Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating In Belmar

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Celebrate the spring with Jenny Santa Maria, seasoned pysanky instructor.

Instructor:​ Jenny Santa Maria
Date: March 16
Time:​ 5:00 – 7:30pm

Celebrate the spring with Jenny Santa Maria, seasoned pysanky instructor. This workshop at Belmar Arts  is a unique opportunity to learn a skill that is traditionally passed down by the Matriarch of the family to her children in Ukraine.

Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian eggs, 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.  Anyone can create an original pysanka; you will leave with a beautiful egg at the end of the session.

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. Please bring a container or old egg carton.

The instructor, Jenny Santa Maria, has created many beautiful eggs with a more modern aesthetic.  Her approach to this medium is untraditional in that she explores and experiments with mathematical concepts in her work and enjoys the therapeutic and soulful process of creating intricate designs on eggs.

Jennifer is a high school art teacher in Tinton Falls NJ, and exhibits her decorative eggs in the tri-state area.  She has been teaching pysanky for several years in various settings including the Brattleboro Art Museum in Vermont, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York State, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

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