Feel like getting a little more ambitious with your Easter eggs this year? If you’re kind of over that old PAAS set and its inherent limitations, you may want to move toward Pysanky– the traditional Ukrainian craft that’s been around for a couple of thousand years. It’s the art of decorating eggs with wax in a way that acts like batik. The wax keeps the dye from oozing all over the place, so you can make intricately detailed designs and keep your colors from running together. If your interest is piqued, we suggest you sign up for the upcoming Pysanky workshops at the Creative Alliance. Space is limited, so RSVPs are a must. You’ve likely seen Pysanky in gift shops, museums, and the homes of people with really good taste. The workshop at the Creative Alliance will be taught by a master artist of from Ukraine, Halyna Mudryj. Of course, your egg might not come out looking just like Halyna’s. The art form can take a lifetime to master (as with any creative or craft-based pursuit), but the technology and tools are simple enough that you can practice on your own as long as you’ve got eggs in stock. Start practicing now, and you’ll have your own masterpieces before you know it.
The Pysanky Egg Edcorating Workshop will be held at the Creative Alliance on Sunday, March 15th. You can register for a 2-hour workshop at either 11am or 1:30pm. Suggested for ages 8 and older. $10/adults, $5/kids. For more information, or to reserve a spot, visit www.creativealliance.org.
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