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Course Description

Bring depth and inspiration to your painting surfaces with collaged paper. Sherre Wilson Liljegen shares her innovative process designed to reach beyond the predictable physical 2D plane in pursuit of unexpected visual connections which opens the door to your own imaginative world. Sherre will demonstrate how students can combine fragments of textured colored paper to craft multifaceted images that produce surprising results as ink and paint is applied. You will be encouraged to embrace the shifts between forms and edges, as each piece of the paper accepts pigments according to their layered texture. On this interactive surface, your intuitive responses will incubate your imagery from initial concept to the final stages of a rich, engaging work of art that reveals an artistic journey previously unimaginable. ALL LEVELS WELCOME.

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.


The AAN Studio is equipped with glass top sliding carts that make perfect glass palettes. However, you will want to bring a large plastic bin or tray with palette paper and a lid. Because the studio is used for evening classes and storage room is at a minimum, students are asked to transport their supplies to and from the studio each day. We also supply vegetable oil, dawn soap, and Gamsol for clean up.


Hardboard panels (flat or cradled) canvas

Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive
PVA adhesive
or other archival glue Acrylic medium to use as a glue and as a protective glaze

Source Material:
Images from photos, printed on plain, matte or miscellaneous paper. Inkjet prints, Lazer prints, prints from a copier.
Personal photos, images from magazines etc.
Tissue paper, rice paper, organic materials, fabric.
There will be plenty of source material available from AAN and Sherre’s collection.

Painting materials:
oil paint, transparent pigments
acrylic paint, transparent high flow (Golden brand) oil pastels,

oil pigments:
Mussini: transparent cyan & oriental blue & Violet & Magenta & Turquoise Williamsburg: quinacridone gold brown & transparent iron oxide.
Daniel Smith: quinacridone gold & burnt scarlet & cold black.
Any brand: paynes gray, asphaltum, indian yellow

Acrylic high flow:
hansa yellow, brown iron oxide, phthalo blue, green, quinacridone magenta, red, green gold, ultramarine blue, dioxazine purple, neutral gray , titanium white, buff

Simply Simmons - (very inexpensive) variety of sizes

PLEASE NOTE AAN’s Greener Practices:

  • Oils: Stand, Linseed, Vegetable, Walnut
  • Solvents: Galkyd or Gamsol
  • Clean up with vegetable oil and soap :
    (palettes, tables, brushes, and easels)
  • ALL Rags and Towels with Paint, Ink, and Solvents are disposed in red cans.


  • Turpentine, Paint Thinner, or Mineral Spirits, including odorless products
  • Fumey and Toxic Glues
  • Liquin, Varnish, Dryers, Fixatives or Aerosols
Deepening Imagery 18+

Sherre Wilson-Liljegren

Sherre Wilson Liljegren is a painter, photographer, mixed media artist, and lifelong AAN member. She received her BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in Painting and Printmaking, before earning an MS in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art. Wilson-Liljergen has shown her work internationally, exhibiting her ethereal landscapes and interiors of Nantucket, England, Spain, Mexico, Wyoming and the Artic. In the late 90’s she revamped the adult painting classes at the Gardner-Perry facility, later serving on the AAN board from 2009 to 2018. Residencies include two Visual Artist Residency Fellowships at Vermont Studios Center, and most recently completed The Arctic Circle Residency’s Art and Science expedition to the High Arctic in 2019.
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