CHICAGO - Entomology (Insect) Workshop - Make a Deposit ($150 Total)

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CHICAGO - Entomology (Insect) Workshop - Make a Deposit ($150 Total)


Learn to prepare three different kinds of insects for display: a lepidopteran (butterfly or moth), a large beetle, and an empress cicada - with no experience necessary! Read more below!

The next entomology workshops in Chicago are taking place on these dates. Each date is a separate, all-inclusive class.

  • Sunday, March 31st from 1-3 pm

All photos are mine with the exception of the empress cicada, which is being used courtesy of my supplier.

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About the class:
You will be guided through the process of rehydrating insects, preparing them and spreading them for display, and you will receive a finished cicada to put into a shadowbox so you can learn the process of creating your final displays at home as well.

All specimens are sustainably sourced. Workshops are taught by award-winning licensed taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis.

What do students leave with? 
Each student will leave with three finished pinned insects ready for drying. Students get to keep all tools and equipment - you will receive spreading boards and insect pins for future projects in addition to lots of knowledge and your own finished specimens.

What is the cost?
Tuition is a total of $150, which includes instruction, supplies, and specimens to keep as well as aftercare instructions. You will pay a $90 deposit now to reserve your spot and $60 in cash on the day of your class.

What do I need to bring?
Please prepare for the class by wearing closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have ANY animal allergies please prepare by taking allergy medication, as you may be allergic to your specimen. Short fingernails are recommended. Keep in mind that if you choose to have long nails, it is more likely that you will ruin your specimen(s). Bring a bag or box to carry your supplies and finished specimens home in. Please do not bring food or drink unless it is required for a medical condition, since we are working in a library.

Can I give this class as a gift?
Absolutely! I can even create a gift card for you that you can print out and give to the recipient, free of charge. Just send me an email with the information you want on it. This class is timed PERFECTLY for giving during the holidays!

Other information: 
This class will be taking place at my private home in the Logan Square neighborhood Chicago, accessible by the Fullerton bus. Ample street parking is available free of charge. The week prior to the class date, the address and any other pertinent information will be emailed to the address you provide. The class will last two hours.

All ages are welcome to participate in these classes. Students under twelve must be accompanied by a calm adult that can assist where needed. Students with special needs are also welcome - just let me know beforehand if you are signing a minor up for the class and/or if special accommodations are required.

To sign up and reserve your spot, please follow these instructions:

  • Add your desired class to your cart.

  • Fill out the form that pops up. You will need to provide a name, email address, and phone number.

  • Each student needs to have a separate form filled out. If you are giving a ticket to the class as a gift, please provide the student’s information rather that your own.

  • When you are finished adding the desired tickets to your cart, proceed to checkout and pay your deposit fee of $150 per ticket. Your registration is not complete and your spot is not reserved until you have submitted payment.

Terms and conditions:
Tuition is nonrefundable unless the class gets cancelled by the teacher. If you make a payment but find you can no longer attend the class, you may forfeit your payment or transfer it to another person if you desire. Please notify me of any transfers or ask any questions you may have by emailing Late arrivals to class (more than ten minutes) are not permitted.

Discount codes (if you have been given one) can be applied to your deposit and you will still owe a full $60 cash on the day of your class.