Discover Ukrainian culture or reconnect with your Ukrainian roots through hands on cooking and craft classes. Come to the Ukrainian Center to experience firsthand our engaging adult workshops and classes that range from 2 hour classes to multi-week courses. Call 612-379-1956 or email with questions.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required unless otherwise indicated.

Register and pay on Eventbrite (links are in each event)  no later than  one week BEFORE class begins!

NOTE: Materials included in the registration fee unless indicated otherwise. Finished products may be taken home (when applicable). All activities and events must be cancelled a minimum of 1 week in advance to receive a refund.


Dates for 2020: March 21, 28, April 4, 18

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register and pay on Eventbrite

Handmade pysanky

In these small hands-on workshops in the art of Ukrainian egg decorating, you will learn the basics of pysanky, a Ukrainian tradition of using wax and dye to decorate eggs in celebration of Easter. No prior pysanky making experience is required. You will learn the entire pysanky making process, starting with dividing the egg into sections, penciling in the elements of the design, applying the molten wax, dying the egg in several steps and finishing it by removing the wax. You’ll start by creating a simple, 2 or 3 colored pysanka, and then learn the more advanced techniques to design pysanky with decorative patterns from various regions of Ukraine. These intricate and unique designs can be enjoyed all year round and make a wonderful gift for you or a loved one. Your materials fee includes 3 different sized kistkas, wax and all the instructions to continue creating your pysanky eggs at home.

What to expect: We will be working with dyes so make sure you wear something you don’t mind getting dirty! You are welcome to work on as many eggs as you would like for the duration of the class. You can bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to help keep your creativity fed!

Instructor Bios

Ally Perchyshyn has been making pysanky since the age of three. She was taught by her grandmother, Luba Perchyshyn, a renowned pysanka artist whose work is on permanent display at the White House in Washington D.C. Her family has kept the tradition of pysanky alive through their Minneapolis-based store, Ukrainian Gift Shop. The oldest Ukrainian arts and crafts store in the U.S., the Ukrainian Gift Shop sells pysanky-making kits to people all over the world, including Ukraine. Ally’s artistry expresses itself in many forms, including folk dance with Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Pysanky-making has been a huge part of her life and she is thrilled to share it with all of you.

Olga Dovgopola is an artist from Kyiv region, Ukraine. Her mediums of choice include Pysanky, Batik, Acrylic and embroidery. She is a graduate of the Kiev Institute of Fine Arts with an Artist Master of Embroidery degree. Olga’s most notable work here, in Minnesota, is traditional and modern interpretations of Pysanky. Olga enjoys teaching Ukrainian Easter Egg making and sharing her Ukrainian heritage with a wider Twin Cities community.

Pysanky by Olga Dovgopola