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Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshop with Hanka Robertson

Friday, April 12, 10:00am-12:00pm

Friday, April 12, 1:00-3:00pm

Saturday, April 13, 10:00am-12:00pm

Saturday, April 13, 1:00-3:00pm

Members $20, Nonmembers $25, plus $5 supply fee paid directly to instructor (cash preferable)

Each class limited to 14 participants, registration required by Friday, April 5. Call 978.598.5000.


Have you always wanted to try your hand at traditional Ukrainian egg decorating, also known as pysanky? Perhaps you have a history with the craft and want to work on more intricate designs. No matter your skill level, these workshops are for you. This year, beginner, intermediate, and advanced students can work together under the instruction of Hanka Robertson.

Students will learn how to draw on a plain white chicken egg with a special pen and melted wax, then dyeing the egg with special dyes.  The drawing and dyeing are repeated several times as each layer of the design is applied until the egg is finished. Students receive an egg(s) to work on and share the pens, dyes, and other supplies. Students also receive a short history of Pysanky, instructions with an explanation of the process, motifs and pictures for design inspiration, an explanation of the caring for the completed eggs, and a container to take the eggs home.

Hanka Robertson was born in Slovenia and as a child learned to make pysanky from her mother, who was born and raised in the former Czechoslovakia where making pysanky every Easter time was a tradition.