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Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Workshop

Saturday, October 5  |  9:30 am – 5:00 pm

$150 for non-members 
$125 for ADKX members

(Includes Weekend Program admission for Sunday events only. Tickets for Curious Creatures Masquerade must be purchased separately)

Spaces are limited for the program and workshops; advance registration with payment is required. Please call 518-352-7311, ext. 116 or email ccampeau@theadkx.org for more information (or for workshop-only registration).

Anthropomorphic taxidermy–a practice in which animals are posed as if engaged in human activities–was an art form made famous by Victorian taxidermist and museologist Walter Potter. In this class, students will learn to create–from start to finish–anthropomorphic animals inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Mr. Potter. Your final project might take the form of a bespectacled, whiskey-swilling, top hat tipping mouse; or perhaps a rodent mermaid queen of the burlesque world. With some props and some artful styling, your mouse can become whatever or whomever you want; this is the joy of anthropomorphic taxidermy. For students who would prefer to create a naturalistic mount, anatomy, reference, and all other necessary nuances will be covered. No skills in taxidermy are needed for this class.

Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.

Technical notes:

  • We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
  • Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.
  • All animals are disease free.
  • All animals are sustainably sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from the feeder/pet food industry, the by-product of abatement work, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.
  • Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

A unique combination of science and style, Divya Anantharaman is New York City’s premiere taxidermist. An award-winning licensed professional preserving animals with honor and compassion, she recently took second place in the Professional division at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships, and is the coauthor of the book “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy.” Her specialties are birds, small mammals, and anatomic anomalies. She left the world of corporate fashion to pursue her love of natural history as the resident taxidermist at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, and has built a following creating taxidermy, skeletal, and entomology displays, along with jewelry and wearable art, for anyone who finds wonder in the natural world. She is a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists. Her clients include museums, art galleries, and private collectors, though she really enjoys demystifying taxidermy for newbies through workshops and lectures. In her commitment to conservation, she regularly works with various organizations like the Audubon Society and volunteers as a rescuer/rehabber. All animal parts are legally and sustainably obtained.

Daisy Tainton, contributor to the Crap Taxidermy book by Kat Su, is known for her work with insects but participates every year in the Alternative Taxidermy Competition in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown in galleries in LA, NYC, and Phoenix AZ. 

She worked at the American Museum of Natural History for over a decade, handling grosser stuff than you can even imagine, and honing her skills with small dead animals. 

Credit card payment is due at time of registration. Please be aware that the program and workshops require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration. Museum staff will notify any registered participants by September 3 if any portion of the weekend events are cancelled. Refunds will be issued at time of cancellation.

To cancel your registration, please notify the Adirondack Experience no later than September 3rd to receive a full refund. After September 4th, refund amounts will be limited to 50% of the registration cost.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after September 17th.