SEATTLE - Entomology Workshop - Make a Deposit ($150 Total)


SEATTLE - Entomology Workshop - Make a Deposit ($150 Total)


Learn to prepare three different kinds of insects for display: a Lepidopteran (butterfly or moth), a beetle, and a cicada - with no experience necessary! Advance registration required. Read more below!

The next entomology workshops in Seattle are taking place at the Seattle Central Library on January 12, 2019. Classroom details will be emailed to individual students to prevent random people from walking in on the day of the class.

Each session is a separate, all-inclusive class and you do not need to sign up for more than one session unless you really want to.

  • Saturday, January 12th from 10:30 am to 12 pm

  • Saturday, January 12th from 12:30 pm to 3 pm

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About the class:
You will be guided through the process of rehydrating insects, preparing them, and spreading them for display. There will be a demonstration on inserting specimens into shadow boxes so you can learn the process of creating your final displays at home as well. One student’s name will be drawn from a hat after the demo for each class and they will get to take the finished shadow box home with them.

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 (butterfly or moth, large beetle, large cicada) ready for drying, plus all tools and equipment used - 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 the Seattle Central Library, located at 1000 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Garage parking is available. Click here for details on parking your car or bicycle. The week prior to the class date, directions to find our classroom and other pertinent information will be emailed to the address you provide at checkout. The class will last approximately 1.5 hours but may finish early depending on how many students sign up.

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 so that I can get everything in order.

To sign up and reserve your spot or sign up someone as a gift, 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 fee of $90 per ticket. I will pay your sales tax if you register before October 14th. Your registration is not complete and your spot is not reserved until you have submitted payment and received an email receipt.

  • $60 in cash will be due on the day of the class. If you are giving this class as a gift and prefer to pay in full now, please email BEFORE checking out on this page.

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

Due to the time-sensitive nature of the process, students arriving more than fifteen minutes late are asked to call ahead so we know when to expect you. My phone number will be sent to students at the same time as the classroom information.

I will accommodate late arrivals to the best of our ability. Please keep in mind that late students are not guaranteed to finish their projects during designated class time. In the event that this happens, those late students will receive instructions and materials to finish their projects at home.