Naturalistic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya
There is a great deal of wonder in the natural world, and it is human nature to constantly explore the mysteries behind the seemingly ordinary. Taxidermy has played a great role in our understanding and study of animals, however it is often overlooked as a practice that builds deep appreciation of nature. In this class, we will study the quirky character of the humble mouse. Students will create a fully finished classic mount of a mouse, on a base in the natural setting of their choice. Students will learn everything involved in producing a finished mount, from initial preparation, hygeine and sanitary measures, fleshing, tail stripping, and dry preservation. The use of anatomical study, reference photos, and detailed observation will also be reviewed as important tools in recreating the nuanced poses and expressions that magically reanimate a specimen. Students are welcome to bring their own bases and accessories if something specific is desired. 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.
Divya Anantharaman is a Brooklyn based artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with natural mythology and everyday oddities. After a journey filled with trial and error, numerous books, and an inspiring class (Sue Jeiven's Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class at Observatory!), she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters. Beginning with mice and sparrows, her menagerie grew to include domestic cats, woodchucks, and deer. Recently profiled on Vice Fringes, the New York Observer, and other publications, she will also be appearing in the upcoming season of Oddities-and is definitely up to no good shenanigans.
Also, some technical notes:
We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
Everyone will be provided with gloves.
All animals are disease free.
Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a strong constitution is necessary; taxidermy is not for everyone.
All animals were already dead, nothing was killed for this class.
Please do not bring any dead animals with you to the class.
Acme Studio (View)
63 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|