Teacher Guide for Online Pysanky

Learn to Write Pysanky the traditional way with beeswax and dyes for Teachers, Parents and Students

syllabus created by pysanky expert Joan Brander
artist • author • instructor • lecturer

proudly presented by Baba's Beeswax – Discover the Magic of Pysanky

Partners in Education – Online Teaching

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed all schools to combat the spread of the virus, teachers were forced to offer alternatives while in-class instruction was suspended.

Baba's Beeswax was pleased to step right in and partner with teachers, students (children and adults alike) and parents by providing a ready-made teaching guide on pysanky.

Like you, we know that learning pysanky integrates with multicultural and language arts, social studies, math and science for all grade levels K to 12. Whether you're missing your hands-on pysanky egg decorating class you had planned, or are looking for a new educational and entertaining activity, this new teaching aid by pysanky expert Joan Brander is chock full of at-home learning resources. It includes some of our own personal teaching aids developed over 30 years, videos, audio files, and resources.

As you share this by videoconference, Baba's Beeswax will send customized Student Kits of just the essentials to each student. The Student Kit is $19 and contains 1 beeswax block, 1 size medium kistka, and 4 egg dyes (yellow, orange, red and black). Additional supplies for other members of a family can also be ordered, if desired.

On this page:

1. Course Outline
2. Lesson Plan
3. Reading and/or Handouts
4. Free Activities and Printables for Kids
5. Access to Resources for Teachers, Students, and Parents
6. Peer Review and References
7. Validation

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher Guide
Watch a video on Baba's Beeswax YouTube channelWatch the video on our YouTube channel

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuideCourse Outline

Title Learn to Write Pysanky the Traditional Way with Beeswax and Dyes
Total Hours 2
Delivery Type Online or Lecture
Prerequisites None
Description Students will learn how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs at home during school closures using the traditional wax resist technique. They will also learn Ukrainian words relating to these colourful eggs and how to pronounce them correctly.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • describe what pysanky are
  • identify the origin of pysanky
  • identify specialty tools used for pysanky
  • identify and pronounce Ukrainian words associated with the activity (pysanky, pysanka, kistka)
  • use specialty tools
  • use candles and melted beeswax safely
  • identify common materials used for pysanky
  • describe and demonstrate the wax-resist technique
Assessment/Evaluation    At the discretion of teacher and/or parent
Teaching Resources

Watch a video on Baba's Beeswax YouTube channelWatch the video Learn to Write Pysanky the Traditional Way with Beeswax and Dyes for Teacahers and Students ©2020 on our YouTube channel.

Download a pdf file from Baba's BeeswaxDownload Trilingual Student Practice Sheets – by J. Brander ©2016, in English, French and Ukrainian features symbols and their meanings.

Required Tools and Materials  

Specialized tools available from Baba's Beeswax

  • beeswax
  • kistka
  • dyes

Common items from home

  • eggs – empty or raw
  • a candle (taper preferred to tea lights)
  • a pencil
  • kleenex tissue
  • paper towels
  • vinegar
Course Development Created by pysanky expert, Joan Brander
Date April 10, 2020

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuideLesson Plan

Students will use the language of symbolism in color and design to create a story on an egg. Symbols are repeated to create a design. This Lesson Plan introduces a geometric star, with eight points, which is one of the oldest traditional Ukrainian designs. It's called a "star rosette". The variety of interpretation of the star rosette has no limits.

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comDownload Lesson Plan for Teachers – by J. Brander ©2006, a guide for elementary grades to be used with Student Practice Sheet; features background, defined terms, instructions, diagrams.

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comDownload Student Certificate of Achievement – full colour certificates with place for student name, teacher signature and date, describes the technique, tools used, how to protect and display, a legend of pysanky and more. 8-1/2" x 11".

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuideReading and/or Handouts

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comDownload Raw Eggs vs Empty Eggshells – Tips and Hints from Joan Brander ©2020, compares the properties of two types of eggs to use.

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comDownload Fire Safety Fact Sheet – Tips and Hints from Joan Brander ©2019, guidelines for everyone who writes pysanky using a candle and traditional kistka.

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuideFree Activities and Printables for Kids

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comDownload Pysanky 4 Fun : A Collection of Trilingual Activities 4 Kids – by pysanky expert Joan Brander. Compiles various trilingual activity sheets into one compact publication. These Activity Sheets were previously downloaded or ordered individually. Teachers can photocopy for classroom use to enhance and enliven instruction on pysanky. Can be printed on 8-1/2" x 11" paper, double-sided. Activities include:

  • Symbols and Their Meanings (English)
  • On s'amuse avec Pysanky (French)
  • Pihsahnkih dlya Zadovolennya (Ukrainian)
  • Pysanky Party to colour
  • Scrambled Pysanky Egg Words
  • What would Guy Kistka say? write a story
  • Crossword Puzzle of pysanky terms learned
Pysanky 4 Kids A Collection of Trilingual Activities 4 Kids

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuideAccess to Resources for Teachers, Students, and Parents

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to babasbeeswax.com for supplies, kits, books, resources and free handouts.

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to What are pysanky and how are they made? to learn about pysanky.

Listen to an audio file at BabasBeeswax.comListen to Pysanka Power Podcast by pysanky expert Joan Brander cover the history, legends and symbolism of pysanky. On the practical side, there's tools and techniques, hints, tips and DIY projects to talk about. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.

Watch a video on Baba's Beeswax YouTube  channelWatch our YouTube channel for Pysanky How To's and DIY, Book Previews, Fun Stuff and more.

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to YouTube video from Euromaidan Press – How to make Ukrainian pysanka Easter eggs.

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to wikipedia - pysanka.

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuidePeer Review and References

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comRead Reference Letter #1

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comRead Reference Letter #2

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comRead Reference Letter #3

Learn to Write Pysanky Teacher GuideValidation

Pysanka expert Joan Brander is an artist, author, instructor and lecturer who is at the forefront of preserving one of the great traditions of all time. Since learning the age-old tradition that was passed down through the generations from her grandmother whom she called "Baba", she has been passionate about advancing the culture and history of pysanky. She loves sharing her skills and knowledge and has been teaching Ukrainian egg decorating to kids of all ages since 1991.

An ancient legend says that as long as pysanky are being made, evil shall not prevail over good in the world. Joan is committed to saving the world . . . . one pysanka at a time.

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to Pysanky Expert Joan Brander to learn about her passion, accomplishments, media attention and more.

Baba's Beeswax internal linkLink to Contact and Connect With Us to get in touch with her.

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