Wax Moth Workshop - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Wax Moth Workshop

$250 per person
Up to 15 people
Moths in flight.
Moths assemble!
All the parts coming together.
Materials for the workshop.
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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. Heather has developed a unique technique for creating delicate butterfly and moth specimens from wax materials and will share her process in this event. You will be guided through the creation of beautiful Emperor and Sheep moth specimens, learning the basics of working with wax through melting, casting, and hand painting. The finished moths are then mounted under glass cloches. No previous artistic experience is required for this workshop, and all are welcome! All tools and supplies will be provided.


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 diving 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 over 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 and is currently writing a book on the history and art of wax flowers.

What Else You Should Know

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 are included as part of the workshop. 

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