In this class, students will learn all the skills required to make--and leave class with--their very own piece of one- or two-headed mouse taxidermy. Animals used in this class are responsibly sourced (naturally deceased mice from reputable breeders). Nothing is harmed for the sake of the class.
This class will teach students everything involved in producing a fully finished mount, including correct specimen preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, and dry preservation. If making a 2 headed mount, students will learn how to make a gaff truly convincing. Students will build custom body forms and the critters will be assembled, posed, and outfitted as the student desires, with a selection of props and accessories provided. Students are also encouraged to bring their own accessories and bases if they desire something specific. All other supplies will be provided for use in class. Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.
Anthropomorphic taxidermy--a practice in which animals are posed as if engaged in human activities--was an art form made famous by Victorian taxidermist and museologist Walter Potter. In this class, as profiled by the New York Times, students will learn to create--from start to finish--anthropomorphic animals inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Mr. Potter. Your final project might take the form of a bespectacled, whiskey swilling, top hat tipping mouse; or perhaps a rodent mermaid queen of the burlesque world? With some props and some artful styling, your mouse can become whatever or whomever you want; this is the joy of anthropomorphic taxidermy. For students who would prefer to create a naturalistic mount, anatomy, reference, and all other necessary nuances will be covered.
Divya Anantharaman is an award winning professional taxidermist who spends her free time volunteering with various wildlife conservation efforts. She is a former taxidermist in residence at the (now closed) Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, and author of “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy”. Her clients include museums, art galleries, and private collectors.