We hope you will join us to get creative! On this page, you will find a wealth of online art lessons, activities and resources - all created by local artists for you to explore. From crazy collage projects to inspiring bird flags to creating mythological birds, there is a ton of fun to be had here!
This summer, we will also be offering small, socially-distanced classes outdoors at the Gilley under our new Art Tent. Beginning in with carving classes in June and then many different art classes in July and August. Check our events page for our in-person classes.
If you need inspiring art materials, please just ask. We have a contact-free drop box at the museum for pick-up, or can mail art supplies to you to get you started. Write to us at email@example.com.
Learn & Do
For a complete list of all upcoming events: Events page
Crazy Creative Collage
June 1 - December 31, 2020
Local artists present crazy and creative collage projects to get you inspired. Each project is very different, and as you'll see, collage is a super fun art form that you can do with scissors, glue, and anything you can glue down. The results can be beautiful and sometimes surprising and can send a positive message. If you need art supplies and collage materials, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll get them to you.
Some of the artists below took inspiration from the collage book Beautiful Blackbird by the wonderful Maine artist Ashley Bryan.
You'll also find a video of Ashley reading his book - which is the best way to experience it! Click "expand" for more.
Ashley Bryan inspired collage with artists Erika and Sienna Rosso
Video Workshop - Collage
with Erica and Sienna Rosso (20 mins)
Video of Ashley Bryan
reading Beautiful Blackbird (10 mins)
Beautiful Blackbirds - Collage Inspired by the Blackbird and the Raven.
Slideshow by artist Maria Charette
Art Corner - Fun Collage lesson with artist Allison Maurais.
that features artist, art teacher, and summer Gilley staff demonstrating a really fun collage technique with minimal materials. (10 mins)
Exploring Collage with artist Carol Shutt
A series of Facebook videos that really get creative with ideas for collage, with artist and former school teacher Carol Shutt.
Collage 1 :: Collage 2 :: Collage 3 :: Collage 4 :: Collage 5
Be like a Magpie!
Collect all kinds of cool, colorful and textured papers to use for making collages
. Magazines, wrapping paper - even paper bags can have cool textures and patterns. And what about buttons, feathers, and sequins? Anything that catches your eye and can be glued down (or otherwise attached) is fair game for making a collage, and you might consider including words, letters or symbols also, to express an idea, or get your viewer thinking...
If you feel like you are short on collage-making materials
, let us know at email@example.com
with your name, artist's ages and mailing address, and we will mail some your way. And PLEASE SHARE
your art by sending us pictures with the artist's info (and even an artist statement) and we will post in an online gallery.
Ashley Bryan reads Beautiful Blackbird! ONLINE
May 4 - December 31, 2020
Watch this wonderful Video of Ashley Bryan reading his book Beautiful Blackbird and Visit Crazy, Creative Collage here on our website for a video lesson with artists Erika and Sienna Rosso, inspired by Beautiful Blackbirds - and lots of other fun collage ideas by local artists.
May 2 - December 31, 2020
Explore the Collatype printmaking process with Artist Allison Maurais by watching her video here. This process uses simple materials such as cardboard to create shapes and textures that can be colored over to produce cool looking prints. Experiment with materials around your house and with different colors to create your own unique species!
May 1 - December 30, 2020
Fly your Bird Flags!
April 30 - December 31, 2020
Create an inspiring and beautiful bird flag that you can hang at your house - or bring to the Gilley Museum and we will proudly display it for all to see! Based on the idea of a "prayer flag" that embodies good thoughts and intentions, these flags are a positive and fun art project. Click "Expand" to read more and to join artist Allison Maurais for this online video project.
Click here to Join artist Allison Maurais in her video lesson.
Our flags are painted on sailcloth to make them durable and flag-like. You can use any material, but sailcloth is ideal if you can get it - and if not, stop by the museum dropbox to pick some up
(brown storage box in front of the museum), and let us know if you need other materials by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birds of Myth
April 28 - December 31, 2020
Join artists Erica and Sienna Rosso to create flying mythological birds, such as the Thunderbird, Phoenix and Quetzalcoatl. Click here to find templates for all three of these glorious birds - and download, print, and color them. Then join Erica and Sienna to learn how to make cool hanging bird goddess art by watching their video here.
Check out the links below
to learn more about these mysterious mythological bird creatures! More bird gods and goddesses from around the world coming soon. In the meantime, explore and find your own favorite Birds from Myth (Garuda from India, the giant Roc from Arabian Nights...)
and make your own artistic versions of them.
Thunderbird - Powerful Native American being with lightning powers!
Phoenix - Glorious ancient Greek bird of fire
Quetzalcoatal - Mysterious Aztec feathered serpent
Philosophy of programming
Following in the footsteps of Wendell Gilley, we endeavor to help people make connections to art and nature, and to their own creativity. We offer many opportunities for learning and creativity for all ages.
Many people reflect fondly on memories of dropping by and spending time with Wendell in his studio, watching him carve and learning from him. At the museum, you can visit with our Master Carver Steven Valleau (read his bio here), who has been carving at the Gilley for 35 years, as of June 1, 2020! You can share Steve's passion for birds and learn about carving (maybe even try your hand at it), and sign up for one of our many creative classes or learning programs.
Along with a full-time artist on staff, we also bring in local artists, educators, and experts in natural history and the environment for special programs. Our events page lists all of our upcoming activities. If you are interested in learning to carve, you can sign up for a lesson or a lifetime; short and long workshops and a carving club are offered. Teachers and youth group leaders are welcome to schedule art and natural history programs year-round.
Types of activities offered
Watch Steve, or one of our Member carvers at work or enroll in a workshop yourself.
Demonstrations are given during most days that the Museum is open. Workshops, ranging from an hour and a half to ten weeks in duration are offered throughout the year:
- longer carving programs in the late fall, winter and spring
- short (2 hour) lessons offered from late June - late September.
- weekly Carving Club - free for museum members - meets late October through late April.
All programs require advance registration and are taught by Carver-in-Residence Steven Valleau.
Our carving workshops can be found lower on this page, and on our Events page.
Throughout the year, the Museum staff works with schools and other institutions to create customized tours and workshops.
Groups from nursery, elementary and high schools, colleges, elder hostel and cultural touring organizations are among those served. Program content includes art, natural history and wildlife protection, and can be adapted to meet the needs of various audiences. Contact us at 207 244-7555 to discuss a special program, or design your own around the resources at the Museum.
We welome school groups.
School groups are charged an admission fee of $2.00 per student and an additional $1.50 per student materials fee for all programs except Time Flies and Owl Ecology, which have a materials fee of $3.00. Teachers and chaperones are admitted free. Admission for adult tour groups is $5.00 per person, with free admission for group leaders. A discounted rate of $4.50 per person is offered for groups with 25 or more members with advance reservation and prepayment. There is a $30.00 minimum charge for group programs. Limited scholarship funds are available for school groups. If reduced or waived fees would make it possible for your class to participate in our programs, please inquire.
The Gilley Workshop Wing is offered as a meeting place for non-profit groups for a basic fee of $75.00. The space includes a kitchen, work-style tables, chairs, and an A/V system with a large television and microphone for presentations. Rates for private and business functions and/or use of other galleries are negotiable.
If your group is unable to visit the Museum, outreach programs can sometimes be arranged. Current mileage rate of .50/mile applies. Program rates vary.