Kansas City Cabinet of Curiosities Workshop - July 8th - Make A Deposit ($150 Total)

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Kansas City Cabinet of Curiosities Workshop - July 8th - Make A Deposit ($150 Total)


Start your own natural history collection the DIY way! Sign up for a specimen preservation class with absolutely no experience necessary — learn about entomology (insects), botany (plants), and a little bit of taxidermy by preserving your own specimens. These classes are limited to only eight students. The next Cabinet of Curiosities workshop at Oracle in Kansas City is taking place on Sunday, July 8th from 12 pm to 2 pm. Read more below!

This listing is for a DEPOSIT. $50 holds your spot and you must bring $100 in cash the day of the class. If you would like to pay in full now please email hello@mickeyalicekwapis.com.

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What will students learn?

  • Wet specimen embalming: Learn how to carefully embalm, pose, and preserve a jarred bird specimen AND small mammal specimen. All specimens are legal to possess and were sustainably sourced, meaning their deaths were not detrimental to the environment. Specimens for embalming practice are unsuitable for taxidermy mounting (they may be missing a few toes) but rather than being thrown out out, they will be used for educational purposes.
  • Botany: Learn how to press and dry flowers and plant matter for display. Use dried flowers for artwork, to decorate a gift you are giving, press them into handmade paper, frame them, or keep them tucked into a book for a surprise on a rainy day.
  • Osteology: Learn how to dissect an owl pellet and identify the types of bones inside. You will receive instructions on how to clean the bones as well as information about other bone-cleaning methods.

About the class:
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 a finished embalmed bird specimen in a jar, a finished embalmed mammal specimen in a jar, a plant press with foliage inside ready to dry, and a jar of small animal bones. Students get to keep all tools and equipment - you will receive embalming tools and spare chemicals for future wet specimen projects, and a high-quality handmade wooden plant press to keep, and a bone pick and a jar for bone storage in addition to lots of knowledge and your own finished specimens.

What is the cost?
Tuition is $150, which includes instruction, supplies, and specimens to keep as well as aftercare instructions.

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.

Other information: 
This class will be taking place at Oracle, located at 130 W 18th St in Kansas City, Missouri. The zip code is 64108. Ample street parking is available free of charge. The week prior to the class date, a reminder about your payment balance will be emailed to you. The class will last approximately 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 like a certain type of chair 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 as well as a preference between a mammal or a bird for the wet specimen.
  • 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 $50 per ticket. Your registration is not complete and your spot is not reserved until you have submitted payment.
  • You will be sent a reminder to bring your $100 remainder on the day of your class.

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 hello@mickeyalicekwapis.com. Late arrivals to class (more than ten minutes) are not permitted.