Ringneck Pheasant Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Sunday, August 14th
Admission: $425 (includes all materials for use in class, and complementary museum admission for the day. Students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. If you do not see the head option that you want, please email us.)
Experience Level - Beginner to Intermediate
Limited class size of 4 people
In this class, students will learn all the skills required to make--and leave class with--their very own standing ringneck pheasant mount. This exclusive workshop is designed for beginners to learn professional level techniques. the birds used in this class are domestically raised birds that have died from natural causes.
This intensive class will be extremely hands on, covering everything one needs to know about basic bird taxidermy. After a skinning demonstration and anatomy overview, students will learn and proceed to properly flesh, degrease, and prepare their skins for mounting. Using the carcass as a reference, students will learn the dynamics and classic techniques of sculpting bird bodies, dealing with bird necks, cleaning and wiring wing bones, and preserving feet. We will pay special attention to fitting forms, 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.
The intimate nature of the class will allow students plenty of individual attention while working on a larger specimen. Reference photos for finished standing, sitting, and open wing poses will be provided for use and inspiration in class on laptop or tablet, but students are allowed to bring their own. Students will go home with their creations, and instructions for maintaining their pieces (keeping feathers clean, ideal drying set-ups, etc). This will be a truly one of a kind experience!
Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is advised that students bring a bag or 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, 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 is on display in the Chamber of Wonders at the Walters Art Museum, and has 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 G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association), N.E.A.T (New England Association of Taxidermists), and regularly competes in regional taxidermy shows. You can find out more at www.friendsforevertaxidermy.com
Also, some technical notes:
We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment. All animals are disease free.
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.
Morbid Anatomy Muesum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215