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    . . . . eggs-cessories and gifts
    . . . . in Baba's art room

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    . . . . Pysanka Power Podcast
    . . . . studio workshops
    . . . . enrichment programs
    . . . . visual arts in the community
    . . . . birthday parties
    . . . . birthday parties
    . . . . partners in education


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    . . . . Baba's Beeswax
    . . . . pysanky expert Joan Brander

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Learn to Make Pysanky with Joan BranderJoan 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 pysanka expert, artist, author, instructor and lecturer Joan Brander. With the right tools and proper instruction, anyone from 6 to 96 can make Ukrainian Easter eggs the traditional way.

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

  • studio workshops – for all levels of experience in our newly-renovated studios in RichmondLearn pysanky with Joan Brander
  • enrichment programs – flexible hands-on interactive workshops for your venue and location
  • visual arts in the community – continuous intake workshops (start at any time; leave when you've completed a pysanka)
  • birthday parties – select this link for an amazing way to celebrate your special day
  • demonstrations, displays and lectures – for your special event or unique audience
  • partners in education - virtual pysanky workshops

     Upcoming Events and Free Activities

    Our face-to-face workshops have been replaced with virtual teaching. See our Teacher Guide page here.

    Visit our You-Tube channel with playlists for book previews, pysanky how to's and DIY, a peak inside the workings of Baba's Beeswax, celebrations, and more . . .

    Please contact us to be put on a waiting list for our pysanky workshop(s).


Studio Workshops at babasbeeswax.comOur Studio Workshops

Special Events

Cartons of eggs stand at the ready - it's dyeing time at our seasonally-appointed egg decorating workshops
  • conducted by our team of pysanka experts
  • 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

Cartons of eggs stand at the ready

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.

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

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

Visual arts in the community with babasbeeswax.comVisual 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:

  • World Festival – Annually in September (Minoru Park)
  • Steveston Salmon Festival – July 1st every year (Steveston Village)
  • check back for updates

Pysanka birthday parties at 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 at babasbeeswax.comDemonstrations, 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

Joan Brander demonstrates pysanky Joan Brander lectures pysanky Joan Brander displays pysanky

Partners in Educatoin Partners in Education

Baba's Beeswax has been collaborating with teachers and schools since 1991. Making pysanky in the classroom provides a strong curricular connecton and integrates with many disciplines such as visual, multicultural and language arts, social studies, math and science. Students learn:

  • a technique that is rewarding and forgiving
  • communication skills such as listening
  • safety and how to work with delicate items
  • sharing
  • a cultural and traditional experience

Accessible and affordable supplies from Baba's Beeswax together with Joan's model for classroom workshops have proven that students in all grade levels K to 12 are highly engaged while learning. Check out this list of classroom supplies or give us a call.

But if you think that egg decorating is just for Easter, think again! How about a holiday design for Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas


Learn to Write Pysanky for Teachers and Students. A ready made teacher guide for access to at-home learning resources during school closures. Includes Course Outline, Lesson Plan, Reading and Handouts, Free Activities and Printables for Kids, Acess to Resources for Teachers, Students and Parents, and References. Select this link for more info.
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