This class is recommended for both beginners and those with taxidermy experience looking to learn small bird taxidermy using museum techniques. Birds are a perfect way to start learning taxidermy because students can go from frozen to finished all in one class!
You'll learn the same techniques used by award-winning taxidermist, Allis Markham. Allis was trained at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and has a World Title from the World Taxidermy Championships. Her clients include multiple Natural History Museums around the country, The Smithsonian, The Getty Research Institute, and even brands such as Gucci.
Each student will learn proper museum-quality techniques; skinning, fleshing, wiring, body creation, mounting, posing and grooming their own bird to take home on a base. All supplies, tools & specimens will be provided by Prey for your classes. Students will also be given a PDF of detailed step-by-step instructions, supply lists, tools lists, and resources.
We will be working on European Starlings that were collected as nuisance animals.
Their deaths are not related to the art. These are an invasive species (not native to North America) and were taken as part of pest control. They eat crops and destroy the nests of native birds.
This is an intensive workshop, so be prepared to work and focus each day. The second day can go slightly over time depending on the students. We ask that this class be attended only by students 16 years of age or older-- though exceptions can be made under certain conditions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if so.
Location & Cancellations
LOCATION: The class will be held at the new Prey Taxidermy studio at 2684 Lacy St Los Angeles 90031. You will receive a confirmation email with a liability waiver and other information a few days before class.
** Class sign-up is like a concert ticket; only sign up if you can make it. Please review our strict cancellation policy. here**** Covid Policy: Prey follows all current CDC regulations/recommendations; as such, masks are currently optional. We advise strongly that students take a Covid test 48 hours before class and make us aware of positive results in order to avoid a day-of cancellation.