Oddities & Curiosities Expo
Oddities & Curiosities Expo
October 5Saturday @10:00AM 10:00 AMOregon Convention Center - Portland, ORSaturday Tickets
October 6Sunday @10:00AM 10:00 AMOregon Convention Center - Portland, ORSunday Tickets
Taxidermy Class Hosted by Heather Clark of The Sleeping Sirens Arts and Oddities
Join us for an immersive and hands-on experience as we delve into the fascinating world of taxidermy in our introductory class!
In this engaging and informative workshop, students will have the unique opportunity to explore the art of taxidermy, gaining insights into the history, techniques, and ethical considerations behind this captivating art form. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an art lover, or simply curious about the process, this class is suitable for beginners and animal lovers of all backgrounds.
We'll start with a brief history of taxidermy and its evolution as an art form, highlighting its importance in preserving and appreciating the beauty of wildlife.
Learn the art of painting and detailing to bring your specimen to life, giving it a realistic and vibrant appearance.
Our class is designed to be a safe and respectful environment for both students and animals. We use ethically sourced specimens or ethically acquired materials to ensure that our taxidermy practices align with modern conservation values.
This introductory taxidermy class is perfect for individuals aged 18 and above who are interested in exploring a unique blend of art, science, and history.
Whether you're an aspiring taxidermist, an artist looking to expand your skills, or someone with a general curiosity about the craft, you'll find this class both enlightening and rewarding. (Individuals under the age of 18 are permitted to attend class on a case-by-case basis. Please send us an email for further information.)
We will provide all necessary materials, including a small animal specimen, for you to work on during the class. Participants are welcome to bring their own gloves and aprons if desired.
Butterfly Pinning and Preservation Workshop
Are you fascinated by the exquisite beauty of butterflies and wish to learn the art of preserving these delicate creatures? Join our Butterfly Pinning and Preservation Workshop, where you'll embark on a journey into the world of entomology and create stunning displays of preserved butterflies.
In this hands-on workshop, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of butterfly pinning techniques and preservation methods. Whether you're a beginner with no prior experience or an enthusiast looking to refine your skills, this class is designed to accommodate all levels of interest and expertise.
What You Will Learn:
Introduction to Entomology: Explore the fascinating world of insects and learn about the anatomy, life cycle, and diversity of butterflies.
Ethical Collection Practices:
Understand the importance of ethical and responsible butterfly collecting, including considerations for conservation and legality.
Master the delicate art of spreading butterfly wings, positioning them symmetrically, and securing them with insect pins.
Drying and Mounting:
Discover the drying and mounting process, including how to set butterflies in lifelike positions for display.
Explore various methods of mounting and displaying preserved butterflies, from traditional shadow boxes to modern artistic presentations.
Receive valuable tips on preserving the colors and condition of your specimens for long-term enjoyment.
- All necessary materials and tools, including a butterfly specimen for each participant.
- Spreading boards, pins, and other equipment for hands-on practice.
- Guidance and personalized instruction from experienced entomologists and butterfly preservation experts.
- Access to reference materials and resources for further learning.
Students will be provided with a total of 2 specimens. The first will be used to practice spreading and pinning your butterfly while the second, which is already dried, will be used for placement in your shadow box.
All students will leave with a completed shadow box terrarium that includes your mounted butterfly and an increased knowledge and love for entomology!
This workshop promotes ethical and responsible practices in butterfly preservation. All butterfly specimens used are sourced ethically, and participants are encouraged to respect legal and conservation guidelines when collecting or purchasing butterflies for their personal collections.
Unlock the secrets of butterfly preservation and bring the enchanting world of these winged wonders into your life. Join us for an unforgettable experience in our Butterfly Pinning and Preservation Workshop!