- Entomology 101 Friday, July 7
- 2-headed chick taxidermy, July 8
- Fascinators, Victorian hats & Wearable Taxidermy, July 9
Perfect for beginners, experts, or anyone in between, this class will provide students with materials and instruction to create a totally unique piece of wearable taxidermy! The class will begin with a short illustrated lecture on wearable taxidermy, from prehistoric speculation, to shrunken heads, Victorian hummingbird jewelry, and a modern day discussion of ethically obtained animal products in art and fashion. Students will then design their piece and bring it to life using the guidance, tips, tricks, and techniques advised by Divya, Morbid Anatomy taxidermist in residence whose wearable taxidermy designs have been featured in NY Mag’s “The Cut” and various “Top 10 of NY Fashion Week” lists. Her past life as a commercial footwear and accessory designer lives on in her passion for wearable art!
In addition to a number of small heads, paws, pelts, and wings, a selection of jewelry findings and hardware will be provided, along with beads, crystals, ribbons, and other decorative flourishes. Students will have the choice of skinning, cleaning, preparing and preserving animal parts, or using the readily prepared pieces provided. Students are also welcome to bring their own special findings or pieces for use in class. A great place to let your creativity truly run wild! Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.
It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.
This is a special workshop teaching students basic murrini and cane construction methods, shaping glass at a bench-mounted, surface-mix oxygen/propane torch. Safety is discussed, tools, terminology of glass, and process. Each student will have access to a torch and will melt and form glass using a variety of hand tools.
This is the chance to experience working molten glass and make glass eyes! Various iris methods will be demonstrated: Dragon eyes, mammalian, avian, cephalopod, alien as well as pulling eye cane and adding nichrome wire. Working with hard glass and soft glass students will produce eye shapes and sizes they can use in their taxidermy specimen, sculptural work or jewellery. Class fee includes all materials
No experience necessary! Ages 12 on up are welcome!
This workshop takes place at 906 Queen Street West (at Crawford)
In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.
As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.
Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Wooden spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.
Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase. (participants can choose 2 insects to work on)!
Lecture and demonstration can be attended for $25. Lecture/demo fee can be added towards the full workshops offered if you change your mind (if space is available)! Full workshop includes 2-3 insects (a variety to choose from!) one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.
Other unusual insects will be available for purchase before and after the workshops! Tea, coffee, water and snacks will be available during class.
Pâte de verre workshops – noon to 3:30, 12 student max. $85pp Sunday, June 18
Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kiln formed bowl. Students have access to a broad palette of coloured frit (crushed glass) and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing.
2nd Option: Same workshop only you sculpt your own bowl and learn how to build a refractory mould! This option teaches how to mix refractory materials, differences in mould materials available, working with water based clay to form bowls. Sunday, June 18 noon to 5pm (*return date to be determined during workshop).
Mythological Dino Bird Taxidermy Workshop • August 28th 12pm-6/7pm $380pp $170 deposit to reserve seat.
Create your own Fantastic Beast! Class size limited to 6 – Beginner to Intermediate Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat 3 seats remain 19/08/16
The instructor will be providing demonstrations of each step, and allowing students plenty of individual attention and opportunities to ask questions. A supply and resource list will be emailed to students. We will also cover the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other applicable laws for working with birds and legally obtaining specimens. It is advised that students bring a bag or small box to transport their finished pieces..
The birds used in this class are humanely sourced, they are naturally deceased or a byproduct of the food industry.
Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills.
Metal + Glass Young artist camp
8 day intensive working with metal and glass
June 20th to 29th noon-3pm Mon to Friday & Mon to Wednesday $400 per person. Ages: 9-12 No experience necessary! All materials included.
Everyday covers a different technique
Safety in the studio and working with various materials is covered with each new process.
Day 1: Working with hammers and stamping tools students add textures, words, images to copper pendants.
Day 2: Properly measure, texture and form sterling silver ring bands.
Day 3: Small field trip to the near-by park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves-back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Make a Robot portrait or a Selfie, in glass! Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces.
Day 4: Working with cuttlefish bone moulds carve out patterns that will then be cast in pewter.
Day 5: Work with vitreous enamel painting/sifting images on copper that will be fused in a kiln.
Day 6: Draw pictures onto brass or copper and learn how to etch metal (like circuit boards) and turn these images into pins/brooches.
Day 7: Working with found items: flat rocks, drift wood, twigs, bottle caps, broken ceramic bits students learn how to hand drill and rivet with metal tubing and turn their finds into charm necklaces/bracelets.
Day 8: Finish up projects.
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Copper for forming, rivets, and making bracelet blanks
Brass for etching
Glass for kiln forming
Various copper, brass and bronze wire
Use of tools and equipment.
* Salt solutions are used for etching. The studio works with green alternatives whenever possible. Students will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. Particulate masks are worn when working with glass powders. At no time are the students working with fire, or dangerous materials.
Parental consent forms are sent via email upon registration.
Reserve your space today! This event is taking place during Maker Fest Toronto 2016
Register for the August Metal + Glass Young Artist Camp below: Starts Tuesday August 2nd runs thru August 11th
Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp (4 seats remain) Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat in this workshop
This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future.
METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, March 14th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.
evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).
evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.
evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.
evening #8: Finish up projects
No experience necessary!
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*. A list of local suppliers is included. Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s
What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment
Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals
9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs. Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.
•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire & tubing
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper
• Consumables necessary for etching various metals
Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.
Deposit necessary to hold space $190
Intermediate & Advanced soldering
Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?
For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.
Resident taxidermists of Morbid Anatomy Museum road trip to Toronto, March 2016 to hold Jackalope shoulder mount workshop & Squirrel workshop
Katie Innamorato is a Taxidermist in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn NY. She is professionally trained in taxidermy; winning awards and ribbons every year at the Garden State Taxidermist Association competition and convention. She strives to teach proper, professional, traditional techniques to students all over the US and internationally. She is also a rogue taxidermist; being a member of the M.A.R.T. or Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists. As with all M.A.R.T. members she adheres to strict ethical guidelines when acquiring specimens. She uses roadkill, frozen feeders, scrap skins from other taxidermists and the garment industry, pet industry casualties, nuisance animals, and donated skins to create her artworks; almost every part of the animal is utilized.
Her work has been featured on the hit Science and Discovery Channel TV show, “Oddities,” and the spin off show, “Odd Folks Home.” She has exhibited work at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, among other galleries and museums. She was recently featured on VICE and in the book Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury. She has also done lectures and demonstrations at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and at the Institute Library in Connecticut.
Divya Anantharaman is a taxidermist in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York City. She is an artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science, and has always specialized in the arts related to leather, fur, and hide. With a combination of self and professional training, she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters, specializing in small and unusual mammals and birds. Winner of a Best in Show trophy and Best in Category ribbon at the GSTA taxidermy show and competition, her work and classes have been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic, The NY Times, The Cut, Vice, BBC Science Radio, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. She has shown work in galleries across the U.S. and has traveled nationally and internationally to teach and lecture on both traditional and rogue taxidermy. She is also a member of the M.A.R.T. (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) and the G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association). You can find out more at www.friendsforevertaxidermy.com
Friends Forever Taxidermy & Afterlife Anatomy roadtrip to Toronto!
The studio is excited to announce the return of Friends Forever Taxidermy, Divya Anantharaman the weekend of March 11th thru 13th 2016! Divya is bringing her friend and fellow taxidermist in residence at Morbid Anatomy Museum along for dual-taught workshops!
Friday evening, March 11th: Beginning Entomology; Beetles & Moths 6:30-9:30pm 10 person max. $80pp
In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles & Moths, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.
As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. If there are any excess specimen left, they will be available for students to take home for practice and future use.
Students go home with their own prepared beetle & moth, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Mounting its, mounting pins and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.
This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future.
This class will cover both beginner and advanced techniques used in small mammal taxidermy from start to finish. Students will learn proper skinning and fleshing procedures, how to split, turn and position facial features, including the ears, proper dry preservation, and the traditional methods of building a form using wrapped body, carving the head, and the carcass as reference. Students can pose their squirrel in an anthropomorphic or naturalistic style, and are welcome to bring props if they choose. A small selection of props will be provided, and instruction on how to create your own props, such as top hats, monocles, and squirrel sized clothes, will also be provided, along with materials to make antlers, horns, or tentacles. Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.
Refunds are not available for these special guest instructors. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Divya Anantharaman is a Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in Residence and a Brooklyn based artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science. With a combination of self and professional training, and an inspiring class (Sue Jeiven’s popular Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class at Observatory!), she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters. Winner of a Best in Show trophy and Best in Category ribbon at the GSTA taxidermy show and competition, her work and classes have been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic, The NY Times, The Cut, Vice, BBC Science Radio, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. She is also a member of the M.A.R.T. (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) and the G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association) You can find out more at http://www.friendsforevertaxidermy.com
Katie Innamorato is a Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in Residence. She has a BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz, has been featured on the hit TV show “Oddities,” and has had her work featured at La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles, California. She is self and professionally taught, and has won multiple first place ribbons and awards at the Garden State Taxidermy Association Competition. Her work is focussed on displaying the cyclical connection between life and death and growth and decomposition. Katie is a member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, and with all M.A.R.T. members she adheres to strict ethical guidelines when acquiring specimens and uses roadkill, scrap, and donated skins to create mounts.
Her website – http://www.afterlifeanatomy.com
Some technical notes:
We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.
All animals are disease free.
Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a somewhat strong constitution and maturity are necessary. We will be seeing meat. In this manner, a good taxidermist prides themselves on working cleanly!
In consideration of other students, please do not dissect carcasses in class. (You are welcome to take the carcass and dissect on your own, instruction can be provided)
All animals are ethically sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from 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.
**Current discounts do not apply to guest instructor workshops.
Hello! Hey, part of nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s website is moving to a new host- please bare with us during what we hope to be a painless transition or at least, relatively so. The reason behind this move (we love you WP, honest!) is Square integration and ditching Paypal. As well as eventually ditching Etsy. Yep, you read that here first!
Buh bye, Etsy.
Our workshop and course page link will take you to http://nanopodstudio.weebly.com where you can buy a class seat and/or purchase items designed, created and hand-built at nanopod studio! All with your credit card, using the same system we use at the physical studio, which is: SquareUp.
Meanwhile, we are still up and running wild here at WP while the DNS goddesses help us move it on over.
Here is what’s going on at nanoHQ in downtown TO:
Casual Taxidermy is back in Toronto at nanopod: Hybrid Studio July 11th & 12th! Seating is limited and spots fill up fast so, buy your seat today! Clicking on the link opens a new page.
Summer into Fall classes! (already, I know…)
Metal 2: Etching– Anodizing- Casting
Tuesday evenings starting July 14th (1 space available!)
9 weeks, 1 evening per week
$430pp 3 student minimum, 6 student max. Deposit of half down required to hold space & secure materials* or pay in Full up front.
4 week Metal + Glass: Next course starts up Monday, August 10th or September 14th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register through link above)
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” – Pablo Picasso
OCCAM’S RAZOR: Art, Science and Aesthetics
At Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
984 Queen st. West. Toronto ON M6J 1H1
April 2 – 20, 2014
At the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
May 3 to June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday April 3, 7-10pm Propeller Centre for Visual arts.
These entwined ideas – which underlie Occam’s Razor – form a thread that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam’s Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal, are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and experiments. With reference to Occam’s Razor, the interdisciplinary discourse presented in this exhibition by Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre, seeks to narrow the cultural divide between Art and Science.
Sylvia Adamcik, Rahni Allan, Cecilia Basic, Kelly Bell, Karina Bergmans, Penny Leong Browne, Julia Buntaine, Linda Chen, Morgan Chivers, Nicole Clouston, Stephen Crosby, Kevin Dejewski, Andrew Drown, Gina Duque, Jayanne English and Willy LeMaitre , Andrew Godsalve, David Griffin, Leeann Janiessen, Gillian King, Julia Krolik, Ania Machudera, Harry Mackay, Jason McKay, Zsuzsa Monostory, Laurel Rath, Amy Rea and Chelsea Greenwell, Paul Roorda, Perin Rutonsha, Vjosana Shkurti, Morgan Skinner, Tosca Teran, Diane Tucker, Elaine Whittaker, Ron Wild, Ross Winter
Lecture at Propeller: Sunday April 13, 2:00pm (time TBC)
Title: Cosmos vs Canvas: Using Art to Reveal Science in Astronomy Public Outreach Images
Speaker: Dr. Jayanne English (Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Dept of Physics and Astronomy)
For more information visit: http://propellerctr.com/upcoming-exhibitions/occams-razor-art-science-and-aesthetics-april-2-20-2014
Occam’s Razor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454670058100414/