Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meddling With Nature Workshop April 26th

Meddling with Nature will present a DIY workshop focused on the Naturalist
perspective and the artistry of taxidermy. This intensive introduction will include
not only the procurement and preparation of specimens, but also previously
dissected specimens for participants to touch with their own hands and see with
their own eyes. Sketching and photography are encouraged!

Materials will be presented in an interactive manner, allowing participants to
engage directly with questions rather than waiting for a particular moment. Those
who wish to explore should be ready and willing to get their hands dirty!

Assistants will be on hand to help with instruction, allowing those more interested
in studio time to explore organ systems and anatomy should something pique
their interest on the other side of the room.

The workshop entails 4 hours of participatory activities on preservation methods
common to the natural history museum:
• Hands-on preservation of a fornasinius russus beetle
• Demo of skeletal cleaning and articulation
• Wet preservation, clearing/staining and plastination
• Ethically sourcing material and handling road kill
• Introduction to taxidermy

Cost: $45 per person; $30 for students. Class size limited to 30 people.

Location: Art Academy of Cincinnati, Main Auditorium

1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Register: Online at

CEU: AMI has approved this activity for 0.3 Art credits
About the Instructor: Jeremy Johnson is a trained taxidermist, skeletal
preparator, entomological collector and above all, a Naturalist true to the
spirit of the Victorian era. A graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy, he has
exhibited in several fine art shows, films, and given public dissections and
lectures. He and his team at Meddling with Nature believe that going to the
source is the best likely chance for successful illustration and display.

This looks like a great workshop! Who is in?


  1. Wow that sounds fantastic - you can count me in on that. Thanks for the information.

    1. Amy Bogard and I have both registered!