In ancient times, eggs symbolized new life and birth. In the Ukraine, egg decorating became a treasured art that was passed down from generation to generation.

Pysanky comes from the Ukrainian word “pysaty” meaning “to write”. The design is written with beeswax on a raw, white egg. Between each successively darker dye, more wax writing is added to cover up and preserve each colour in the final design. After the final background colour the egg is warmed up for easy wax removal and a completed design is revealed.

Please note: This program is only offered in the months of March, April, and May unless multiple class bookings are requested.

Class Preparation
Please cover desks and tables with paper before the instructor arrives. Kraft paper is best for clay and messy workshops. A large central table is needed for some workshops, such as Decorative Eggs, Inuit Inspired Printmaking, and Linoleum Printing. Access to water is essential for cleanup whether it be a sink in the classroom, bathrooms, or a large bucket filled with water. Remember to wear nametags and remember to dress for art!

Note: instructor must stay in one room for the entire day when 3 programs are booked.

Visual arts workshops enhance school curricula in social studies, language arts, science, religion and math, as well as art. Professional artist facilitators encourage students to express themselves visually. Hands on workshops offer students unique opportunities to explore a variety of materials, equipment and techniques not often available in regular school programs.

Inspirational artist-led demonstrations provide technical instruction and guidance. An art history perspective enriches programs where applicable. The highest priority is to stimulate each student’s imagination and creativity.

In-School Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee of based on 16 students)
  • Added travel fee of $65 for St. Albert and $95 for Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to:
Arts and Heritage St. Albert, Suite #200
20 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or

Information and Policies


What People are Saying about Decorative Eggs

“The children LOVED the experience and I was very pleased to be able to offer it to all of our Grade Threes…we all totally enjoyed our morning…Thanks again for your flexibility! I always highly recommend this program.” – teacher from Wild Rose Elementary

“The students really enjoyed the experience of decorating eggs. I appreciated how well the program was run.” – teacher from Ecole St. Angela

Total Time

1.5 hours


Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Holidays, Social Studies


In-school field trip