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Pysanky: Wax Resist Ukrainian Easter Eggs 1W20

Pysanky class

Pysanky, a traditional Ukrainian egg-decorating technique, uses layers of wax and colored dye to achieve beautiful, complex designs. In time for Easter, learn techniques of color layering, localized application and the use of different tool sizes to achieve various results. At the end, remove the wax to reveal the finished egg. Feel free to take this class multiple times to accumulate practice and refine your skills. Limit 10 students

Drop-ins are welcome for experienced pysanky artists and past students: No need to pre-register; pay $20 to the instructor in class.

Students will be supplied with their own take-home set of pysanky tools so that the work can continue beyond the class. Students are invited to join us again in future years, with their tools.


Gretjen Helene


Gretjen Helene is a professional and fine art/sculptural photographer who works with traditional alternative photographic processes as well as in a documentary style. She has exhibited throughout the Boston area, New York City and in Alaska. She studied at Emerson College and the Art Institute of Boston, where she later taught Publication/ Exhibition Photography.

Gretjen has an affinity for eggshells and the symbolism they evoke; of autonomy and the cycle of life. She was taught pysanky at a young age by her mother and has been continuing the tradition since. The layering of wax and the subtractive dyeing process of pysanky has a likeness to the traditional photographic processes of developing and printing images in the darkroom.

Mixed Media and Photography
Materials & Tools:

In addition to $35 paid to instructor please bring:

  • Apron, clothes that don't mind getting dye on
  • A roll of paper towels