Training/Workshops

Taxidermy Training ***PLEASE NOTE*** We are currently only offering replica training to those wishing to join our team of replica finishers/painters. Please email Marty for more information if interested. Some artistic ability/experience is required.

Why would I want to learn to paint fish replicas? Painting fish replicas can be a very rewarding hobby and a fantastic way to use your artistic talents to earn extra income!  A perfect fit for retirees, freelance artists or Art teachers looking for summer employment in our busier season and/or part time work year round. It’s great part-time income with an excellent hourly wage.  Work from home and you control how much work you wish to do each month. Or skip a month if you wish! With minimal space needed, low up-front costs and a flexible schedule!  Why not consider becoming one of our Fish Artists and work independently from your home painting fish replicas?

Our Instructors:

Any training program is only as good as its instructors. At Fish Specialties Taxidermy we offer two training locations and two proven, experienced instructors who also happen to be two of the best fish taxidermists in the industry! With our training courses you’ll learn 1 on 1 from either Marty Shimkus or Doug Petrousek with courses custom tailored to your needs. Doug has trained hundreds of students, (including Marty) in the Art of Fish Taxidermy. Marty has done his fair share of teaching and earned his Secondary Teaching Degree in Art and Education from Cornell College ’85. We believe individual, hands-on training with full attention from a qualified instructor is the best way to learn. Our 1 on 1 approach maximizes the use of your time, giving you the best possible learning environment and bang for your buck. We teach all levels of experience, from beginners to those with fish taxidermy experience simply looking to up their game!

Career Opportunities with Fish Specialties – What about after training?

If you have the right stuff, why not consider becoming one of our Fish Specialties Fish Artists/Taxidermists? We’re always looking for new talent. Artists interested in learning the Art of Fish Taxidermy and/or painting Fish Replicas, being their own boss and running their own part-time business from their homes. Or, supporting our online replica team part-time. If this sounds like something that you may be interested in and you have an artistic background, feel free to send your resume’ and brief explanation of why you’d like to join our team!