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Obscura Society DC: Birds 101 with Allis Markham

Join us for a two-day intensive class with award-winning taxidermist Allis Markham

For one special weekend, award-winning LA-based taxidermist Allis Markham will be joining us in the nation's capital for an exclusive two-day intensive "Birds 101" taxidermy class!

As the founder of Prey, her eco-friendly taxidermy studio, and one of the premiere taxidermist in the country, Allis Markham has been at the forefront of the taxidermy resurgence. Her career started under the tutelage of Master Taxidermist Tom Bovard at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and has since blossomed with her winning several awards and ribbons at the 2015 World Taxidermy Championships.

While running her private studio, Allis also teaches classes, works on commissioned pieces, and proudly holds a staff position at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She believes that no part of nature should go to waste. Her specimens are collected or purchased legally after natural or unavoidable death; these deaths are never related to the art. She strives to create taxidermy that is biologically accurate, structurally sound and preserved for all time.

The two-day class will take place at the Museum of Unnatural History, the storefront for 826 DC - a creative writing/tutoring center with chapters across the country. 

The class will take place over two days - Saturday, June 20th at 9:30 AM & Sunday, June 21st at 9:30 AM. Both days of class will be between 4 to 5 hours of hands-on instructions. Allis will be assisted by DC-native and accomplished scientific illustrator and taxidermist, Jennifer Hall

During the two-day class, students will:

Develop all the basic skills needed for bird taxidermy; Birds are a perfect way to start learning taxidermy because their skin does not require the tanning process.

- Learn museum quality techniques; skinning, fleshing, wiring, mounting and grooming.

- Work with European Starlings.

- Take home their very own mounted Starling they made in class!

All supplies, tools & specimens will be provided and are included in the class fee. 

DETAILS:

Location - The Museum of Unnatural History, 3233 14th St NW

Date - 6/20 at 9:30am & 6/21 9:30am

Cost - $300 

Class Size - 14 students

This class is very limited and tickets will go fast!

Any questions, please email matt@atlasobscura.comALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL.