Drop-pull technique: A simple way of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs. Wax is “dropped” on an egg and then quickly pulled into a tail shape using a straight pin.
Does your family have special Easter traditions? Or, does your family where the adults hide something and the kids have to find it?
Has an older person in your family taught you how to do something special?
Have you ever seen something and wondered how it was made? Describe that experience. If you ever found out how it was made, tell the details of how you found out.
Have you ever decorated eggs? What tools did you use? What were the steps in your process?
Have you ever tried to blow out an egg? Was it easy or hard?
Do you know someone who does their art in only one time of the year?
Ukrainian Egg-Cessories has two egg posters that you can download and print out on a color printer.
How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky) has five black and white drawings of pysanka that can be printed and used as coloring pages.
KinderArt offers “Egg-citing,” a lesson plan for using modified wax resist egg decorating techniques with young children.
The Ukrainian Museum in New York has an on-line slide show of pysanky that includes eggs decorated with traditional motifs and eggs with very contemporary re-interpretations of the tradition. Use these images with your students to discuss how artists can re-interpret traditional art forms.
Blue Skies offers an excellent series of articles on Ukrainian history in Ukraine and in Canada (much of which parallels Ukrainian immigration history in the United States).
Betty was named a National Heritage Fellow in 1996 by the National Endowment for the Arts. Who else from Wisconsin has been honored as a "national artistic treasure"?
The Ukrainian Gift Shop is a family-run business in Minneapolis. Find out more about pysanky, and three generations who love this art form!
You can see other examples of Ukrainian-style art by looking at the on-line collections of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada.
Want to see a giant pysanka? Visit this site to see the five thousand pound egg sculpture in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, home to many Ukrainian Canadians. Click on the picture to find out more!
Go here to discover Basic Facts about Ukraine.
Does your library have these books?
The Bird’s Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story
Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore and Symbols
Text written by Jamie Yuenger, edited by Anne Pryor.
Sources consulted include tape recorded interview with Betty Pisio Christenson by Michael Kline (9/21/98), with the tape housed at the Wisconsin Arts Board.