The introduction to this actual real-life course being taught in New York City, that people are really taking, states: "The one-day workshop, which teaches students how to stuff dead mice and pose them up as if they were humans, is becoming a popular pastime in New York." That is correct, fellow New Yorker, you can now take that mouse that has been invading your box of Kashi Puffs and stuff it like a trophy after you kill it. But you might want to avoid the classic snap trap in this case? Let's turn to the experts at Morbid Anatomy (we visited their mummification class last year), where they describe the four-hour long process in more detail:
An educator and tattoo artist, Sue Jeiven begins the four-hour lesson handing out the lifeless little creatures, having sucked out their blood with a syringe beforehand. A statement on the class website warns only feeder mice are used for the arts and crafts session.
Aha, so you can't B.Y.O.Mouse, fine... but last year we were told that "the materials are found already deceased," so maybe you can talk them into it. But why would anyone even want to do this?
The practice of mounting and displaying taxidermied animals as if they were humans or engaged in human activities, has a long and storied history, beginning with the most privileged classes. It was a popular art form during the Victorian and Edwardian eras; the best known practitioner of the art form being British taxidermist Walter Potter, whose works included The Kitten Wedding and The Kitten Tea Party, which the mind immediately wants to imagine.