with Divya Anantharaman of Gotham Taxidermy
2:00PM — 4:00PM
Learn about the basics of butterfly preparation from NYC’s premiere and award-winning taxidermist. In this beginners class, students will discuss harvesting and drying found specimens, rehydrating dried specimens as well as practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, posing, display, and maintenance. A variety of sustainably sourced butterflies are provided. Learn how to assemble your own rehydration chamber, and how to ensure a clean and successful end product from start-to-finish. You will work individually with a specimen and spreading boards to create your own natural history artifact. As always, all specimen are sustainably sourced. We discuss how to ethically and legally source specimen from reputable suppliers.
Students take home their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, a display case, an extra specimen to work on at home, and the knowledge to create future pieces. Bring a small bag or box to transport your pieces. Children under 18 years old must have adult supervision. @gotham_taxidermy