Advanced Pysanka Workshop: Etching Technique

An advanced pysanka workshop, where participants will learn how to write pysanky with brown eggs using strong vinegar to etch part or all of the design!

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024 

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Learn how to write pysanky with brown eggs using strong vinegar to etch part or all of the design! Colors can be added after the etching, too. Instructor will provide designs. Students wishing to try their own designs must email the instructor ( at least one week before class to determine suitability for this workshop. All supplies provided in the workshop (with the choice of stylus to use: delrin, traditional or medium tip electric kistka).

During the period of Lent preceding Pascha, or Easter, Ukrainians write pysanky, or decorate eggs, using ancient symbols. From the deep past, these patterns were thought to imbue the egg with magical powers and ward away evil spirits, and they later took on Christian meanings. Join us at the Center to continue this age-old tradition as we get ready to welcome spring.

Advanced class (age 14+) and must have written at least 12 eggs prior to class.

Guest Instructor: Emily Robbins
Emily Robbins comes from a Ukrainian Orthodox clerical family on her mother’s side. She has practiced the art of pysanky since age 7, and has taught the craft since 1986 at many institutions including museums, universities, and churches in the United States. Born in Manhattan, she now resides on the Upper West Side and works as an editor.

Cost: $25. All materials included.

Donations are gratefully accepted. 

Seating is limited to 10 participants per session, so register early!


This in-person workshop will take place at the:
UHEC Library
135 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

Questions, contact the UHEC at 732-356-0132 or email


April 6th, 2024 from 10:00 AM to  1:00 PM