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Pysanky Workshop

April 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session 1

Members $35, Not-yet-members $45.
Limited to 14 participants per session.

Members-only registration opens February 1; non-member registration opens on February 8. Please register by April 9.



Pysanky (pee-san-key) are decorated eggs with traditional folk motifs and designs created using a wax-resist method. Students in this workshop will learn how to draw on a whole plain white chicken egg with a special pen (kistka) and melted wax, then dye the egg with special dyes. The drawing and dyeing are repeated several times as each layer of the design is applied. The egg’s interior is removed and a ribbon is added.

Workshop leader Hanka Robertson was born in Slovenia and learned to make pysanky as a child. She was taught by her mother, who was born and raised in the former Czechoslovakia, where pysanky eggs were an annual Easter tradition.

The workshop fee includes admission to the Museum, all supplies, a short history of pysanky, instructions on the process and how to care for the completed eggs, motifs and designs for inspiration, and a container to take the decorated eggs home. Students are also invited to attend an exclusive gallery talk on the history of decorative Easter eggs and view examples from the Museum's contextual collection with Museum Registrar Laura Garrity-Arquitt.

Open to participants ages 8 and up (children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult).

$35 – $45