2.00 per brush-the more brushes the better).
  • Foam brushes, different sizes, small to large. You use these for transfers.


  • Apron
  • Palette knives
  • Sharp scissors (Holly and I love Dahle Pro Scissors or Shears – try Amazon) more than x-acto knife – keep TSA in mind if flying. I have scissors, just not Dahl for studio use.
  • Favorite disposable latex or nitrile gloves – I have nitrile in lots of sizes.
  • Plastic credit cards (no longer in use)
  • Plastic scrapers
  • Putty knives – plastic
  • Plastering trowels like for drywall work
  • Jump drive or other portable digital media

Images – some comments about images:

  • Don’t make everything for 8-1/2 x11” Play with sizes when making copies.
  • With your digital images do your best to make them how you want them to look.
  • This is not a digital class so it is nearly impossible to make image corrections, other than size, during the workshop.
  • Smartphone photos should be downloaded to YOUR computer and transferred to a jump drive.
  • You don’t need every photo you have ever taken. Based on experience, be selective before you arrive. Something powerful seems to happen when you have fewer choices.
  • Bring a digital camera or smart phone and laptop. You can add pictures you take in Santa Fe as you begin to envision specific needs. Though we don’t have the Taj Mahal, we do have Buddhist temples. You get my point.

Collage materials:

  • Photographs, color or black and white in digital form.
  • Color and/or b&w copies: copies from your home copiers can be problematic if not of good quality – laser prints only – what works best are plastic based inks (toner) and not water soluble inks (inkjet). Copies from Kinko’s types of places work well but specify they be laser prints.
  • Images from magazines or newspapers to be cut up, but your personal images are best.
  • Interesting papers.
  • Any photographic information of any kind that you want to bring in – if it’s important make a copy (or several) so you won’t lose the original.
  • any of your printouts should be on 20lb copy paper – the “standard” stuff-works well.
  • Anything that you would like to work with that you think you can adhere to a surface and that might take paint.  If you have an inkling of wanting to use something, then bring it.
  • Large enough luggage to pack small and medium prints, with stiff protector (cardboard or matt board).

That’s it! Any questions about supplies, please feel free to contact us.


Workshop Itinerary

  • Monday morning begins with students arriving at the studio between 9:30-10 AM.
  • Daily instruction is 10 AM to 4 PM with the studio open to students between 9:30 AM and 7 PM. Exception is Friday when the workshop ends at 4 PM.
  • Bring a lunch everyday except Tuesday when we go out Dutch for a late lunch
  • Thursday night we host a dinner in our courtyard. Companion welcome.