Rat Taxidermy Workshop - April 22nd - Registration CLOSED

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Rat Taxidermy Workshop - April 22nd - Registration CLOSED


Learn how to mount your very own rat! Sign up for a rat taxidermy workshop with absolutely no experience necessary — learn about skinning, fleshing, cleaning, fluffing, and mounting mammal specimens for display. These classes are limited to only four students. The next rat taxidermy workshop is taking place on Sunday, April 22nd from noon to 4 pm. Read more below!

This listing is for a DEPOSIT. $100 holds your spot and you must bring $100 in cash the day of the class. If you would like to pay in full now please email hello@mickeyalicekwapis.com.

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What will students learn?
You will be provided with a thawed rat specimen and will learn the whole taxidermy process from start to finish! You will learn about skinning, fleshing, cleaning, wrapping bodies, carving heads, finishing work, and will be given a PDF guide to the entire process for future projects. 

About the class:
All specimens are sustainably sourced. Workshops are taught by award-winning licensed taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis.

What do students leave with? 
Each student will leave with a finished pinned rat mount ready for drying and will be emailed a PDF guide on the process for future reference.

What is the cost?
Tuition is $200, which includes instruction, supplies, and a specimen to keep as well as aftercare instructions and a PDF guide to the process.

What do I need to bring?
Please prepare for the class by wearing closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have ANY animal allergies please prepare by taking allergy medication, as you may be allergic to your specimen. Short fingernails are recommended. Keep in mind that if you choose to have long nails, it is more likely that you will ruin your specimen. Bring a bag or box to carry your rat home in, and bring any accessories or clothing you would like to add to your specimen as well. Please do not bring food or drink unless it is required for a medical condition.

Other information: 
This class will be taking place at my private home in the Logan Square neighborhood Chicago, accessible by the Fullerton bus. Ample street parking is available free of charge. The week prior to the class date, the address and any other pertinent information will be emailed to the address you provide. The class will last approximately four hours.

All ages are welcome to participate in these classes. Students under twelve must be accompanied by a calm adult that can assist where needed. Students with special needs are also welcome - just let me know beforehand if you are signing a minor up for the class and/or if special accommodations are required.

To sign up and reserve your spot, please follow these instructions:

  • Add your desired class to your cart.
  • Fill out the form that pops up. You will need to provide a name, email address, and phone number.
  • Each student needs to have a separate form filled out. If you are giving a ticket to the class as a gift, please provide the student’s information rather that your own.
  • When you are finished adding the desired tickets to your cart, proceed to checkout and pay your deposit fee of $100 per ticket. Your registration is not complete and your spot is not reserved until you have submitted payment.
  • You will be sent a reminder to bring your $100 remainder on the day of your class.

Terms and conditions:
Tuition is nonrefundable unless the class gets cancelled by the teacher. If you make a payment but find you can no longer attend the class, you may forfeit your payment or transfer it to another person if you desire. Please notify me of any transfers or ask any questions you may have by emailing hello@mickeyalicekwapis.com. Late arrivals to class (more than ten minutes) are not permitted.