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August 6 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In this workshop we will be making beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky. You will learn the method of batik – also called wax-resist – dying. You will also be familiarized with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols and their history. The designs are made with beeswax which is melted in the flame of a candle and applied to the egg using a tool called a kistka. The eggs are dipped into successively darker dyes. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal the beautiful and colorful design. You may use the traditional patterns, or also freestyle and make up your own design.
We will be working with dyes so please wear clothes you don’t mind possibly getting a little dye on, or bring an apron. If you have long hair, please bring something to tie your hair back to protect it from the candle flame.
I will provide all materials including eggs.
Andrea Kulish is an artist, craftsperson, and graphic design professional. She’s a first-generation Ukrainian-American wholearned to make pysanky from her mother, an art teacher, when she was five years old. As a young girl, she sat in on her mother’s classes every week and made pysanky.
Andrea has been teaching pysanky for approximately twelve years. She taught for several years in the Boston, MA area at various locations- businesses, churches, her home studio, assisted living facilities and art studios.
Andrea has been teaching pysanky in Asheville since she moved here in 2013. In addition to teaching at her studio, she has also taught at businesses, private homes, the Biltmore Estate, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCA Asheville, Roots + Wings Preschool, as well as done demonstrations and events around town including at The Grovewood Gallery, the Asheville Greek Festival, the Asheville Easter Festival, and with LEAF’s Easel Rider Mobile Art Truck.
Quotes from Andrea’s students:
“Andrea is a gem and a national treasure – so fortunate to have someone who is so happily passionate and connected to her work and willing and happy to share it.”
“I’m so glad I took the class and look forward to making more eggs at home. I think Andrea is a wonderful teacher & artist.”
“The combination of gentle guidance with the freedom to explore our own designs. From the aspect of doing something I had never done, I felt that I was in a completely safe and supportive environment, and that I would succeed by just enjoying myself.”
“Instructor was great, very positive and helpful.”
“Wonderful class, would definitely recommend to others!”
To sign up, please check the GCCA website in a few weeks or email [email protected]