Decorative Eggs

Grade(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12


Program Delivery: In School

In ancient times, eggs symbolized new life and birth. In 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.

This program is offered seasonally in March and April.


  • Social: Communities in Canada; Canada's dynamic communities; Connecting with the world (Ukraine); Communities in the world; Global citizenship
  • Art: Lines, Symmetry, Pattern


Student Outcomes

  • Create a message in artworks through the use of patterns, signs, and symbols
  • Create art for enjoyment
  • Creates, values, reflects upon and appreciates the cultural aspects of art