Pysanky Easter Eggs
Instructor: Andrea Kulish
Day & Date: Friday, March 15
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages: Adult (18 and up)
All levels are welcome. No experience required.
Students Please Bring:
- Note taking materials.
- Apron or clothes that can get dye on them.
- (Optional) A snack and/or water bottle. Filtered water is available in the classroom.
Make beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky. Learn the method of batik – also called wax-resist – dying. Become familiar with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols and their history. The designs are made with beeswax which is melted in the flame of a candle and applied to the egg using a tool called a kistka. The eggs are dipped into successively darker dyes. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal the beautiful and colorful design. You may use traditional patterns, or also freestyle and make up your own design. Pysanky are fun, relaxing, and meditative to create. The symbols used represent good wishes, so it is always the perfect time to create eggs with symbols wishing for good health, long life, strength, protection, and other good things.
All materials are included with a $15 PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop. *Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.
About the Instructor: Andrea creates pysanky using traditional Ukrainian patterns as well as her own modern designs. The creation of pysanky eggs is very personal and meaningful to her because it is a tradition her mom passed down to her starting when she was only five years old. For her, the making of the eggs is both a way of expressing her creativity, connecting with her late mother, who as an artist herself was a huge inspiration, and also a way to keep this Ukrainian folk tradition alive, a unique part in the mosaic of America’s varied cultural heritage. Andrea is very excited to share the making of pysanky eggs and does live demos and workshops for those who want to dive deeper into the pysanky egg making art form.