Taxiermy Classes with Divya

Joins us for a weekend of Taxidermy!

Divya Anantharaman is joining us for a weekend of Taxidermy here @ the Studio. We are very excited to have her for two very special workshops. There are only a few spots left in the mouse workshop, and plenty of space available in the butterfly workshop. Sign up today!

Anthropomorphic Mouse (1 or 2-headed) Taxidermy

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 anthropomorphic taxidermy.

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. After a short review of Potter's work, this class will teach students everything involved in producing a fully finished mount, including initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, fleshing, tail stripping, and dry preservation. Once properly preserved, the 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, and as always, all specimen are ethically sourced.

Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.

Sign-up online at the following link:

Date: April 14th, 2018
Time: 12:00-6:00 pm
Cost: $120 for 1-headed
$150 for 2-headed
Butterfly Preservation/Beginners Entomology Workshop

In this beginners class, students will learn everything about basic butterfly preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of sustainably sourced butterflies in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Simple display cases for finished butterflies will be provided. 

As always, all specimen are legally and sustainably sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted butterflies used in class, how students can source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. 

Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, display case for the finished piece, an extra butterfly to prepare at home, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.

It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces. 

Sign-Up online at the following link:

Date: April 15th, 2018
Time: 12:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $90.00


About Divya:

"I have always been fascinated by science, mythology, and the significance of context in our relationships with animals. After graduating with a BFA from Pratt Institute and working as a designer, my work naturally transitioned from wearable leather sculpture to taxidermy. With both self and professional training, I work as a professional taxidermist in Brooklyn, serving New York City and beyond. My work has won awards in both traditional and alternative taxidermy competitions, including a Best in Show and Best in Category at the 2015 Garden State Taxidermists Show and Competition, and 2016 blue ribbons at the New England Association of Taxidermists. As a taxidermist in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, NY, I teach taxidermy classes nationally and internationally. I am also a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, an NYC Audubon Volunteer, and have coauthored "Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy" (available here). Whether you are looking for a particular mount, to memorialize a pet, preserve a specimen, or commission something a little different, I'm happy to be at your service. I believe there is no line between taxidermist and artist-they're one and the same, and I hope to share my passion for wildlife with you. Let's explore that liminal space between art, science, life, death. 

Any animal parts used in my work are legally and ethically obtained and professionally sanitized and preserved. Everything is put to good use, and nothing goes wasted or unloved. (Please read the ethical sourcing tab for more information.) As an animal lover and member of the GSTA (Garden State Taxidermists Association), this is incredibly important to me."

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