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Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop - Melbourne

Beginner Rat

Over 20 people have attended this class


Rest in Pieces invites you to attend an introductory, hands-on workshop where you can explore the fascinating age-old practice of taxidermy. 

Rest in Pieces founder and taxidermist, Natalie Delaney-John, will share her knowledge of the dying arts so you can begin your journey into the art of taxidermy: taxis, meaning ‘arrangement’ and derma, meaning ‘skin’.

You don’t need to have any previous taxidermy experience to take part in this workshop. Nat will teach you basic rat anatomy while guiding you through the correct process of skinning, preserving and mounting your specimen.

There are different techniques used for mounting mammal and bird taxidermy. In this workshop, you will learn the technique of using polyurethane foam and wire to mount (recreate) the body of your rat.

At the end of the workshop, you will have created a beautiful piece of art that is full of character. Nat will show you how to pose your rat in a standing position. You are welcome to bring additional props to give your finished rat its own personality – at RIP we encourage creativity!

To end the day, we will help you mount your rat in a glass dome, so you can display your new specimen with confidence.

Everything will be supplied on the day including your rat, materials, an apron, lunch and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day. (Note, alcoholic beverages are only available for students 18+)

Not sure if our rodent friends are really your style? We also have a baby chick beginner taxidermy workshop.

Feeling inspired and want to continue working on your new taxidermy skills once you get home? When you register for the workshop you can book a take home kit in the merchandise section.

Workshop + kit contains:

  • A frozen rat to work on at home
  • A complete set of the same tools and materials used in the workshop (not including a glass dome)
  • A set of instructions so you can follow the same process used in the workshop

We also have other merchandise available to complement your take home kit such as glass domes and RIP aprons.

To make life easier, you have the option to choose instalment billing at checkout. We recommend booking early so your payments are spread out.

Please note:

  • If you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have checked-in luggage as the sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage.
  • Make sure to let us know about any dietary requirements when you register.
  • Unfortunately, our studio is not fully accessible for wheelchair users. Do you have other accessibility requirements? Please contact us before you register for any of our workshops to make sure we can make the necessary adjustments to give you a great experience.

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What you will learn

  • How to skin, flesh and preserve your specimen
  • The technique of using polyurethane foam to mount (recreate) the body
  • How to display your rat in a glass dome

What you will get

  • Your very own rat to work on and glass dome to mount it in at the end of the day
  • All the tools required for your taxidermy experience
  • Food and beverages

What to bring

  • Camera or camera phone
  • A strong tummy
  • A cushion (optional) as we will be sitting for long periods

What to wear

Dress in layers to suit a Warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 16 with a curious mind and love of science, animals or art.

Rest in Pieces

Vendor since 2015

Taxidermy - Taxis 'arrangement' + Derma 'skin'

Natalie Delaney-John has travelled far and wide to learn the art of taxidermy and has been mentored by some of the world's best and most awarded taxidermists. She is the proud founder of Rest in Pieces, which launched Australia's first taxidermy workshops, conducts talks, demonstrations and now sells DIY kits so that you can learn this beautiful art in the comfort of your own home.

Since 2016, the Rest in Pieces team has expanded further into the 'dying arts', offering new classes and workshops aimed at preserving and presenting natural specimens. 

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5.0 (9 reviews)
05 July 2021Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop - Melbourne
Wonderful experience with amazing people. If you're interested in taxidermy but aren't sure you have the know-how to complete a specimen, the step by step instructions are super easy to follow and help is available whenever you need it.
04 July 2021Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop - Melbourne
What a fabulous learning experience, so many details you just can't get from books. Excellent teacher and a very enjoyable day. Thank you RIP team
04 July 2021Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop - Melbourne
Oh man. This was probably the most unforgettable day I’m ever going to have. My little rat was called Lentil, and I had the best time getting to know him from the inside out! I thought I’d have trouble with the goriness of it, and I was a bit nervous going in, but Nat and Mel made it so much fun that curiosity won. It was fascinating and weird and cool and wonderful. I left the day with a very cute little lentil in his own glass dome, and I’m excited for him to one day be a family heirloom!
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Refund Policy

If you have purchased an item from us and it arrives damaged we will need photo evidence and the item returned. 

We will then refund you or ship you out a replacement. 

If you have booked a workshop ticket we understand that sometimes you just can't make a class. The best thing to do is to
contact us as soon as you can to let us know. If you give us 2 weeks notice, we can
offer to transfer you to the next scheduled class. This will incur a $10 admin fee.

If you need to cancel, with two weeks notice or more we will refund the full price of the
workshop, minus $50 booking fee, less than two weeks and we will refund 50% minus
$50 booking fee.

Unfortunately we wont be able to offer refunds for cancellations or transfers received
last minute - the day before the workshop or on the day of the workshop.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Rest in Pieces or organised by Rest in Pieces must agree to these terms and conditions:


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Rest in Pieces.


I agree to give Rest in Pieces unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Rest in Pieces classes and events or on Rest in Pieces' premises. (For use of Rest in Pieces marketing materials).


See refund section.


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit. Class cancellations may occur where necessary, for example where class bookings do not meet minimum numbers.

5.) COVID-19

Students agree not to attend classes if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if they have been advised to self-isolate in line with government restrictions. 

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