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JACKALOPE WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY!

Ladies, Gentlemen, Terrestrials extra & odd! Nanopod: Hybrid Studio is offering a giveaway towards Katie Inamorato’s amazing Jackalope Shoulder Mount workshop! This workshop is taking place Saturday evening, August 27th. Here’s your chance to learn from a highly skilled, professional artist-taxidermist. Do not miss out on this opportunity!

Jackalopes are fierce creatures! Roaming the Southwestern United States. Their horns rumoured to contain magical powers, their gaze causing hallucinations.

This giveaway is for 1 Seat in our upcoming August 27th workshop. 

JACKALOPE WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY! In order for your name to be added to the list* Follow us on Instagram @nanopodstudio • leave a comment on our last post and Follow (@Afterlifeanatomy, @Bloodyberrylicious & @RueMorgue)  Then SHARE (regram) the Jackalope Giveaway info to any of the following: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter • Make sure to include the following tags and hashtags with your post/regram:  @nanopodstudio #taxidermy #toronto #Jackalope • for your chance to win!

*names will be entered into a Random Name Picker
May the odds be ever in your favour!

MAKER Festival Guest Artist Workshops

The Studio is holding special guest artist workshops and
an 8 day Young Artist Metal + Glass Camp during Maker Fest!
June 15 thru July 17

Register for the full 8 days & save OR register for individual classes!

Register for the Metal + Glass events through our Eventbrite links below!

Young Artist Metal + Glass 8 day Camp! June 20th to June 29th 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. Further details here: Eventbrite - Metal + Glass Young Artist Camp
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Young Artist Day Camp: Ring Bands, June 21st noon-3pm $85pp
Learn how to properly measure for your finger, handsaw, anneal Sterling silver, add texture with hammers, steel stamps, or Rolling mill. Form, solder and finish to matte or high polish and leave this workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring band!
All materials included: Sterling for 1 ring band. No experience necessary! Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels
Eventbrite - Young Artist day camp: Ring Bands


fusingYoung Artist Day Camp: Glass Fusing, June 22nd noon-3pm $70pp
Small field trip to the near-by Bickford park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves,etc. Back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Or make a Robot portrait or a Selfie, in glass! Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces and 2 pendants. Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels
Eventbrite - Young Artist Day Camp: Glass Fusing

 


frontSleepy Clay Creatures, Saturday June 25th 1:00pm-2:00pm, $15pp
In this hour long workshop with maker Wei (aka Honey Thistle) you will learn the basics of working with polymer clay, and sculpt a sleepy pal to jazz up that ol’ keyring. This workshop will walk through all the steps necessary in producing a small clay creature, and share tips and tricks that will help you create other polymer clay thingamabobs in the future. Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels.
Eventbrite - Sleepy Clay Creatures


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Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink, Saturday June 25th 3:00-6:00pm – $85pp

In this 3 hour workshop with printmaker (and scientist) Ele Willoughby, you’ll learn how to carve your own Lino block print, how thermochromic pigments work and make your own temperature-sensitive prints. We provide the necessary tools/equipment; carving tools, ink rollers (brayers), plates, ink, paper and fabric to print on, and two small linoleum blocks.
If you have a special image you would like to use – please bring it to the workshop. You are welcome to bring any additional specialty papers you would like to print on. Recommended for anyone over the age of ten, and all skill levels.
Eventbrite - Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink


Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink, Sunday June 26th noon-3:00pm – $85pp
In this 3 hour workshop with printmaker (and scientist) Ele Willoughby, you’ll learn how to carve your own Lino block print, how thermochromic pigments work and make your own temperature-sensitive prints. We provide the necessary tools/equipment; carving tools, ink rollers (brayers), plates, ink, paper and fabric to print on, and two small linoleum blocks.
If you have a special image you would like to use – please bring it to the workshop. You are welcome to bring any additional specialty papers you would like to print on. Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels.
Eventbrite - Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink


Young Artist Metal + Glass 8 day Camp! July 4th to July 13th 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. Further details here:
Eventbrite - Young Artist Metal + Glass Camp


B821933520Z.1_20150504175857_000_GN21FGR9M.2_GalleryCasual Taxidermy- Anthropomorphic Rats, 2 dates to choose from, Saturday July 16 or Sunday July 17th, noon to 5pm $200pp An intensive hands-on lesson where participants transform a deceased rat into a unique and enduring art object. Guest artist instructor Teta Kixa leads people through the basic techniques of properly skinning, and preserving a rat. Limited seating, reserve your seat today! custombutton

 

 

 

 


 

Please email the studio with any questions you may have concerning these workshops!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

New Workshops & Courses listed for March and April

 

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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
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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.

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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
Wax
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

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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.

Materials included:

•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

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Intermediate & Advanced soldering

Tips, tricks and technique! Weekend intensive workshop
Friday evening April 1st intro 6:30-8pm, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3rd, 9th & 10th – pricing options below. 
-Working with silver solder coupons students will learn sweat soldering, joint soldering, pick soldering
and working with silver solder in wire form.
-Working with a little propane/oxy torch and a larger Hoke torch
– Constructing a hollow-form ring with stakes, hammers and bezel setting a large cab
To cover all of the various soldering techniques/grades students will construct a hollow-form
ring. Large oval or round cabochon stones will be set. Multiple stone settings are optional.
Each day runs 5 hours in length.
Students have the option of coming in to work on their project (lots of sawing!) during Open Studio on Tuesday and Thursday evening between the course.

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?

What’s included:
Flux
Titanium pick
paper
instruction
Student’s need to supply (see pricing options below) :
3”x3” 16 or 18 gauge sheet (for hollow-rings)
silver solder 1/4 oz coupons & 1/2oz wire:
hard
medium
easy
Large oval (within 40x25x6mm) or round (within 30mm), high-dome cabochon

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.

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Full monty $380pp

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.

 

 

 

 

 



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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!
Sterling silver pendant backs and special glass adhesive are included. No experience necessary! btn_buynowCC_BLK


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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