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Pysanky Workshops & Classes - USA (AL - IA)
If you do not see your province, state, or city here, please check back occasionally, to see if someone has decided to teach in your area.
United States (Alabama to Iowa)
City: Fairbanks, Alaska
Location: The Folk School
Name of Teacher: Lidiia Olszowy
Phone: (907) 479-0077
Class Times: On demand
Ages taught: 10 years old with parent or guardian
Info: For many people it is an Easter egg decorated using a method similar to batik, but for Ukrainians its more than just a pretty egg. The Ukrainian pysanka (from the word pysaty (verb) /to write/) was believed to possess an enormous power not only in the egg itself, which harbored the beginning of life, but also in the symbolic designs and colors which were written upon the egg in a unique manner for centuries. The intricately colored eggs were used in every part of life various social and religious occasions and were considered to be a talisman and protector against evil, as well as harbingers of good, as well as a letter to someone.
This class is set up for people with different skills levels. From beginners who have little or no experience in writing pysanky to experienced artists who are interested in learning this unique language and technique.
It is much more than that! Ukrainians have been decorating eggs and creating these miniature jewels for countless generations. There is a ritualistic element involved, magical thinking and a calling out to the Universe or God for health, fertility, love, protection, new beginnings, changes in your life and wealth.
Join us for this lesson to learn the history and meanings behind this ancient language of colors and symbols. All materials would be provided during the workshop part of this class.
City: Kingman, Arizona
Location: Kingman Parks and Recreation Department
Name of Teacher: Marty Adams
Phone: (928) 753-2259
Class Times: 6 to 8 weeks before Easter every year, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages taught: 8 and up
Price: $20.00 for class, $15.00 for materials
Info: Call or email for more information.
City: Tucson, Arizona
Name of Teacher: Lynn Kumm
Class Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages taught: 8 years of age to adult men, women and children.
Info: This is truly a hobby for me and I love to show people how to do this great art. I am very flexible on time and will travel. I do these throughout the year and will concentrate on my own at least two weeks prior to Easter. Demonstrations are free to non-profit organizations; girl scouts, boy scouts, church organizations, etc. E-mail for more information.
City: Cromberg, California
Name of Teacher: Olga Kroencke
Class Times: by appointment only
Ages taught: 10 and up
Info: I will come to your home and teach you and your friends this traditional art, that has been handed down from mother to daughter through the centuries. Minimum class size 4/Maximum 8.
City: Fairfax, California
Location: Rainbow Fabrics Crafts and Things, 50 Bolinas Road
Phone: (415) 459-5100
Info: Call for more information on classes.
City: Orangevale, California
Name of Teacher: Teresa Mihalko Harbert
Phone: (916) 988-6159
Info: Check "Upcoming classes" under the "Classes" tab at the top of my webpage www.eggsbyteresa.com or contact me to schedule a class.
City: San Diego, California
Location: Call or email for further information.
Name of Teacher: Suzanne Kellogg
Phone: (619) 756-0788
Class Times: January through December
Ages taught: Adults
Price: $25.00/4 Hour Class, $12.00 supply fee for standard kit which includes six dyes, beeswax, medium kistka, two design sheets and black and white instructions.
Info: I started creating pysanky over 35 years as art therapy when diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I would love to share with you what has now become a passion of mine, introducing you to turning an ordinary chicken egg into a piece of art. Attendees will learn, symbolism, division of egg, drawing of designs, use of kistka (writing tool), and techniques of wax and resist method, dyeing process, technique of drilling egg and removing contents, removing wax and the finishing process.
City: San Diego, California
Location: House of Ukraine
Name of Teacher: House of Ukraine
Phone: (619) 742-2720
Class times: Several in the month preceding Easter.
Ages taught: Adults
Info: Please note that the class size will be limited to eight (8) students and filled on a first registered/first-paid basis. For more information, please see our website.
City: San Luis Obispo, California
Location: Your home, church or center
Name of Teacher: Shirley Hazlett
Phone: (517) 242-2950
Class times: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., January-April
Ages taught: Adults (teens under adult supervision)
Price: $35.00 each (min/6)
Info: Offering home parties arranged to fit your schedule; can also accomodate larger groups at your church, community center, etc. Experience: I am a certified Art teacher (retired) who has been making pysanky for 45 years and teaching it for 30. I can also offer demonstations for church or school groups, which include the history and cultural aspects of egg-making. Please email me with questions, or to customize your event. Thank you!
City: Santa Clarita, California
Location: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Spurling Hall - 24901 Orchard Village Road
Name of Teacher: Barbara Wampole and Olga Kaczmar
Phone: (661) 254-5267
Info: Held annually in spring, call for more information.
City: Tustin, California
Name of Teacher: Adriana Wrzesniewski
Phone: (714) 544-8665
Info: Individual, private and group lessons available through out Orange, Riverside and LA counties. Go to www.pysanka.com for details and upcoming workshops.
City: Temecula/Murrieta, California
Location: your choice
Name of Teacher: Clare Cheney
Phone: (951) 529-1504
Class Times: any date, flexible times
Ages taught: 8 - 80
Info: I will travel to your group - minimum 3 people. It is a lot of fun - times are flexible. Great for a pre-Easter or anytime with a group of friends or family. It is a 3 hour class and I provide all materials. Everyone gets a great looking egg at the end of class (I usually bring a few extra in the event of breakage).
I also enjoy teaching children's groups (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Schools, etc) and can gear it towards badges or patches as desired.
City: Newington, Connecticut
Location: will travel and in my home
Name of Teacher: Sharon Leonard
Phone: (860) 667-1705
Class times: all year 'round
Ages taught: 8 years and up
Price: depends on group and level
Info: I use a VCR film to help explain how the process works. Students are given free range on what they like to draw. Everone's egg comes out an original and bright in color. I have taught Girl Scouts, Seniors, at churchs and libraries. I ask the group be no larger than 20 people. Price is depending on group size and traveling. Home instruction starts at $25.00 and we agree on price accourding to how long and how detailed we get. Groups are Introduction and Advanced. This Folk art can be done for all holidays. Hallowe'en, Christmas, Valentine's Day just to name a few. This is a great activity during a party, birthdays or just friends. I enjoy doing this year 'round. Around town I have been called "the Egg Lady". I have eggs to sell and hope to hear from you soon. Call for more information!
City: Washington, DC
Location: Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine - 4250 Harewood Road, NE
Contact: Jurij (202) 526-3737.
Class times: Annual Pysanka Workshop - the Sunday two weeks prior to Easter.
Price: $20.00, $12.00 for kids 12 & under
Ages taught: Children must be accompanied by adults
Info: Learn more about the shrine & its pysanky workshops at http://www.ucns-holyfamily.org. Registration Forms can be found at: http://www.ucns-holyfamily.org/events/.
City: Englewood, Florida
Name of Teacher: Ruth Ward
Phone: (224) 425-9367
Ages taught: 14 and up
Price: cost of supplies
Info: I am Ukrainian and have been making pysanky for most of my life. I will share my knowledge - I don't have formal classes but will gladly arrange a time to meet with anyone interested in learning. Contact me for more info.
- She has an upcoming course with the Naples Art Association, follow the link for more info and to sign up for Monday February 19, 2018.
City: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Name of Teacher: Ingrid Bolton
Ages taught: all ages
Info: I have created Pysanky for over 18 years and have taught many workshops. Will teach small groups at my home. Also, I will do demos for schools and organizations. Visit my website at www.ingridbolton.com.
City: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Name of Teacher: Ann Anzini
Phone: (315) 945-1512
Class times: Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ages taught: 12 and up
Info: Minimum of six per class. Maximum 12. Generally classes are 4 hours, and everyone gets to make two eggs. I teach with electric kistkas and bring all supplies.
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Name of Teacher: Catharine Green
Phone: (317) 536-9700
Info: Individuals or groups up to 12, teens or adults. Decorate 1 or 2 eggs in class. Kits available at an extra charge for you to take home to create more beautiful eggs.
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