Traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs)
Instructor: Lidiia Olszowy
For many people it is an Easter egg decorated using a method similar to batik, but for Ukrainians it’s more than just a pretty egg. The Ukrainian pysanka (from the word pysaty (verb) /to write/) was believed to possess an enormous power not only in the egg itself, which harbored the beginning of life, but also in the symbolic designs and colors which were written upon the egg in a unique manner for centuries. The intricately colored eggs were used in every part of life – various social and religious occasions – and were considered to be a talisman and protector against evil, as well as harbingers of good, as well as a letter to someone.
This class is set up for people with different skills levels. From beginners who have little or no experience in writing pysanky to experienced artists who are interested in learning this unique language and technique.
It is much more than that! Ukrainians have been decorating eggs and creating these miniature jewels for countless generations. There is a ritualistic element involved, magical thinking and a calling out to the Universe or God – for health, fertility, love, protection, new beginnings, changes in your life and wealth.
Join us for this lesson to learn the history and meanings behind this ancient language of colors and symbols. All materials would be provided during the workshop part of this class.
The length of the class depends on message and design that you choose to create, and may last from 3 to 7 hours. Currently this class is set up for adults only. Family classes will be offered in the future. Please note that we will be working with hot wax and dyes, so dress accordingly. If you would like to proceed writing pysanky on your own time you may purchase a kistka (hot wax pen) for yourself during the class for additional $13.
Date of the class: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time of the class: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (however, length of course depends on design you choose – minimum 3 hours, maximum 7)
Maximum number of students: 8
Minimum number of students: 4
Age range: 18 and up
Prerequisites: Minimum writing skills.
Location: The Folk School
Cost: $45 (members); $68 (non-members)
Materials fee: $10
To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration Form below and click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to the Payment page, where you can complete your registration through PayPal (or you may send a check by mail).
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