Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating
with Jennifer Santa Maria

Pysanky is a folk tradition that is both art and prayer. The method is similar to batik – patterns are drawn on the egg with hot beeswax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Finally, the wax is removed to reveal the colors that were covered up at each stage.

This process of creating designs on eggs is an ancient art, typically made in Ukraine, Poland, and Russia and practiced as an Easter ritual. This tutorial will cover the history and traditions surrounding Pysanky, how to make your own egg, and an independent practice session. The instructor will provide a variety of eggs, many hard-to-find traditional and non- traditional colored dyes, and tools.

A great deal of patience and concentration is required to complete a single egg, but it is very rewarding to reveal your hard work when the wax is taken off. All skill levels and ages can create an original pysanka. You will leave with a beautiful egg at the end of the session. Please bring a container or old egg carton.

Must be over the age of 12. All skill levels welcome.

Jennifer Santa Maria

Jennifer Santa Maria is an batik egg artist who lives in Brick, New Jersey and teaches pysanky classes in the Tri-state area. Her approach to this medium is untraditional in that she explores and experiments with mathematical concepts (self similarity, tessellation, golden ratio, etc.) in her work and enjoys the therapeutic and soulful process of creating intricate designs on eggs with melted beeswax.

With a Masters in Art Education from Montclair State University, she has been teaching pysanky in a variety of settings from Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey to the Brattleboro Art Museum in Vermont.  She has been creating batik eggs since 2010 and practices the art all year round.

Visit Jennifer online.


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