Rat Skeleton Articulation Class
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About the Event
In our class, students will learn how to create a zoological display of a real rat skeleton (Rattus) placed inside a glass dome. Referencing 19th century taxidermy models and new contemporary methods, students will gain hands-on practice with the treatments of fragile bones, through various procedures and techniques, and incorporate found objects into a modern skeleton taxidermy display. Each student is supplied with a partially articulated rat skeleton, 10” glass dome with wooden base, various dried flora, and building materials. Each class member leaves with a finished and polished piece for home, science lab or memento. Students are encouraged to bring materials of their own to incorporate into their display. The class touches base on: animal anatomy, mixed media sculpture, found objects assemblage, prop styling and composition. Our class will also focus on the history of skeletal articulation and the applications of taxidermy found in contemporary art discourse.
The admission fee is $200 per person, all material fees included. Class is limited to 10 students. Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.
About the Instructor
A.J. Sapala is a sculptor and fabricator living and working in NYC. Over the past decade he has served over 25 companies with expertise in sculpture, mold-making, painting, set design, and prop styling, including several years as an experienced taxidermist at The Evolution Store. Other clients include HBO, NIKE, VICE, Bednark, Puppet Kitchen, and The Sol LeWitt Foundation.