In this beginners class, students will learn everything about basic butterfly preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of sustainably sourced butterflies in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Simple display cases for finished butterflies will be provided.
As always, all specimen are legally and sustainably sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted butterflies used in class, how students can source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.
Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, display case for the finished piece, an extra butterfly to prepare at home, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.
It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.
Divya Anantharaman is an award winning professional taxidermist who spends her free time volunteering with various wildlife conservation efforts. She is a former taxidermist in residence at the (now closed) Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, and author of “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy”. Her clients include museums, art galleries, and private collectors.