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