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Learn to Make Pysanky Joan Brander in her pysanky studio

Saving the world one pysanka at a time . . . .™ An ancient legend say that "as long as pysanky are being made, evil shall not prevail over good in the world". Learn how to make pysanky the traditional way with expert and best-selling author Joan Brander.


Joan has formulated several models for children and adults alike to learn to make pysanky. On this page:

Our Studio Workshops

Special Events

Cartons of eggs stand at the ready - it's dyeing time at our seasonally-appointed egg decorating workshops
  • conducted by pysanka expert, artist, author, instructor, and lecturer, Joan Brander
  • decompress from your busy day with a therapeutic relaxing experience
  • Studio A - for your group of 6 to 8 people
  • Studio B - for groups of 10 or more
  • simple, step-by-step instructions
  • teaching aids (visual, auditory, sensory) encourage creativity
  • eggs have been marked, emptied, and rinsed out
  • captivating video presentation, folk history, culture, legends
  • tour our Pysanky Gallery featuring hundreds of eggs and artifacts
  • books, stories and other activities in our Pysanka Library
  • beginners are welcome
  • pre-register by email or phone 604.275.8169
  • make a special request for other techniques and designs such as
    • Trypillian designs
    • stained glass (or wax embossed)
    • Christmas designs
    • bleaching technique
    • new techniques and designs
    • leaf blocking
    • teardrop eggs
    • beaded eggs
    • scratch-carved eggs
    • non-traditional designs

Make a pysanka the traditional way — it's easy, fun and affordable

Next Family Day Workshops - February 2018

Cartons of eggs stand at the ready

Summary of Spring and Easter Workshops in 2017

Our Studio in Richmond – phone 604.275.8169

  • Family Day Weekend, February 11 to 13, 2017 – completed
  • Spring Break March 11 to 26, 2017 – scroll down for details or download poster
  • Good Friday April 14, 2017 – two workshops (10:00 am to noon / 2:00 pm to 4:00)
  • Easter Saturday, April 15, 2017 – two workshops (10:00 am to noon / 2:00 pm to 4:00)
  • More dates and times too be announced
  • Want to be notifed by email of upcoming Workshops? send Joan a request

Ukrainian Communitiy Centre in Richmond

Apr 14, 2017 Good Friday crown of thorns

Spring Break Workshops March 11 to 26, 2017

This is a great time to entertain the kids when school is out.

  • Weekdays
    • after school 3 pm to 5 pm
    • evenings 7 pm to 9 pm
    • March 11 to 17 - SOLD OUT
    • March 20 to 23- SOLD OUT
  • Saturdays and Sundays
    • mornings 10 am to noon
    • afternoons 2 pm to 4 pm
    • evenings 7 pm to 9 pm
    • March 18 and 25 - SOLD OUT
  • Cost – TBA includes all supplies
  • Location – 3591 Springfield Drive, Richmond, BC
  • Pre-registration required 604-275-8169
Spring Break in the various School Districts in the Lower Mainland are:
  • Delta School District – March 13 to 24, 2017
  • Langley School District – March 13 to 24, 2017
  • Richmond School District – March 13 to 24, 2017
  • Surrey School District – March 13 to 24, 2017
  • Vancouver School District – March 13 to 17, 2017

Earn Volunteer Hours and Get a Free Workshop

Sometimes you have to snoop around to find free things! We are looking for people of all ages who are fun-loving with a sense of humour to participate in our workshops. This is a great opportunity for high school and international students to earn volunteer hours at a non-charitable event while at the same time start off the summer with a blast. Of course you would have to know a little bit about pysanky in order to participate—and that is where the free workshop comes in! Everything provided.

Contact Joan if you are interested.

Summer Season Schedule

Easter may be over but making pysanky in Joan's studio is definitely not! Joan and her team of experts are extending the fun of Ukrainian pysanky at workshops throughout the summer. Check back for upcoming workshops.

Enrichment Programs

Joan's hands-on interactive workshops are suitable for all age groups (families, same-age participants, corporate events, etc.) and include:

  • flexible options to suit your specific needs
  • workshops of variable length from 30 to 60 minutes or longer
  • easy, well thought out, step-by-step instructions
  • visual, auditory, and sensory teaching aids
  • examples and choices to encourage creativity
  • historical, cultural and traditional significance
  • legends and folk beliefs
  • all specialty tools and common materials

Contact Joan to discuss your circumstances

The following are typical designs that will be created by all age levels.

Easter eggs – these traditional pysanky designs are easy and fun to make.

Hanging Christmas ornament– this is a classic snowflake design admired by everyone.

Visual Arts in the Community

By supporting not-for-profit organizations in their special events, Joan entertains not only at Easter but all year round. Whether celebrating the seasons or participating in festivals, Joan believes in giving back to the community and she does it in a unique way. The festive atmosphere is enhanced when children and adults alike gravitate to her continuous-intake hands-on pysanky pavilion where everyone from 6 to 96 learns while being creative and takes away a beautiful keepsake of the event. It's a yearly tradition!

Upcoming events:

  • European Festival – TBA 2017 (Swangard Stadium)
  • Steveston Salmon Festival – July 1, 2017 (Steveston Village)
  • check back for updates

Pysanka Birthday Parties

Discover the magic of an amazing pysanka birthday party to celebrate your special day! With basic tools and proper instruction anyone can make a pysanka the traditional way. Not only is it easy and fun, it's also a valuable learning experience. It gives children of all ages confidence to create something unique and beautiful. Not only do they learn an ancient technique, they respect instructions and the responsibility of using specialized tools and equipment. You can enjoy yourself, too, since everything is provided and Joan takes care of everything from set-up to clean-up!
  • your place or our space
  • fun for kids of all ages and no eggs-perience required
  • select this link for more party information and price

Demonstrations, Displays and Lectures

When you can't travel, or don't want the hands-on component, Joan will take her colourful display to your facility.
  • flexible length to suit your needs and audience starting at 45 minutes
  • demonstration of tools and technique
  • visually enhanced with examples of symbols and their meaning
  • cultural, traditional and historical significance
  • folk legends
  • large-scale models for visually-impaired audience
  • lesson on how to recognize designs mistaken for pysanky technique
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • book signing

Contact Joan to discuss your circumstances

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