An introduction into the art of taxidermy will be given at the start of the day, including how to skin, clean, preserve and mount the specimen. All of the specimens have been responsibly sourced (nothing has been killed for the purpose of taxidermy, their deaths are not related to this art) The class includes the lesson, the specimen you will be working with (a rodent-large mouse) and all the supplies, including sculpting tools, mannequin forms and even some anthropomorphic accessories to decorate or dress up your mouse if you wish to do so! Glass domes will also be available for purchase at the class for £20. The end result will be a beautiful specimen that will be mounted on a small base as a souvenir of your visit.
Sherene is a professionally trained and licensed taxidermist based in Newcastle upon Tyne and has been a contributing member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists since 2010. She has taught the art of ethical taxidermy to beginners for 6 years. All of the animals used in her classes have been responsibly sourced as a result of road kill, natural death, injury, sickness, or remains of the food chain. Sherene is also a qualified Youth worker, and enjoys teaching a wide variety of students. She received her BA honours degree in Fine Artist back in 2013, along with becoming the director of Moth Studios Limited. She has been recognised as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs of the North East, and her taxidermy work has been featured and broadcasted on ITV, BBC One, newspapers and in many luxury bridal magazines.
Vegan & non vegan sweets/cakes
A taxidermy studio filled with artistic pieces of taxidermy and entomology that are for sale and/or for hire. You will find skilful works in progress, along with other creative artworks such as illustrations, natural history collections, and flower preservation. The studio and its works have appeared on TV dramas on BBC One, ITV and in publications such a Rock n Roll Bride, Living North, The chronicle and Buzzfeed for being such an unusual place.
This workshop is for complete beginners. Ages 11+ welcome but those under the ages of 18 years will need to be accompanied by an adult. No video or audio footage is to be taken in the class. Photographs are allowed.
Beginners taxidermy class