Pysanky Eggs: Traditional Ukranian Egg Decorating

Join island artist Kat Rose for this special spring egg decorating class!

Pysanky is the traditional Ukrainian folk art of decorating eggs using a wax-resist method. The word "pysanky" comes from the Ukrainian verb "pysaty," meaning "to write." The designs on the eggs are created by drawing lines of wax on the eggshell with a special tool called a "kistka," then dyeing the egg in a series of colors. The wax prevents the dye from reaching the parts of the egg covered by wax, so when the wax is later removed, a multicolored pattern is revealed on the eggshell.

Pysanky is more than just a craft - it is a deeply spiritual and magical practice with pagan roots. Many people believe that the eggs have the power to protect and bring good fortune. During this 4-hour class in making Pysanky, students will learn the traditional techniques and symbols used in the art form, as well as the folklore and mythology surrounding it.

About Kat: Kat learned to write pysanky at the age of four from her Baba (Grandmother) who immigrated to the US from Austria-Hungary. She has taught others to “do eggs” in Pittsburgh, LA, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Friday Harbor. Kat attended Northlake and East Shore UU. Retired from a high-tech career, she now lives on San Juan Island. When not writing pysanky, she spends her time in her clay studio making chalices for UU’s or working her organic garden to grow for the food bank.

Kat is generously donating her time to teach this class. Because of this donation, all proceeds raised in this class go towards fundraising for Alchemy. We are so grateful for Kat!

Tuition assistance is available for Alchemy classes and workshops if finances are a barrier. Apply for tuition assistance here.

Starts: March 26, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Admission: $75 - Tuition Assistance Available

Location: Alchemy Art Center
1255 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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