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Entomology Butterfly pinning class workshop Melbourne Australia

Jason Penfold introduces you to the world of butterfly and moth preservation with the Beginner Entomology class. 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 4 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. 


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Beginner Entomology Butterfly class workshop Melbourne Australia

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. 


Jason articulates each specimen’s anatomy in great detail, educating students on correct handling methods to preserve the delicate structure of the specimens. The theory portion of the class is lightly interlaced throughout the day, ensuring it remains exciting, relevant and rewarding. 


Jason’s fine art background has assisted him in developing the Beginner Entomology class into an engaging experience, one that teaches students to work with specimens in a practical and dynamic way. You’ll leave the class with extensive skills in specimen preservation which, supported by anatomical knowledge and various methods of pinning, will allow you to create museum standard entomology displays at home.


​Each Violet Eyes Entomology class gives students exclusive access to Jason’s curated store, filled with natural history, entomology tools and a range of unique specimens. This selection aims to provide students with something unique so that students can start their own self-made museum.  


Everything from tool to specimen is provided and no prior experience is needed to attend. This class is a catered event with dishes revolving around fresh, seasonal produce.


Violet Eyes Entomology has an ongoing commitment to ensuring practices are ecological. All classes use sustainable and renewable resources wherever possible and Jason is committed to passing on these practices to you. 


Beginner Entomology Class Melbourne
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