Amazing 2016 workshops in store! Gift certificates available!

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 Anantharam of Friends Forever Taxidermy

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!
IMG_3720Friday 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.



 

11002636_796141830460188_776623749082526998_n_701d37ac-eb5d-4874-a850-d90387233a0f_1024x1024Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp
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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. 



Sunday, March 13th; noon to 7pm Squirrel mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate
Limited class size of 8 people, $440pp
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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.



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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

logoKatie 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.



October workshops at nanopod studio, Toronto

Special October classes and courses. 

BUGS {beginning Entomology} EVENING CLASS $70pp 
6:30pm-10pm, October 23rd –

In this class 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. 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. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Display cases for finished butterflies will be provided

Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, an extra butterfly for practice, 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.

 

 

BIRD Taxidermy weekend $380CADpp (1 space left!)
Saturday and Sunday Oct 24th-25th, noon to 6pm both days. Class size limited to 8  – NO experience necessary!

In this intensive 2 day workshop, we will cover all the basics of beginners taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.

Please note-

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)

IMG_3723All animals are sourced humanely and according to the instructors code of ethics- nothing was killed for the sole purpose this class.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

Minors under 18 are allowed in class with the supervision of a parent/guardian over 18. The parent/guardian does not need to participate or buy an extra ticket if they are only there to supervise.

 Purchase your ticket soon, 1 seat remaining Oct 15th!

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Metal-  Chain chain chainssss, hinges, gold fused onto silver (keum-bo), settings, working with bronze & silver clay. 1 evening per week, starts up Tuesday, October 27th 6:30-9:30pm 9 weeks –     3 student minimum, 6 student max. $380pp   (3 spots remaining!) NO experience necessary!

Screenshot 2015-09-05 11.50.34Step it up! Make your own handmade chains, construct a hinged locket/box. Fuse gold to silver. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs/drusy with Sterling hand-cut bezels. Demonstrations of how to construct rolo, cable chain, woven, and weaving over armatures. Participants will also learn how to construct their own closures, and locking mechanisms. Applying gold to fine silver/sterling silver: participants will add texture to silver via hammers and fuse 24k gold foil onto their designs through Keum-bo. Basic prong settings for faceted stones and cabs and working with bronze clay and silver clay.
Materials included:
•Bronze & Silver clay
•Sterling plate 3″x3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire (15′ of 19gauge, 6′ half-round 12gauge)
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
•23.5k gold foil for Keum-bo process

Student supplied:
•Druzy, crystal cluster or other unusual cut cabochon for sterling bezel setting
•Saw blades: Purchase good saw blades along with Bur life cutting lube. Recommended blades:  2/0-4/0
•High speed steel drill bits: Choose drill bits that fit with your saw blades. This class is geared towards absolute beginners to intermediate goldsmiths and silversmiths and creative individuals! 🙂

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Halloween Taxidermy Toronto Classes

BIRD Taxidermy weekend $380CADpp (3 spaces left!)
Saturday and Sunday Oct 24th-25th, noon to 6pm both days. Class size limited to 8  – NO experience necessary!

In this intensive 2 day workshop, we will cover all the basics of beginners taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.

DAY 1 of the workshop 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. The cleaned skins will be labeled with the student names and stored. Tracings, measurements, and patterns will be made from the carcass in preparation for day 2. Students can choose to take their carcass home for dissection or creating a wet specimen (instructions will be provided).

IMG_3721DAY 2 of the workshop will be all about reconstruction. Students will custom build a body form, based on the anatomical tracings they made on day 1, using the traditional technique of wrapped body. We will cover how to create a stable armature for the finished bird 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. After the bird is assembled, students will be able to mount their bird on a real skull or branch, and customize the mount as they desire. With the cleaned skulls as reference, we will also discuss a number of methods for bone cleaning and assembly, and how to prepare natural materials, such as plants and branches, for use in taxidermy.

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 can 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.



Beginning Entomology – EVENING CLASS $70pp 

6:30pm-10pm, October 23rd – Class size limited to 12 

In this class, students will learn everything about basic butterfly 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 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. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Display cases for finished butterflies will be provided

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted butterflies 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 butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, an extra butterfly for practice, 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.

 

 



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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

Please note-

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)

IMG_3723All animals are sourced humanely and according to the instructors code of ethics- nothing was killed for the sole purpose this class.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

Minors under 18 are allowed in class with the supervision of a parent/guardian over 18. The parent/guardian does not need to participate or buy an extra ticket if they are only there to supervise.

 

Purchase your ticket soon, spaces fill fast!

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*Please note: Because of the advance costs of bringing in a guest artist, tuition fees cannot be refunded or credited towards another class or workshop. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

 



Casual Taxidermy with Teta Kixa (check out her Press video here)cropped-header1

Upcoming Toronto Dates:  

OCTOBER 10 & 11
NOVEMBER 14 & 15
DECEMBER 12 & 13

RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY  (Halloween costume sidekick!)

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
You will be guided through the steps of skinning, stuffing, posing, and pinning your specimen. At the end of the day, you will come away with a figure that is set to begin its curing process.

WHAT WILL YOU GET?
You will be provided with a kit that includes:

  • rubber gloves
  • a rat specimen
  • scalpel
  • bead eyes
  • stitching materials
  • pins,
  • and all supplies and the help required to create a finished taxidermic rat.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
No special equipment or supplies are required of participants.
Although the process is less messy than you might think, it’s advisable to wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you won’t mind getting a bit dirty.
We will provide some supplies for posing, but you may want to bring props and accessories. (Note that an adult rat is about the size of a Barbie doll, but with a more realistic waistline. Keep this in mind when choosing furniture or props.)

THE DAY
Skinning and stuffing
Basic hide skinning techniques as related to rats.
During this time, we will go through sourcing, skinning, stuffing and stitching up your new rat.
Break
Take a break, or continue working on your piece, it’s your choice.
Posing, Pinning and Final Touches
We will go through positioning and pinning, drying times and proper care of your new rat. You will have some time to work on posing.

 

Amazing Fall line-up: workshops & courses in Toronto

It’s back to school time! This Fall nanopod studio has some amazing workshops taking place, with amazing guest artist-instructors!

CASUAL TAXIDERMY @nanopod: Hybrid Studio
SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
OCTOBER 10, 2015
OCTOBER 11 12, 2015

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WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
No special equipment or supplies are required of participants.
Although the process is less messy than you might think, it’s advisable to wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you won’t mind getting a bit dirty.
We will provide some supplies for posing (fabrics and basic hand-sewing supplies), you may want to bring props and accessories for your finished product. (Note that an adult rat is about the size of a Barbie doll, but with a more realistic waistline. Keep this in mind when choosing furniture or props for your piece.) Reserve your seat today!



Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, September 14th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below, 2 spots remaining) Other start dates: October 19th or November 16th 2015 – January 4th 2016.
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting  – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
Half down required to hold space $142.50

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

Deposit of half down required to hold space. Registrants will be invoiced prior to first evening of course.

What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Wax
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
1 oz of Sterling silver casting grain
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment

What participants need to supply:
Half face respirator or particulate mask
Cabochon stone or fossil, crystal
Sterling silver sheet for bezel setting (optional)
Apron (optional- available for use at studio)
Safety glasses (optional- available for use at studio)

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Glass Fusing & Ring band workshop

Saturday October 17th, 11am to 2:30pm
Sunday October 18th, 11am to 5pm

$225pp Includes ALL materials

Glass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass!
Saturday: Learn how to cut various glass shapes, paint glass, work with powdered glass and stringers
How to properly build your glass pieces for fusing.
Annealing cycles are discussed and journaled as well as Slumping, Tack fusing temperatures and other kiln forming techniques.
Sunday: Items are taken out of the kiln/annealer and cleaned, cold working is demonstrated with the diamond saw, and simple hand-cold working methods.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
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IMG_20130823_200719Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course
4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon – 5:30/6pm, Fall course start of November 7th– 5 Student max., 3 student min. $430 includes all materials. This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces; to grind, sand, and cut glass.                                     Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting and Pate de Verre.    Participants create recycled glass tiles, pate de verre objects, lost wax cast sculptures and more.    All materials included.                      No experience necessary! 

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Morbid Anatomy Museum back in Toronto

Special October evening & weekend workshops on the way!

Divya is back in TO October 23rd through 25th with new classes! PLUS- prices are in CAD 🙂

nanopod studio is hosting an evening Bug Class & 2 day Birds Weekend!

BUGS EVENING CLASS $70pp 

In this class, students will learn everything about basic butterfly 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 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. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Display cases for finished butterflies will be provided

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted butterflies 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 butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, an extra butterfly for practice, 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.

 

 

 

BIRDS WEEKEND $380CADpp

In this intensive 2 day workshop, we will cover all the basics of beginners taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.

DAY 1 of the workshop 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. The cleaned skins will be labeled with the student names and stored. Tracings, measurements, and patterns will be made from the carcass in preparation for day 2. Students can choose to take their carcass home for dissection or creating a wet specimen (instructions will be provided).

IMG_3721DAY 2 of the workshop will be all about reconstruction. Students will custom build a body form, based on the anatomical tracings they made on day 1, using the traditional technique of wrapped body. We will cover how to create a stable armature for the finished bird 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. After the bird is assembled, students will be able to mount their bird on a real skull or branch, and customize the mount as they desire. With the cleaned skulls as reference, we will also discuss a number of methods for bone cleaning and assembly, and how to prepare natural materials, such as plants and branches, for use in taxidermy.

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 can 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.

divya 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

Please note-

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)

IMG_3723All animals are sourced humanely and according to the instructors code of ethics- nothing was killed for the sole purpose this class.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

Minors under 18 are allowed in class with the supervision of a parent/guardian over 18. The parent/guardian does not need to participate or buy an extra ticket if they are only there to supervise.

 

 

 

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Metal & Glass classes in Toronto

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.

what our Weebly looks like
what our Weebly looks like

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:

cropped-header1Casual 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!)
6:30-10pm 
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.

 

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!

Register here 

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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!

Register today!
June Metal + Glass Camp

 

 

July/August Metal + Glass Camp

Morbid Anatomy in Toronto: Taxidermy Workshops

 MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM’S RESIDENT TAXIDERMIST,

Divya Anantharaman is coming to nanopod: Hybrid Studio this April!

BIRD TAXIDERMY CLASSApril 11th 2015 is SOLD OUT
12pm to 6pm $300pp
This class is an introduction to the finer details of bird taxidermy, good for both beginners, and those with previous experience! Students will learn everything they need to know to create their very own finished piece of bird taxidermy using a quail or fancy pigeon. This class covers everything from start (raw specimen) to finish (preserved piece) and equips students with the knowledge they need to create their own pieces in the future. Ticket price includes all tools and materials for use in class, including a selection of props, accessories, and bases. Students can choose an anthropomorphic or naturalistic mount. All animals are ethically sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are all legally obtained discards from the feeder/pet food industry, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.  For further information, and to purchase your tickets please, visit: http://quail.splashthat.com

TWO HEADED CHICK TAXIDERMY

April 12, 2015, 12pm – 6pm $225pp

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 or contact Divya: http://twoheadedchick.splashthat.com

DIY Holiday Workshops in Toronto

Shop local this holiday season! Heck! Shop local year round and support small artist-run businesses.

Plus, workshops make great gifts in that they keep on giving! 

 

Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

 

Ring band workshops 1-4pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Saturday, December 6  This is perfect for newly engaged folks, birthday parties and bachelorettes!

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.

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Fall leaves; glass, pate de verre

 

Pate de Verre ornaments, adornments, objects! noon to 5pm Saturday, December 13th (6 student max, 3 student min) Register today! $110pp ALL materials included.

Working with glass powders students can make feathers, leaves, various shapes and designs. Create gifts for the holidays, ornaments, jewelry, sculptures. This workshop is a great introduction to pâte de verre, which uses granules of glass to create sculptural forms. Students will make clay models and plaster/silca moulds that will then be painted/packed with glass. Pâte de verre methods and design options are demonstrated. 2 to 3 items are produced.

Student pieces will then be kiln-dried and back-filled if necessary prior to a final firing.

Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. Students will then book a time to come in, de-mold and lightly cold-work their pieces. This step generally takes 1-2hrs. btn_buynowCC_BLK

 

 

[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]
[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]

8 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, January 5th 2015   (2 spots remaining)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.                                             $100 deposit necessary to hold space.

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 ourFAQ’s check out some past student work! btn_buynowCC_BLK

 

 

gift_cert24Gift certificates for the Holidays! Buy them for friends, family or yourself 😉 Purchase full class tuition or whatever amount you like!