Acadia Senior College

Course offerings

Wood-Burned and Painted Fish - In-person

Steven Valleau

Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor
This class will meet in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum. We will make a painted fish mobile, a simple five fish assemblage made of painted basswood cutouts, monofilament line and driftwood sticks. Students are encouraged to collect their own driftwood sticks. Steve considers beach-combing a valuable part of the creative process for this project but sticks will also be provided. The fish will be a mix of freshwater and saltwater species of Maine fish. By creating representations of wild Maine fish students will become aware of the variety fish in our world. Sanding, wood burning and acrylic painting processes will be used to finish the flat basswood cutouts. This will be a fun way to meet new people and make an interesting nature related piece of art. This class will also be offered separately via Zoom. Please sign up for one or the other.
About the instructor

Steve Valleau is the artist-in-residence at the Wendell Gilley Museum, a job he has held for more than 35 years, combining his college degree in biology with his love of the natural world and his talent for bird carving, an art form he started learning at the age of 11.

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