Ukrainian Eggs – Pysanky, a form of folk art
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 3:30 PM
This class would teach the basics of making Ukrainian Eggs. Which is a wax resist process similar to Batik. Starting with a bit of the History behind the eggs and then the process.
The start of spring means that Easter is on the horizon, which for many people means one thing—it’s time to start decorating eggs. But did you know that in Ukraine, Easter egg decorating is an important art form that dates back centuries? Known as pysanky, these Ukrainian Easter eggs are decorated using the wax-resist (batik) method. Covered in stunning motifs often taken from Slavic folk art, you’ll also find these decorated eggs in many parts of eastern Europe.
Making these eggs involves a multi-layered wax and dye process. The eggs are covered with hand-drawn designs, then wax is continually added, and the egg is continuously dipped in different colors to achieve the desired design. Once dry, the beeswax is melted off with a candle, revealing the colorful pattern. Pysanky are then varnished to preserve them before being displayed on special stands.
Each participant will leave the class with finished eggs and a kit with the equipment to make more eggs at home.
For those interested I will have a few other supplies for sale.
Adults (at least 16 years old)
Instructor: Jane Bangsberg
$40 – General Public
$35 – Pump House Members
(A $3.50 convenience/handling fee will be added at check out)