Collections: Taxidermy, Workshops

Taxidermy Rat Workshop Ticket - July 9, 2022

Purchase tickets to the July 9, 2022 taxidermy rat class here. Please be sure to provide your name and email address at checkout so we can email you updates about the class.

**Please note you will NOT receive a physical ticket in the mail. Your online purchase confirmation will act as your ticket and we will have you on the class list for the day. 

Please reach out to us via or through the contact page with any questions. 

Date: July 9, 2022

Cost: $185

Time: 12-6

Location: Darkwood House Gallery, 10918 E Winner Road, Independence, MO 64052

Join us for a fun afternoon learning the art of taxidermy with local Taxidermist Simone Smith. This beginner’s class covers all of the basics of small mammal taxidermy. All materials for the class will be provided including an ethically obtained rat that students will work on from start to finish to learn the process of skinning, preserving the flesh, building a form, mounting and posing the rat, and finishing techniques. Students will leave at the end of the day with their very own taxidermied rat and the knowledge to continue to create future mounts. 

This is a beginner’s class, no experience required. 

A  base will be provided to display your rat on, or bring your own if desired. You decide how to pose your rat - mount a natural lifelike rat or in anthropomorphic style using human-like poses and fun props. Students are encouraged to bring any props they may want to use with their mount. 

No dangerous chemicals are used in this class

Gloves will be provided, students may want to bring an apron if desired 

A notebook, pen, and camera are recommended for taking notes

The rats are disease-free and are not killed for the purpose of this class. 

The rats are provided, please don’t bring any dead (or live) animals to class. 

This class is 18+

We will be covering the entire process from start to finish including skinning the animal, gore is minimal but this class may not be for everyone. 

Please feel free to bring a drink and snack since this is a 6-hour class.  There will be opportunities for breaks and there are several restaurants nearby if you'd like to grab lunch.

There are no refunds however if you should not be able to attend for whatever reason, please email us at ASAP so we can assist you.