Mickey Alice Kwapis

taxidermy & craft

CLASS RULES

  • Please arrive on time. Anyone more than fifteen minutes late for any reason will not be permitted to observe or participate. I understand that emergencies happen, but it is unfair to (a) make the entire class wait to get started or (b) get everyone started and then force them to sit there while I try to get latecomers caught up. Partial class credit (for future classes) may be issued in the event of an actual emergency at the discretion of both the class venue and the class instructor.
  • Cell phones are permitted during class provided that they are on silent. Please wait to text or use social media when we are on class breaks. You may take photos with with your phone or camera without limitation. Physical notebooks are discouraged, as they get in the way and there is no way to sanitize them.
  • Be prepared to take instructions from the teacher and any assistants. Listening is key and at times, you may feel like a kindergartener because the same instruction has to be repeated many times. An easy way to avoid this is following directions the first time they are given. For some steps of the process, one example will be shown to the entire class. For other steps of the process (i.e. the cutting of some body parts), you will be shown the step up close on your own specimen and asked to repeat it.
  • Dress comfortably in “play clothes” and bring a lint roller if you desire. Closed-toed shoes are a must - no sandals or other open-toed styles of footwear are permitted. Black clothing is not recommended.
  • Long fingernails are ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED. It does not matter whether they are natural or acrylic or made of hippogriff talons - anyone with very long fingernails (let’s say more than 5 mm longer than the edge of your finger) or pointy “dagger” nails is guaranteed to have a difficult time and there is not time to provide additional assistance to anyone struggling for vanity reasons. Students with long fingernails will not be able to spread the fur, skin limbs, strip the tail, properly work around the ears and eyes, and cannot flesh the skin which results in rotting. In addition, chemicals used in the process will get stuck under your nails causing extreme discomfort and in some cases, skin damage to the edge of the nail bed.
  • Depending on the venue, you may be asked to sign a basic safety release and a non-compete agreement. This is a safeguard against legal action and prevents flooding of the taxidermy market with “teachers” who have received no extensive professional taxidermy training. Students who refuse these waivers will not be permitted to observe or participate.
  • Please do not bring a "buddy" with you "just to watch" the class. Unless you are a minor or a person with a disability or other special need, additional people without tickets will be asked to leave.

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