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22. Community "Let's Write a Pysanka" Beginner Workshop - Nadia Gennings - Saturday July 20th - 3:30 - 5:30pm

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The Pysanka Workshop is for those who have little to no experience with this ancient Ukrainian tradition. You will learn the process and how to use the tools (kistka, wax, dyes) to create traditional pysanka designs.

Class Outline:

  • At each table will be the following tools for making pysanky: Kistka, kistka holder, wax melting pot, paper plate, pencil, bees wax, vinegar, paper towel, handouts,
  • Participants are invited to look at various beginner pysanky which have been made using a wax-resistant method.
  • Handouts will be distributed showing basic divisions and examples of pysanky. Short discussion will follow explaining significance of designs, colours and motifs. Safety precautions will be stressed.
  • Eggs will be distributed, and instructions given to start. Participants will have time to explore and try writing the designs on a clean white chicken egg with melted beeswax.
  • Aniline dyes are provided to dip their pysanky into various vibrant colours - yellow, blue, red, green, black.
  • Information about the history, meanings of the colors and symbols in this Ukrainian art will be shared during the workshop.
  • Participants should be able to complete at least one pysanka.

Students will learn:

  • The history and symbolism of Ukrainian pysanky
  • How to properly hold an egg and control the kistka and flowing wax.
  • The process from start to finish of making a pysanka – white egg, dye progression from yellow to orange to red to black. Other colours (blue, pink, purple) will also be available.

Recommended number of participants:between 15 and 20

About Nadia:

Nadia is a self-taught pysankarka who has been immersed in the traditional Ukrainian art of egg decorating since she was just nine years old. Her Ukrainian heritage serves as the cornerstone of her passion, influencing her journey into the world of pysankarstvo. This dedication has seen her create intricate works of art for many years, honing her skills and developing a deep appreciation for this unique craft.

In addition to creating these beautiful pieces, Nadia has a strong commitment to sharing her knowledge. She has taught numerous night school classes, inspiring others to explore the art of pysanky. Even with her extensive experience, Nadia continues to push the boundaries of her craft, constantly experimenting with different forms and teaching herself new techniques. Her journey serves as an inspiration, showcasing the power of passion and cultural heritage in artistic expression.