Pysanky are a lot like Asheville- unique, fun and colorful!
In this workshop we will be making beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky. You will learn the method of batik – also called wax-resist – dying. You will also be familiarized with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols and their history. The designs are made with beeswax which is melted in the flame of a candle and applied to the egg using a tool called a kistka. The eggs are dipped into successively darker dyes. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal the beautiful and colorful design. You may use the traditional patterns, or also freestyle and make up your own design.
About the Teacher:
Andrea Kulish is an artist, craftsperson, and graphic design professional. She’s a first-generation Ukrainian-American and has been making pysanky since she was five years old. She’s been teaching pysanky to people of all ages for the past several years, in both the Boston, MA & New Hampshire and now Asheville, NC.
Spring 2017 Workshop dates:
BEGINNERS- Learn the basics of making pysanky. Open to all beginners.
Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Thursday, April 13, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Sunday, May 7, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Or call me to schedule your own afternoon or evening date for you and your friends! Lessons available at my studio or your location for one to nine people- many weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons work well. Please contact me for more information.
Easter dates 2017: Easters are the same date in 2017!
Gregorian calendar / Roman Catholic: April 16, 2017
Julian calendar / Eastern Orthodox: April 16, 2017
In the River Arts District, Asheville, NC:
Classes are taught at Studio A, which is located at Pink Dog Creative, 344 Depot Street, Suite 100, next to Fresh West Pizza. Ample free parking is available in the lot across the street and on the street.
Or at your location:
I am also available year-round to go to your home, school, church or other space to teach groups of 2 to 15 people, ages 8 and up. Please inquire for more details!
More details:
Ages 18 and over (at Studio A)
$49 for one session includes all materials ($49 cash/check, $53 credit card/PayPal) Payable at class or in advance. Checks may be mailed in and credit card can be taken over the phone.
Please e-mail andreakulish@gmail.com or call/text 828-423-6459 to reserve your space.
Preparing for class:
We will be working with dyes so please wear clothes you don’t mind possibly getting a little dye on, or bring an apron. If you have long hair, please bring something to tie your hair back to protect it from the candle flame.
I will provide all materials including eggs. You will take home whatever pysanky you make. If you like, you may varnish and empty your eggs at home, or I will gladly varnish and empty your eggs for you and you can pick them up about a week after the class.
Feel free to bring a drink and snack. We won’t have a formal break but feel free to take a break at any time. Please wash your hands at the beginning of class and after handling any food or touching your skin, as oils from food and skin can affect the dye’s ability to adhere to the egg. Please eat any snacks away from the work area.
Classes often run an extra half-hour- until 5:30 on Sundays and 8:30 on weekdays if you need extra time to finish up.
Classes are a lot of fun! If you do want to make more pysanky after class is over, the full range of pysanky supplies are available for purchase at Studio A.
Cancellation policy:
For a full refund, cancellation must be made at least 24 hours prior to the class. Refunds are not given if cancellation is made less than 24 hours before class.