Title: Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy
Description: Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rat. Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.
From 09:00 to 14:00
The term taxidermy comes from Latin meaning ‘moving skin’. In this 6-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of preservation including how to skin and stuff a rat, and wire up its limbs.
Whether you’re a veteran of our Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy courses or a novice who fancies learning on something bigger than a mouse, Margot will take you step-by-step through the process to create an anthropomorphic (or naturalist) masterpiece.
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, nature or inanimate objects. Using miniature accessories, students will be encouraged to anthropomorphise their rats (though it’s by no means essential). Standing, sitting or sleeping, holding a small pipe or book, adorned with a top hat or a tricorn, you will be assisted to transform your rat into a fun parody of human life.
About the Course Leader
Margot Magpie is a member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists. Based in London, she teaches both anthropomorphic and standard taxidermy (of a wide variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters) across the UK. Her work has appeared on tour with musicians Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer, and on display in the Science Museum. Margot is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and frequently comments on taxidermy in the media (she has recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi). She blogs about her thoughts and experiences at ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com.
The course costs £65. This is a beginners course so you don’t need to bring anything with you, all chemicals and equipment are provided.
Should you wish to do more taxidermy, we will have starter kits including all the equipment (with the exception of rodents) you need available for purchase on the day.
At the end of the course you will leave with your very own anthropomorphic taxidermy rat. Refreshments are provided.
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