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Workshops in Schools Learn pysanky in 4 easy steps

Partners in Education — pysanky expert and best-selling author Joan Brander has been giving workshops in schools since 1991. Making pysanky in the classroom is easy, fun and affordable. But if you think that egg decorating is just for Easter, think again! How about a holiday design for Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas? Book early for these popular workshops or purchase classroom supplies for your own use. Email us for a free Activity Sheet for students.

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What teachers are saying about my Workshops
"Just to let you know what kind of impression your workshops have....One of our previous students who did a workshop 2 years ago has a little brother at a different school and before he changed schools he and his mom asked if he could come back to our school just to do the pysanky workshop!! (He would have been in our class this year and he has asked me about it at least 2 dozen times over the last couple of years!!)"

Workshops That Work
Looking for a unique way to energize your class? Your students' eyes will sparkle as they discover the magic of pysanky. Brimming with innovative ideas and sensational teaching aids, this fascinating hands-on experience teaches not only technique and tradition but also history and culture. A Ukrainian Pysanky Workshop integrates with multicultural and language arts, social studies, math and science. A must for students in all grade levels K to 12, workshops are designed to accommodate up to 35 students. You provide the classroom—Joan will take care of everything else.

How Pysanky are Made
Empty eggshells are decorated with motifs in the technique known as "wax resist". Traditional symbols, designs and patterns are applied with melted beeswax using a tool called a kistka. Eggs are dipped into successively darker dye baths. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal a dazzling display of color.

Designed for Busy Teachers

  • tailored so that everyone completes a pysanka
  • all materials are provided
  • each student has his/her own tools
  • technique is explained and demonstrated in a simple manner
  • easy, well thought out, step-by-step instructions
  • teaching aids (visual, auditory, sensory, etc.)
  • creativity is encouraged with examples and choices
  • children use eggs that have been emptied, rinsed, sealed and marked
Half-Day Workshops at a glance
  -introduction 05 min  
  -inspiring video presentation 15 min  
  -description of tools 10-15 min  
  -demonstration/safety 10-15 min  
  -technique 20-30 min  
  -recess 20 min  
  -technique 40-60 min  
  -conclusion (folk legends, Q&A) balance  

Classroom Supplies for Teachers

  • making pysanky is easy and fun for all grade levels K to 12
  • order your specialty supplies from Baba's Beeswax using our secure online shopping cart
  • many of the supplies needed can be easily collected from home or school or ordered from Baba's Beeswax
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    • Joan' Brander's list of suggested supplies to conduct your own pysanky workshop in the classroom
    • 4 workshop scenarios, depending on your circumstances
    • how to make pysanky for a dollar
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