South Pomfret, Vermont
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Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Explore the ancient wax resist process used for decorating eggs with intense colors and detailed patterns.

Pysanky, the Ukrainian art of egg decorating with beeswax and non-edible dyes, is not as complicated as it looks! We will practice the ancient wax resist process on hollowed out chicken eggs with successive rounds of dyeing. The intense colors and traditional, detailed patterns have significance, but participants are free to create their own signature designs. Join us to anticipate spring and make festive, lasting works of art.

Lisa Kaija received her BA in Art History at Dartmouth College and her K-6 General Education/Visual Arts teaching certification through the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. During the last thirty+ years, she taught all subjects in grades K-4 and some subjects in grade 5-6 in various Upper Valley public and private schools. She has trained mid-life career changers to become teachers and raised five children with her husband, Kevin. Lisa revels in teaching art. The question she dodges most often is “Are you an artist?,” since she considers herself a teacher first and an artist second, and elementary art teachers need to know a little about a lot of different art forms. She thrives on challenges and enjoys being creative with people of any age.