Écorché Snake Workshop - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Écorché Snake Workshop

$250 per person
Up to 15 people
The mold before painting.
A finished écorché snake head.
Detail work on the écorché.
Finished snake head.
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$250 per person
Los Angeles, California
What We’ll Do

Join Atlas Obscura, Oddities Flea Market and artist Heather O'Shaughnessy for a special workshop, part of our Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts two-day event curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn. 

Learn the delicate craft of creating creatures from beeswax in this unique workshop. An écorché (French translation: “flayed,” or “skinned”) is an anatomical figure depicting an animal or human with the skin removed to show the location and interplay of the muscles. Heather has developed a unique technique for creating delicate écorché specimens in wax and will share her process in this workshop. You will be guided through the process of creating an écorché snake’s head out of beeswax, using molds taken from one of her original sculptures, to cast reliefs from melted wax. Your creation will then be carved, painted, mounted, and framed. 


This event is one in a series of workshops, presented by Atlas Obscura in partnership with The Oddities Flea Market, that celebrates unique artists and their passion for interesting crafts. The event is a chance to spend part or all of the weekend leaping into the deep end to explore your creativity in unexpected ways. In addition to Wax Anatomy Sessions, there are workshops in Small Creature Taxidermy with Amber Maykut, Victorian-inspired Perfumery with Lacey Walker from Seance Perfumes, Cat Skeleton Articulation with Ryan Cohn, Octopus Taxidermy with ScientificWoman, and special portrait sittings with famed photographer Karen Jerzyk. 

About Your Host
Heather O'Shaughnessy
Heather O'Shaughnessy

Heather O’Shaughnessy is an American artist currently working out of St. Louis, Missouri. She has been working with beeswax for more than 12 years and exhibits her wax relief sculptures internationally. In addition to her sculpture work, she also teaches workshops in porcelain sculpture, wax relief sculpture, and wax flower making. She is currently writing a book on the history and art of wax flowers.

What Else You Should Know

No previous artistic experience is required for this workshop, and all are welcome!

Students must arrive 20 minutes prior to the start time.

Attendees will receive additional information regarding location and parking about 48 hrs before the event. Make sure to check your spam folder if you do not see any message.

Questions? Email Carlyle Coash at carlyle.coash@atlasobscura.com.

Group Size

There are 15 spots available on this experience.

What We’ll Provide

All materials and tool are included as part of the workshop.

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