Yes, you CAN make eggs like these! In this series of classes, we will focus on winter holiday designs. Sign up for one (or more) 2-class sessions to learn the art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating (pysanky) to create holiday ornaments. In two sessions most people are able to complete two eggs. Please do not expect to complete the process in one session.
*Class size is limited. Each session can accommodate 8 beginners and 8 veterans of this craft. We will have plenty of white chicken eggs on hand, and all the supplies. If you have access to duck or goose eggs and would like to try your hand at a larger project, feel free to bring them along.
*These classes are not for children. We work with raw, full eggs and melt the wax over an open candle flame.
Classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Sessions: Wed. Nov 14 & 21 , 10:00 – 1:00/ Wed. Nov 28 & Dec 12, 10:00 – 1:00 / Sat. Nov. 17 & 24, 1:00 – 4:00 / Sat. Dec 1 & 15, 1:00 – 4:00. Contact the library for more information.
Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating has been handed down through generations of the Ukrainian people. They are famous the world over for their colorful Easter Eggs (Pysanky). Over 2000 years ago, before the time of Christ, people decorated eggs believing that great powers were embodied in the egg. Eggs symbolized the release of the earth from the shackles of winter and the coming of spring with its promise of new hope, new life and prosperity. With the advent of Christianity, Easter eggs symbolize the Resurrection and a promise of eternal life. Legend has it that as long as pysanky are decorated, goodness will prevail over evil throughout the world. [excerpt from How to Decorate Beautiful Ukrainian Easter Eggs, by Luba Perchyshyn]
*photo © 2011 Luba Petrusha. Used with permission.