In this workshop, beginners will be introduced to professional techniques used in classic bird taxidermy. The birds used in this class are European starlings, considered an invasive species, but beautiful nonetheless. This intensive class will be extremely hands-on, covering everything from proper skinning, fleshing, degreasing/washing, and grooming and fluffing downs, to the dynamics of sculpting bird bodies, dealing with bird necks, cleaning and wiring bones, and preserving or re-attaching feet.
In this beginner’s class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation and preservation-choose to work on a beautiful beetle or gorgeous butterfly. Great for kids and adults! Students will select from a variety of responsibly sourced specimens (there will be plenty of each specimen so there will be something unique for everyone). 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.