The Art of Traditional Ukrainian Easter Egg Writing
with Nestor Topchy & Iryna Petrovska Marchiano

About Pysanka

A pysanka (Ukrainian: писанка) or pysanky (plural: писанки) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, "to write" or "to in scribe", as the designs are not painted on, but written (inscribed) with beeswax.

About the Instructors

Nestor Topchy (b. 1963, New Jersey) is a painter, sculptor, installation artist and performance artist.  Nestor learned to write ornate Ukrainian Easter eggs - Pysanky (plural of Pysanka) in childhood, with his mother and paternal family, who immigrated from Stalinist Ukraine as displaced persons following World War II.
You can see his works at a solo exhibit at the Menil Collection opening in August 2023.

Workshop Dates & RSVP

If you would like to host a private workshop at your school, church, local library, girl&boy scout troupe - reach out to us via email! We'll be happy to work with you to set something up!


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Past Workshops

APRIL 6, 2024
Pysanka  Demonstration @ Menil Neighborhood Community Day

March 3, 2024
Pysanka  Workshop @ AvantGarden Houston

March 2, 2024
Pysanka  Demonstration @ Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

APRIL 6, 2024
Pysanka  Demonstration @ Menil Neighborhood Community Day

MARCH 19, 2023
Pysanka  Workshop @ AvantGarden Houston

MARCH 20, 2022
Pysanka for Ukraine Fundraiser @ AvantGarden Houston

MAY 19, 2019
Pysanka  Workshop @ AvantGarden Houston