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Drawing Pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Drawing Pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Eggs
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Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater


Children can draw pysanky – decorated Easter eggs inspired by Ukrainian folk designs.

What You Need:

  • Black paper
  • Oil pastels

What You Do:

Show students examples of Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs).  You can use this website as a reference:

A pysanka (plural: pysanky) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on, but instead are written with beeswax. The name comes from the word “pysaty,” which means “to write.”

Pysanky Eggs. Photo: Luba Petrusha

Photo: Luba Petrusha

Then, using oil pastels, children will write their own decorative Easter eggs on construction paper.

Encourage them to build the image up slowly, bit by bit.

Display the completed eggs!

Pysanky drawing for children.


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