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Pysanky: The Art and Symbolism of Ukrainian Easter Eggs

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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Learn about the art of creating pysanky, and how they relate to
other art forms from around the world.  Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter
eggs decorated using a wax resist method.  Students will delve into the
history of making pysanky, the symbolism of certain designs, and discuss
examples of artworks in the Cleveland Museum of Art with related
patterns.  There will also be a live demonstration of the process of
creating a pysanka.

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About This Program


By Request: $175.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program may be requested on Tuesdays, and also Thursday and Friday afternoons, but scheduling is subject to the presenter’s availability. If students would like additional instruction to create their own eggs, this program is also available as a series of video conferences. Please contact us for further information.

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Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Virtual Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Hajnal Eppley

Program Details


1. Introduction to the history of creating pysanky, and some of the symbols that are used.
2. Brief discussion of the symbolism of eggs in history.
3. Demonstration of the steps to create a pysanka.
4. Comparison of symbols in pysanky with symbols found in art works from the museum’s collection.


Students will learn or understand…
• The history of making pysanky
• The symbolism of certain patterns used in pysanky
• Many symbols are found all over the world, as seen in art from the museum’s collection
• The steps to creating a pysanka

Standards Alignment

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State Standards

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