Workshop is being held at: 239 College St, Toronto • Toronto Public Library – Lillian H. Smith Library. Closest major intersection College Street and Spadina Ave.
In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.
As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.
Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Wooden spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.
Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase. ** Insects for this workshop might include Leaf insects, Stick insects, Mantis, Horned beetles, Hawk Moths, etc., rest assured there will be an amazing selection to choose from (participants can choose 2 insects to work on)!
Pre-workshop lecture and demonstration can be attended for $20 per ADULT, $5 per child (10-18). Lecture/demo fee can be added towards either of the full workshops offered! Full workshop includes 2 insects (a variety to choose from!) one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.
Other unusual insects will be available for purchase before and after the workshops! Tea, coffee and water will be available during class. Lecture/Demo and workshops are taking place off-site at 1101 Bloor Street West at the Toronto Public Library Bloor/Gladstone branch.
Adult tickets (lecture only):