Pysanka workshop with Natasha Halayda

  • Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • MAWA, 611 Main St, Winnipeg, MB
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Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, are a traditional art form dating back to pre-Christian, early Slavic cultures. The root of Pysanka is pysaty, which literally means “to write.” The colourful, traditional designs developed from an evolving language of symbols. Pysanky were “written” as gifts of goodwill, expressing wishes of good fortune, fertility and health for family and community.

This workshop will teach the traditional, wax-resist method of dyeing eggs, with a focus on exploring the intention of writing with symbols and designing each egg with personal content. It will discuss cultural evolution and how to preserve an authentic connection with heritage arts, remembering creative intent as well as technique and aesthetics.

All welcome. Spaces are limited. $15

  • Ukrainian-Canadian artist Natasha Halayda has delivered and developed community art programs for Art City, The Graffiti Gallery and The City of Winnipeg Recreation Services Department. Her workshops incorporate teachings on environmental stewardship, active citizenship and a democratization of art for participants of all ages, abilities and economic means.