Teaching Pysankarstvo:



Gathering your supplies 

Gather all of your supplies in advance and, if your are going to be teaching away from home, pack them into a sturdy container.  I use one of those large plastic storage totes you can buy at most discount stores.  One with clear plastic sides is nice, as you can glance and see what is inside. 

You will need, minimally, the following items:

General supplies for common use

        Table covering (plastic table cloths are usually best)

        Paper towels or cheap toilet paper (for drying eggs)

        1 set dyes, premixed, in jars

        1 jar vinegar rinse

        Spoons, metal, one per dye + vinegar rinse

        Lighter or Matches

        Instruction sheets, design sheets

        Egg carton egg holders for table

        Cleaning wire(s)

And, for each student, you will need one each of the following

        1 medium stylus

        1 block beeswax

        1 candle*

        1 candle holder*

        1 pencil

        2 eggs (or more, depending on time allowed for class, and allowing for breakage)

        Container for egg (more here)

Additionally, useful but not mandatory items include

        1 plastic placemat per student

        1 plastic jar lid per student (wax holder)

        Goof-Off wipes (to remove pencil marks)

        Craft lathe

        Books, posters

        Instructional video

        Heavy and fine styluses



It’s probably best to keep your dyes in a separate box from t he rest of your supplies, incase there is leakage.  I use tightly sealing plastic containers for my dyes, both to prevent breakage of the jars, and to keep the dye from leaking.  Ziplock (or similar) quart containers work quite well for this purpose.

There will be further discussion on the following pages of how to set up the dye table, how set a place for each students, and how to use the supplies most efficiently.

(* In a pinch, students sitting across the table from each other, if the table is narrow, can share a candle.  So may students sitting next to each other.  It reduces jostling and breakage, though,  if each student has his own candle.)

To download a copy of the checklist above, click here:  Pysanka Class Checklist.

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