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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 who is celebrating 30 years of teaching this part of her cultural heritage. With the right tools and proper instruction, anyone from 6 to 96 can make Ukrainian Easter eggs the traditional way.

 Online Workshops for 2021

Our face-to-face workshops have been replaced with virtual teaching:

Please send us an email for information on any of the Workshops listed here

Sturdays
2 pm to 4 pm
April 10
April 17
April 24
May 1

 

Inquire for your own Workshop date

Upcoming Virtual Ukrainian Easter Egg pysanky workshops on ZOOM

Learn to make Ukrainian Easter eggs the traditional way using beeswax, kistka and dyes from start to finish with pysanky expert Joan Brander of Baba's Beeswax (watch this video about her) in just one session via ZOOM.

Please send us an email to book a Workshop for your own needs.

This activity is fun for all ages and ideal for a family. Many people are scheduling their own family/friends/group workshops.

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  • includes all specialty items (1 beeswax, 1 kistka, plus yellow, orange, red and black pysanka dyes) in a Student Kit, plus all taxes and shipping
  • additional family members can purchase a kistka from Baba's Beeswax and share everything else in the Student Kit
  • the Student Kit, instructions, and handout of preparation timeline will be mailed in advance
  • register as soon as possible to avoid additional shipping for timely receipt of your Student Kit if you live outside the Greater Vancouver Area
  • for online instruction you'll need a computer with audio (microphone and speakers), camera, and reliable internet connection.

For answers to all your questions and to register for a workshop:

contact [email protected] or phone 604.275.8169

Saturday
March 27, 2021

Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko – COMPLETED

March 6, 2021 Ancient Mother Goddess Pysanka Workshop – COMPLETED
March 13, 2021 Ancient Mother Goddess Pysanka Workshop – COMPLETED

March 13, 2021

Virtual Ukrainian Easter Egg pysanky workshop on ZOOM – COMPLETED

Link to helpful places in this website:

Link to BabasBeeswax.com pageTeacher Guide for online pysanky syllabus
Link to BabasBeeswax.com pagePysanka Power Podcast for listening on your favourite podcaster
Link to BabasBeeswax.com pageWhat are pysanky and how are they made?
Link to BabasBeeswax.com pageWho is Joan Brander?

Joan has formulated several models for children and adults alike to learn to make pysanky. Due to COVID-19 all face-to-face interaction is suspended. On this page:

 Things To Do

Let's ZOOM about pysanky. Join our pysanky expert Joan Brander in a FREE scheduled zoom teleconference Sunday afternoons to discuss any topic you want relating to pysanky, to share eggs-periences, and to network with others as we eggs-plore the magic of Ukrainian decorated eggs. Send us an email and we'll give you the meeting ID and password

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to our free Teacher Guide
Watch a video on Baba's Beeswax YouTube channelWatch
a video on our YouTube channel (Learn to Write Pysanky the traditional way with beeswax and dyes for Teachers, Parents and Students)
Watch a video on Baba's Beeswax YouTube channelOur You-Tube channel has playlists for book previews, pysanky how to's and DIY, a peak inside the workings of Baba's Beeswax, celebrations, and more . . .
Photos on Baba's Beeswax Flickr albumsLook at Joan Brander's iluvpysanky Flickr albums for photos and videos of the past 30 years

Please send us an email with your questions about pysanky.

Our Studio Workshops

Cartons of eggs stand at the ready, but COVID-19 has forced us to suspend our Studio Workshops, Special Events, and Summer Season schedule.We can't wait for social interaction to resume!

Enrichment Programs

Joan's hands-on interactive workshops suitable for all age groups (families, same-age participants, corporate events, etc.) have been suspended during the pandemic. We can't wait for social interaction to resume.

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

Easter Eggs pysanky on babasbeeswax.com Easter eggs – these traditional pysanky designs are easy and fun to make.

Hanging Christmas ornament pysanky on babasbeeswax.com 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!

We can't wait for social gatherings to resume!

Pysanka Birthday Parties

You can still ZOOM your special day with an amazing pysanka birthday party using our free Pysanky Online Teacher Guide and Learn to Write Pysanky the traditional way with beeswax and dyes for Teachers, Parents and Students Video on our YouTube Channel and on our Facebook page! No eggs-perience necessary.

Not only is it easy and fun, it's also a valuable learning experience. As a memento, your party guests will have an eggs-traordinary built-in loot bag of a beautiful hand-made pysanka they proudly made themselves.

All the tools they'll need to follow along in the video are in the Student Kit which they can use to practice and enjoy again with their newly acquired skill (1 pure beeswax, 1 size medium kistka, yellow, orange, red and black pysanky dyes).

Download a pdf file from BabasBeeswax.comDownload and email a free colour invitation to your party guests. Various designs available depending on your eggs-citement.


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Displays, Demonstrations and Lectures

Since we can't travel nor have the hands-on component during the pandemic, instead Joan can ZOOM her colourful demonstration to your facility.
  • flexible length to suit your needs and audience
  • 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

Baba's Beeswax internal linkLink to Contact and Connect With Us to get in touch and discuss your circumstances.

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Partners in Education

We've been collaborating with teachers and schools since 1991. Whether in the classroom or at home online learning, making pysanky 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 our free Pysanky Online Teacher Guide and YouTube Video Learn to Write Pysanky the traditional way with beeswax and dyes for Teachers, Parents and Students have proven that students in all grade levels K to 12 are highly engaged while learning. For physical classroom teaching check out this list of classroom supplies or give us a call.

BabasBeeswax.com internal linkLink to the syllabus for at-home or classrooom learning

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.

 
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