The art and craft of pysanky

Arts Camp 2010

How can I describe the amazing experience we call Arts Camp at Oak Hills Church.  You just had to be there.  The air tingles with high energy and excitement as 360 first through sixth graders plus over 100 adult and student helpers explore all forms of art.  Everywhere you go on campus you see kids in their classes learning dance, drama, music, painting, silk screening, woodworking, even the culinary arts and lots more.

For the second year now, I had the privilege of teaching ten fifth/sixth graders how to create pysanky eggs.  It’s always a little scary to combine kids and candle flames but thanks to plenty of supervision and a couple of mini fire drills, we had no major mishaps.  Most of my students managed to finish at least three eggs over the course of this week.  And more than that, I could see that they really understood the step by step process as they designed and completed projects on their own.

The techniques as well as the historical significance of pysanky have been handed down through the ages from parent to child, from teacher to student, from one generation to another.  And now, I’m proud to say, a new generation of pysanky artists is well on its way to carrying on this tradition.

3 responses

  1. Kathy

    I love the pigtails as well – but hardly recognized you! I was wondering WHY you weren’t in the photo!!!

    July 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

  2. Aren’t they just lovely? I thought about a mowhawk for “crazy hair day” but then thought the better of it.

    June 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

  3. Cathy Arreguin

    Love those pigtails!

    June 29, 2010 at 10:29 am

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