Butterfly Preservation Class with Greg
In this beginners class, students will learn everything about basic butterfly 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 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. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Simple display cases for finished butterflies will be provided.
As always, all specimens are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted butterflies used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimens, and suggested, reputable suppliers. If there are any excess specimens left, they will be available for students to take home for practice and future use.
Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, display case for the finished piece, an extra butterfly to work on at home, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.