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Fantastical Beasts & Where to Make Them!

Mythological Fantastical Beast!
Mythological Fantastical Beast!

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

In this intensive workshop, we will cover all the basics of taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy with Bantam Chickens. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class will be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.
 The first half of the afternoon will focus on deconstruction. After a review of basic bird anatomy, with a focus on skeletal structure, muscle groupings, and identifying feather growth patterns, students will use this knowledge to approach their specimen. After getting comfortable with the tools to be used, we will cover the skinning techniques unique to birds, learn how to work with delicate skin, how to repair holes if any are made, and how to clean wing and leg bones in preparation for assembly. Students will also learn the importance of thoroughly fleshing and degreasing/washing, with tips on how to ensure a skin is totally clean in order for preservatives to work effectively. Tracings, measurements, and patterns will be made from the carcass. Students can choose to take their carcass home for dissection or creating a wet specimen (instructions will be provided).
The second half of the workshop is all about constructing your Gaffs; Mythological bird or Dino-bird. Students will custom build a body form, based on the anatomical tracings they made as well as working with pre-tanned small mammal/bird hides (rabbit, squirrel, pigeon, etc)., using the traditional technique of wrapped body. We will cover how to create a stable armature for the finished gaffs when wiring the wings and legs. Students will also learn how to sew for taxidermy, with a focus on smooth and hidden stitches. We will also cover grooming, carding, and drying techniques based on the finished pose desired.
Antlers, glass eyes, and horns will be available for students to customize. Small sterling silver, and bronze crowns, claws, cast crystal antlers/horns will be available for purchase. Students are encouraged to bring in their own items; armour, clothing, saddles, etc., for their mythological or Dino-bird.
Reference photos for finished standing, sitting, and flying poses will be provided for use and inspiration in class via tablet or smartphone, although students are encouraged to bring their own. Instructions for care and maintenance will be given, and students will be instructed on how to do final finishing work after the mount dries, such as sculpting eye rings and airbrushing.

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.

Spring & Summer Workshops in Toronto @nanopodstudio

 MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM’S RESIDENT TAXIDERMIST,

Divya Anantharaman is coming to nanopod: Hybrid Studio Spring 2015

 

TWO HEADED CHICK TAXIDERMY 

April 12, 2015, 12pm – 6pm 

From Victorian curiosity cabinets to Coney Island sideshows, gaff making has held it’s place in history, and our hearts. This class will teach students of all levels everything they need to know about proper taxidermy technique for very delicate specimen like chicks. We will go over the details that make a gaff truly convincing-or comical! Students are encouraged to get creative. Having been commissioned to work on natural oddities (like two faced or ‘Janus’ kittens) and supernatural freaks (many conjoined chick gaffs), the instructor will draw upon her experience to help students create memorable mounts.

Students will learn everything involved in the production of a fully finished taxidermy mount, including initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, fleshing, and dry preservation. Forms will be built using the tried and true traditional method of wrapped body, and various techniques will be presented for attaching the second head, with techniques that make a gaff seamless. Once properly preserved, the chicks can be posed and outfitted as the student desires. Although a selection of props and accessories will be provided by the instructor, students are also welcome to bring their own accessories and bases; all other materials will supplied. 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.

For further information, and to purchase your tickets please, visit: http://twoheadedchick.splashthat.com

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This diorama was created during the January session at nanopod studio

Casual Taxidermy; The Art of Skinning a Rat – April workshops have almost sold out! Reserve your seat now!  A lesson in amateur taxidermy with Teta Kika

Join us for an 8-hour intensive hands-on lesson, in which you will transform a deceased rat into a unique and enduring art object.

Workshop dates to choose from, $250pp Please email to reserve your space today!

Choose from: Noon to 6pm, April 18, 2015 or April 19, 2015  or Sunday, May 3rd noon to 6pm

Reserve your seat today! This link takes you to Teta Kika’s web page where you can choose your date and sign up!

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Spring into Summer 2015 workshops and courses

4 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, May 25th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below) Spaces fill fast! subscribe to get on our mailing list. Email to be wait listed.
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.

evening #1:First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.

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, Brass or Gold.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)

evening #5:NEW: Glass Casting- basic/simple mould making and casting a glass object to use in your jewelry!

evening #6: bezel settings and tab setting for cabochon stones and your glass work. Clean-up glass & metal castings

evening #7:Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.

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 check out some past student work!

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Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course
4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon-5:30/6pm, May 30th start-up  – 5 Student max., 3 student min. $585 includes all materials.This workshop is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass and properly build moulds. Using the lost wax casting process, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces, and use the nano ‘cold-shop’ to grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting glass!

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Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 3.10.29 PMRing band workshops 1-4pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Saturday, May, 23rd  This is perfect for newly engaged folks. Take the class together and learn to make your own custom wedding bands! In this class you’ll be introduced to simple goldsmithing skills of sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, safety, and design. By the end of class you will have a beautiful handmade Sterling silver ring! Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add texture to metal using different hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, feather or paper. How to anneal Sterling silver, form, solder, and finishing techniques from hyper shiny bling to a brushed, matte finish. All materials included! {Sterling silver for 1 ring band} NO experience necessary.btn_buynow_LG

 

 

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METAL + GLASS CAMP
10am to 2pm Monday thru Friday
June 15th to June 26th
July 27th to August 7th
$575 includes all materials, selection of stones and fossils for setting, wax, saw blades, glass, and more!

6 student max, 3 student minimum to run. Ages 13 on up are welcome! Deposit of half down required to hold space. remaining amount due the 1st day of camp.

This ‘camp’ covers many aspects of metal-smithing and working with cast glass objects. Participants receive copper for FOLD forming, sawing/fabrication, enamel on copper, riveting (Sterling silver will be available for purchase towards more elaborate projects, though not mandatory) Cuttlefish bone ring band casting, lost wax casting of glass, learn how to cold connect and simple prong/tab settings for your glass castings or pick from our fossil collection and turn that into a pendant! Participants leave with a new set of skills, and 5 to 6 pieces created by hand. No experience necessary!

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July/August Metal + Glass Camp