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Workshops and Events

Jul
26
to Jul 28

Baltimore Taxidermy Workshops

Taxidermy and Entomology workshops all weekend at Bazaar Baltimore! Come to one, or come to them all! Students of all experience levels, including beginners, will learn professional taxidermy and preservation methods used in both traditional and specialty work. Experience the process from start to finish in these hands on workshops, go home with your very own piece, and the ability to create your own pieces in the future. A materials and resource list is available via email after the class.

Friday 5-7pm Butterfly Preservation

Saturday 12-6 Rat Taxidermy

Sunday 12-6 Parakeet Taxidermy

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Oct
5
11:00 AM11:00

Adirondack Museum Mouse Taxidermy Class

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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Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Adirondack Museum Starling Taxidermy Class

In this class, we will learn about the fascinating anatomy of birds and traditional bird taxidermy. European starlings are beautiful birds, but considered invasive due to their destruction of crops and native bird species, and so are one of the few birds that can be legally possessed by individuals in the US.

Each class will teach students everything involved in producing a fully finished mount, including initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, fleshing, tail stripping, and dry preservation. Professionally preserved skins will be mounted on custom-made body forms, posed and outfitted as the student desires. A selection of props and accessories will be provided, though students are also encouraged to bring their own accessories and bases if they desire something specific. All other supplies will be provided for use in class and as always, all specimens are sustainably sourced. 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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Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

Butterfly Preservation and Display

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In this beginners class, students will discuss harvesting and drying found specimens, rehydrating dried specimens as well as practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, posing, display, and discuss maintenance of the finished piece. A variety of sustainably sourced butterflies are provided. Learn how to assemble your own rehydration chamber, and how to ensure a clean and successful end product from start-to-finish. You will work individually with a specimen and spreading boards to create your own natural history artifact. As always, all specimen are sustainably sourced. We discuss how to ethically and legally source specimen from reputable suppliers.

Students take home their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, a display case, an extra specimen to work on at home, and the knowledge to create future pieces. Bring a small bag or box to transport your pieces. Children under 18 years old must have adult supervision.

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