Anthropomorphic/Naturalistic Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Divya
In this intimate, hands-on class (limited to only five students), we will study the nutty ways of the squirrel! Students will create a fully-finished classic squirrel mount in a natural sitting position. Students will learn everything involved in producing a finished mount - from initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, to proper technique and dry preservation. The class will offer the option of creating a form through the age old technique of wrapping and carving a head, or using a pre-fabricated head and sculpting a body. There will also be a carcass casting demo, and explanation of how foam mannikins are made. The use of anatomical study, reference photos, and detailed observation will also be reviewed as important tools in recreating the natural poses and expressions that magically reanimate a specimen. A selection of naturalistic and anthropomorphic props will be provided, however, 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 experimentation, numerous books, and an inspiring class (Sue Jeiven's Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class at Observatory!) and other professional training, 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 Times, 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.
All materials are provided, including gloves and sterilized equipment.
Student will leave with a fully finished mount, and the knowledge to create small taxidermy pieces on their own.
All animals are disease free.
Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a certain level of maturity is necessary.
All animals were already dead, nothing is killed for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from farms, 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
41 Willow Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
|Minimum Age: 0|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|