INSECTS, EMBALMING, and Botany, OH MY!

I am currently booking Cabinet of Curiosities classes on weekends in the spring of 2018. All that a host will need to provide is a well-lit indoor area with seating and workspace for eight to ten people (one or two folding tables and enough chairs usually does the trick), access to a regular freezer (for the small animals that will be embalmed, which take up a very small amount of space), and a restroom with a sink for students to wash their hands. There will be little to no cleanup and no bio-hazardous material, making it much like hosting an arts and crafts night.

Each student will learn to spread and pin a butterfly or moth, dissect an owl pellet, embalm a small animal for a jarred wet specimen, and press flowers and plants in their own handmade plant press. They get to keep their specimens AND all of the equipment at the end of the class. Hosts can choose to forgo any part of the class, i.e. we only teach one or two parts, and ticket prices may be adjusted accordingly. (A note to hosts outside of the Midwest: I must be able to supplement any change in pricing/removal of parts of the class by selling more tickets. Therefore, you must be willing to host additional sessions and market heavily if you choose to remove any section of the curriculum. I apologize for any inconvenience!) I share the burden of marketing with my hosts so that we can target people both locally and remotely through in-store advertising, word of mouth, and email and social media blasts.


In exchange for hosting a class, you will receive the following benefits:

MUSEUMS, SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

  • Negotiable profit share
  • Options for lectures, demonstrations, and other non-workshop events during my visit, free of charge

Any and all museums and schools (K-12 and higher ed.) are encouraged to make inquiries!

BUSINESS OWNERS

  • Tickets to classes you host OR profit share OR a combo of both, negotiated before confirming booking
  • Options for cocktail events and demonstrations offered to clients for small admission fee ($10-$20)

 

I am willing to teach in boutiques, studios, antique stores, etc. - just ask!


There are many lesson plans to choose from, all of which require no taxidermy experience whatsoever. I am also open to teaching taxidermy classes, of course, but this year my focus is on introducing new areas of study into my curriculum. If you would like to host a class or even a cocktail hour, please provide the following contact information.

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Don't have the resources to host a class yourself in a business or place of learning? Start asking around your friend groups, and in the meantime feel free to subscribe to my mailing list using the form below. Who knows, I just might end up in a city near you!

Mickey Alice Kwapis is a Chicago-based taxidermist and craftswoman.
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