Slavic Easter Eggs
This program explores the history of drawing/painting eggs, first as a symbol of rebirth from a dark winter in Pagan ritual, and then as a symbol of hope in the Resurrection. From Pagan to Christian, symbols and artistry are key points to understanding what was once the miracle of life, from an apparently inanimate object to the religious practices that finally overlaid the Pagan tradition. Focus will be on the pysanka, a form of batik born in Kievan Rus’ and associated with modern Ukraine. Participants will experiment with the older form of writing with a stylus and candle, and foray into working with modern-day techniques and technology to create pieces of artwork that are both personal and meaningful. This art has been compared to creating and coloring mandalas as a form of creativity and relaxation, due to the aromatherapy of the beeswax used and the brilliant aniline dyes that create art from a very simple canvas. Everyone goes home with their creation.
Photo above: Dr. Czeczulin’s personal collection of eggs; photo below: the simple yet elegant beginner’s template (pysanky.info) we'll use as our guide for this program.
To inform participants of the origins of the pysanka, its symbols, and its status in modernity as an artistic form of expression.
- Interactive history lesson
- Demonstration with hands-on activity
SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS
Website – Pysanka: https://www.pysanky.info/PYSANKY/Pysanka_Home.html
About Annalisa Czeczulin, PhD
Dr. Czeczulin is currently the Director of the M.A.T. Graduate Education Program and an Assistant Professor of Russian at Goucher College. She specializes in Slavic Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. She teaches Russian language, linguistic, and translation courses, and Russian culture courses that include cooking experiences. She has earned two Teaching Excellence awards: one in K-12 and one in post-secondary. Dr. Czeczulin’s research specialties include second-language acquisition, hybrid learning techniques, and learning disabilities. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2003, she co-directed the Summer Russian institute and the Baltimore Center of Russian Language and Culture, and founded and piloted the Johns Hopkins-Dunbar Magnet Health Cooperative Program.
Annalisa Czeczulin is a life-long learner in every sense of the word. She has been baking since she was a two-year-old in her grandmother’s kitchen. She enjoys such diverse hobbies as painting Ukrainian pysanki (egg artwork), gardening, creating honey liqueurs, and baking and cooking. She loves the challenge of sewing without a pattern and recreating recipes based on an original product or imagining one of her own.