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!
This is a professional-level taxidermy class using only top-quality specimens, tools, and supplies. Our space is a dedicated 1800 sqft working taxidermy studio servicing museums, nature centers, and institutions around the country. You will not find another class like this in the world.
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.
Low-Income Spots Available. Prey Taxidermy strives to make taxidermy more approachable, inclusive and diverse. As such, we have saved two spots in this class for students who may require assistance. Please follow the link and read the eligibility requirements carefully. Birds 101 Assistance Sign Up
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.
** Please review our 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 72 hours before class and make us aware of positive results in order to avoid a last minute cancellation.