Remember making shadow boxes in school and creating odd, tiny worlds straight from your weirdo kid imagination? Let your tweenage Goth flag fly and try your hand at it again, this time with insects.
Picture this: beetles drinking cups of tea, dancing with each other in Victorian clothing, reading a book in their bedroom on the fainting couch. Observatory arts space in Brooklyn is hosting a special Halloween edition Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox workshop, taught by Daisy Tainton, Former Senior Insect Preparator at the American Museum of Natural History. Here are the details:
“In this class, students will work with Rhinoceros beetles: nature’s tiny giants. Each student will learn to make–and leave with their own!–shadowbox dioramas featuring carefully positioned beetles doing nearly anything you can imagine. Beetles and shadowboxes are provided, and an assortment of miniature furniture, foods, and other props will be available to decorate your habitat. Students need bring nothing, though are encouraged to bring along dollhouse props if they have a particular vision for their final piece;1:12 scale work best.”
Observatory art space has all kinds of macabre instruction including an upcoming workshop on Sugar Skull decorating and lectures on everything from A History of Ectoplasm to a discussion of Repo! the Genetic Opera and dystopian biofictions.
Try your hand, and who knows, you might be the next Quay brother in the making.