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Learn to Make Pysanky with Joan Brander

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".

Who is Joan Brander? See more about our resident pysanka expert here. With her 30+ years experience teaching this part of her heritage, Joan has formulated several models for children and adults alike to learn to make pysanky the traditional way with beeswax, kistka and dyes. With the right tools and proper instruction, anyone from 6 to 96 can make Ukrainian Easter eggs. Writing pysanky is easy, fun and affordable.

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Want to learn how to pronounce "pysanky" and "pysanka"?
 Listen to this audio recording by Joan Brander 2022

Let's Write a Pysanka – Online Workshops for 2022

Easter may be over, but it's not too late to learn pysanky — the great gift of hope! Our face-to-face workshops have been replaced with virtual teaching.
For inquiries, please send us an email.

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.

What Teachers are Saying About Us

Manitoba Retired Teacher: You have far surpassed any instructional unit developed for classroom use. Usually, teachers have to prepare what they are about to teach, but you have already done the job for them! You have provided a wealth of information, especially the "teaching aids" which are so impressive!

  • information via multi-sensory approaches
  • ready-made digital and printable instructional materials
  • teaching aids in English, French and Ukrainian for Immersion Schools
  • the "fun activities for kids" is always a classroom motivator
  • all these teaching aids are FREE - what a bonus

Calgary Teacher: I wanted to let you know that my VP placed an order with you last last week. We were thrilled (and extremely impressed) when it arrived. I am extremely excited to get to lead this with our grade 3 class. We will definitely keep you in mind when we need to replace or purchase additional items.

 

Teacher Kit for Rent - an Affordable Option

Great for Girl Guides and other groups too!

You can rent Joan's Brander's entire Workshop Kit for your classroom. What you get for 3 groups of 4 students:

Specialty Items

Teaching Aids What you provide Terms:
  • 12 beeswax blocks
  • 12 size medium kistka
  • 12 kistka / candleholders
  • 12 candles
  • 12 colour-coded jars (YORB)
  • 12 colour-coded pysanka lifters (YORB)
  • Student Handout for Pysanky
  • all this valued at > $700 for only $99!
  • 3 pamphlets of traditional designs
  • 1 dozen model pysanky
  • 3 laminated star rosette designs
  • laminated Pysanky Workshop Visual Aids by Joan Brander ©2022 ISBN 978-1-897253-63-2
  • PowerPoint Discover the Magic of Pysanky : An overview on how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs
  • Video Learn to Write Pysanky the Traditional Way with Beeswax and Dyes
  • award-winning DVD Pysanka: The Ukrainian Easter Egg
  • flat working surface
  • eggs at room temperature
  • paper towels
  • 12 pre-prepared dyes (YORB)
  • use what you need and return the rest
  • pick up one day after 3 pm and return the next day before 6 pm
  • refundable deposit required
  • charges for additional days will apply
  • you assume all responsibility for any potential risk using these products
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Stand With Ukraine Fundraiser

Since the invasion of Ukraine in February, like many others in our community Joan Brander has been deeply affected by the crisis in her ancestral homeland. Now she's collaborating with pysanky workshop coordinators and Baba's Beeswax to raise funds for humanitarian aid. Her 35+ year teaching experience is wide-ranging and her expertise invaluable. She's willing to support your efforts in a fundraising event for a charity of your choice by freely sharing:

  • her knowledge. expertise, personal technique and teaching aids
  • advice, consultation tips and hints (does ZOOM for this work for you?)
  • free teaching aids to enhance your instructional unit
  • "Stand with Ukraine Pysanky Kits" to be sold at your price to participants to raise additional funds for your event
  • posters with event details
  • optional free mention of your event on our website and social media platform
The great gift of pysanky is hope.

• Bev's Private Stand With Ukraine Pysanky Workshop:

Drum roll...... $1145 went to the following humanitarian charities:

  • Red Cross
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Amnesty International
  • Ukrainian Foundation

We sold Stand With Ukraine Pysanky Kits, hosted one workshop, two smaller informal get-togethers, and enjoyed being sponsored by Babas Beeswax. I'm sold out of the kits/kitskas and so if you want to order pysanky supplies, you can contact Joan at www.babasbeeswax.com. I don't think I have ever met anyone with more skill and knowledge about Ukrainian Pysanky than Joan, not to mention supporting a local business that provides quality service and products. Thanks to the Klahanie Canoe Club strata and the caretaker, Benoit, and the staff, Mery. We could not have done it without you. Once again, well done everyone! Make Pysanky – Not War.

• Ecole Margaret Jenkins Elementary School In Progress
Lin's Private Stand With Ukraine Pysanky Workshop In Progress
• Joy's Private Stand With Ukraine Pysanky Workshops In Progress
UBC Forestry | Ukraine Fundraiser In Progress
• Peace & Love for Ukraine Concert In Progress
• Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko In Progress
• Penny's Private Workshops || Ongoing proceeds going to The Red Cross

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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Other Places to Learn

Link to our free Teacher Guide and syllabusLink to our free Teacher Guide and online syllabus

Listen to our Pysanka Power Podcast Listen to our Pysanka Power Podcast

BabasBeeswax.com internal link Link to What are pysanky and how they are made

Watch a video on our YouTube channel (Learn to Write Pysanky the traditional way with beeswx and dyes for Teachers, Parents and Students)

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

Look at Joan Brander's iluvpysanky Flickr albums for photos and videos of the past 30+ years

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