Anthropomorphic Mouse (1 or 2-headed) Taxidermy
ANTHROPOMORPHIC/NATURAL MOUSE TAXIDERMY
PRICE-$120 mouse/$150 2-headed mouse
In this class, students will learn all the skills required to make--and leave class with--their very own piece of one- or two-headed anthropomorphic taxidermy.
Anthropomorphic 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, as profiled by the New York Times, 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.
After a short review of Potter’s work, this 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. Once properly preserved, the students will build custom body forms and the critters will be assembled, posed, and outfitted as the student desires, with a selection of props and accessories provided. 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 specimen are ethically sourced.
Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.
The Glass Source Stained Glass Studio
18 Bank St.
Seymour, CT 06483