Wood-Burned and Painted Fish Mobiles - Zoom
Online via Zoom
This class will meet online via Zoom. 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. I consider beach-combing a valuable part of the creative process for this project but sticks will be provided.
The fish will be a mix of freshwater and saltwater species of Maine fish. I hope that by creating representations of wild Maine fish students will become aware of the variety fish in our world. Sanding, wood burning and acrylic painting are processes that we will use to finish the flat basswood cutouts. Materials and borrowed wood burners will be sent to remote students. The Zoom classes will be augmented by images of the work sent during the class sessions by email. Even remotely, 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 in person. 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.