Taxidermy Parakeet or Sparrow Class - July 28th
Sunday - July 28th From 12-6pm
In this workshop, we will cover all the basics and specific techniques applicable to small bird taxidermy and the fancywork that goes into creating a successful mount. We will also cover the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other applicable laws for working with birds and legally obtaining specimens
This intensive class will be extremely hands on, covering everything from proper skinning, fleshing, degreasing/washing, tumbling and grooming feathers, to the dynamics of classically built bird bodies, dealing with bird necks, cleaning and wiring wing bones, and preserving or re-attaching feet. We will pay special attention to fitting custom made forms (students have the option of making a form with wrapped body or a carved form), creating a stable armature, hidden stitches, and how to arrange feather patterns. We will discuss and use various carding techniques and drying set ups tailored to the individual poses of each bird. Students will have the option of mounting their bird on a flat block, dowel, or branch.
Students will follow along as the instructor works, seeing the techniques in action, with plenty of individual attention. Due to the delicate nature of bird skin, it is ideal that students have had previous taxidermy experience, or come prepared with a good measure of patience. Reference photos for finished standing, sitting, and flying poses will be provided for use and inspiration in class via tablet or smartphone. Students will go home with their creations, and instructions for maintaining their pieces (keeping feathers clean, ideal drying set-ups, etc). Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is advised that students bring a bag or small box to transport their finished pieces.
Divya Anantharaman is a Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in Residence and a Brooklyn based artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science.
With a combination of self and professional training, and an inspiring class (Sue Jeiven's popular Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class at Observatory!), she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters.
Winner of a Best in Show trophy and Best in Category ribbon at the GSTA taxidermy show and competition, her work and classes have been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic,
The NY Times, The Cut, Vice, BBC Science Radio, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. She is also a member of the M.A.R.T. (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists)
and the G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association) You can find out more at https://gothamtaxidermy.com/
Technical Notes from the instructor:
-We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
-Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.
-All animals are disease free.
-Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a somewhat strong constitution and maturity are necessary. We will be seeing meat. In this manner, a good taxidermist prides themselves on working cleanly!
-In consideration of other students, please do not dissect carcasses in class. (You are welcome to take the carcass and dissect on your own, instruction can be provided)
-All animals are ethically sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from the feeder/pet food industry, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.
-Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.
Notes from us at Bazaar:
Participants must be 16 or older.
Ticket sales are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled.
The e-mail address you use to pay for your ticket is our means of communication to you for any updates or reminders about the class.
Will Call: No physical tickets are sent out for the class. We log the name of the ticket purchaser, which you will find and use to sign in the day of the class.
Please give yourself time to find parking and arrive to class 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
Any questions, feel free to reach out to us by phone or e-mail: