The Art Of Taxidermy: Insect Preservation

DateJanuary 06 2022
Time10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LocationWA Museum Boola BardipPerth

Explore the fascinating world of taxidermy and be part of a new generation leading a resurgence of this centuries-old craft! The practice of taxidermy began in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries as a means of preserving specimens collected by world-travelling explorers. Often, these specimens would become part of a rich collector’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’, bringing a dash of wonder and mystery to viewers who knew nothing of the far reaches of the world. Create your own dash of wonder with our local expert as they guide you through the processes of rehydration, pinning and mounting techniques for insects, before creating your own stick insect taxidermy specimen.

During this workshop, participants will:
– Learn how to rehydrate, pin and mount specimens
– Leave with two pinned specimens
– Successfully taxidermy a stick insect

The following items will be provided:
– Pins
– Polystyrene mounts
– Tools
– Safety glasses
– Protective aprons
– Latex free gloves

Previous entomology or insect knowledge not required! This is a facilitated school holiday drop and leave program recommended for children aged 13 to 16 years old at WA Museum Boola Bardip.

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