Andrea Kulish/Studio A is now offering online Ukrainian Easter egg- pysanky - workshops and presentations. Pysanky are a wonderful thing to do during quarantine... they are fun, relaxing, and meditative to create. And, the symbols are all good wishes, so this is the perfect time to create eggs with symbols wishing for good health, long life, strength and protection.
PYSANKY PROCESS, HISTORY and SYMBOLOGY PRESENTATION (1.5 hours)
I will demonstrate the Ukrainian Easter egg - pysanky - process, describe the wax resist (batik) method, as well as provide an overview of the history and symbology of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols. The presentation would be a combination of live demonstration and PDF slideshow.
PYSANKY WORKSHOP (3 hours)
I would send you a list of needed supplies and recommended online suppliers, as well as instructions on preparing your eggs before class. Over ZOOM, I would guide everyone through the pysanky process. I would demonstrate in detail the wax resist method, as well provide as an overview of the history and symbology of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols. I would guide participants through creating their designs. I would answer questions and demonstrate techniques as questions come up during the entire pysanky process.
About the Teacher:
Andrea Kulish, a first-generation Ukrainian-American, learned the intricate art of pysanky eggs as a young girl sitting in on her mother’s weekly classes. Now Andrea not only creates these beautiful objects with unique folk-inspired designs, but she also teaches classes in the art herself.
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. She has been teaching pysanky in Asheville, NC since she moved here in 2013. She holds
private and group lessons in her studio in the River Arts District. Andrea has also taught at businesses, private homes, summer camps, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCA Asheville, Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Roots + Wings Preschool. She has done demonstrations and events around town including at Biltmore, the Grovewood Gallery, the Asheville Greek Festival, Asheville Easter Festival and with LEAF’s Easel Rider Mobile Art Truck.
Andrea may be found working in her Studio A in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina, in a creative space also featuring mixed media artwork, woodblock and silkscreen designs, jewelry, art cards and lots of pysanky eggs ranging from quail to ostrich eggs.
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.”