It is that time of year again—snow on the ground and waiting for spring.
Imagine families in old-time Ukraine decorating their eggs for the Easter celebration.
Young girls would pick their favorite egg to give to that special boy. A bowl would be displayed on the table to keep away storms and bad luck.
One might be placed in the hen house, barn and under the beehive to insure good health for the animals. There would be some in the Easter baskets for blessing at the church.
The eggs are decorated with rich colors and symbols that might represent the rebirth of spring and after the birth of Christianity, the rebirth of man. Legend has it the more the eggs are decorated, the more good happens in the world.
It is a beautiful tradition.
I am once again offering Ukrainian “Pysanky” Egg classes at Room 101, an Art Studio in Mars. I know that students from my past classes have started some new family traditions or had an opportunity to revisit old family traditions. For others, it's just a nice new art form to learn in an afternoon.
Pick a class, choose a date, email your reservation and I will send a registration form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginner Classes - Ages 11 and up, $25 fee for one two-hour class. Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 pm (February 16 or 23, March 2 or 9). The beginner class will focus on learning technique and will use a 2-color process.
Intermediate Classes - Ages 12 and up, $30 for one 2 1/2 hour class. Saturdays 2 to 4:30 p.m. (February 16 or 23, March 2 or 9). Those that have some knowledge or confidence can jump to this class without taking the beginner class. The intermediate class will allow the student to do a much more intricate egg and use multiple colors and have the option of purchasing a larger duck egg to use.
Ukrainian Egg Four Week Sessions - $100 for one four week session, Ages 13 and up, Monday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Session 1 (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25); Session 2 (March 5, 12, 19, 26) or Thursday mornings 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Session 1 (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28) and Session 2 (March 7, 14, 21, 28). These sessions will cover beginning, intermediate, embossing brown eggs, and a teardrop method. You will end up with a nice variety of eggs using different techniques. You can sign up for both sessions giving you eight classes.
I can add a class for your group of six to eight for those that might like to take the class in the evening.
Maria Leysens, Room 101, an Art Studio in Mars