The Art Of Pysanky (Ukranian Eggs)
Sunday March 18th 9:30-12pm
Cost: 35.00 per person
This workshop at Colorest is a unique opportunity to learn a skill that is traditionally passed down by the Matriarch of the family to their children in Ukraine. Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian eggs, is a folk tradition that is both art and prayer. The method is similar to batik - patterns are drawn on the egg with hot beeswax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Finally, the wax is removed to reveal the colors that were covered up at each stage. The finished product, with its intricate designs and symbols, does not suggest the meditative process involved. A great deal of patience and concentration is required to complete a single egg, but it is very rewarding to reveal your hard work when the wax is taken off. All skill levels and ages can create an original pysanka. You will leave with a beautiful egg at the end of the session.
This tutorial will cover the history and traditions surrounding Pysanky, how to make your own egg, and an independent practice session. The instructor will provide a variety of eggs, many hard-to-find traditional and non- traditional colored dyes, and tools. Please bring a container or old egg carton. ages 12+
The instructor, Jenny Santa Maria, has created many beautiful eggs with a more modern aesthetic. Her approach to this medium is untraditional in that she explores and experiments with mathematical concepts in her work and enjoys the therapeutic and soulful process of creating intricate designs on eggs.
Jennifer is a high school art teacher in Tinton Falls, and exhibits her decorative eggs and embroidery in the tri-state area. She has been teaching pysanky for several years in various settings, including the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York State.