Beginner Entomology Workshop at the Rare Trades Centre

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Learn the art of butterfly and moth preservation with Jason Penfold.

Jason Penfold will introduce you to the world of butterfly and moth preservation in this full-day Beginner Entomology workshop. This class is designed to give you the fundamental knowledge and practical skills needed to preserve butterflies and moths to a museum standard. 

You will pin and take home four unique specimens complete with a shadow box to display your specimens from the class.  You will also go home with basic Entomology tools to help you continue your practice at home. 

Choosing from a curated collection of A1 quality butterflies and moths, you’ll be shown how to rapidly rehydrate your specimens, before pinning, posing and displaying them in a traditional entomology display.

Through clear demonstrations and group tuitions, you’ll be taught how to handle entomology equipment, how to construct pinning boards and how to easily pin specimens. All methods are taught so that they’re easily replicated at home, ensuring your entomology journey continues well after the class. 

Held at Ballarat’s Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades, a world-class facility dedicated to learning and preserving Australia’s rare arts and trades through a series of workshops, masterclasses, events, and residencies.

Content: Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades

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  • Sat 20 Jul

9:30am–5pm

Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350

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$330 per person


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Accessibility Information

  • Actively welcomes people with access needs.

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