Decorative Eggs

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

Location: In School

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


Teacher Feedback

I have done clay projects with you for as long as I can remember. Once again, everything was AMAZING! We have a new grade partner this year who had never been, and she absolutely loved it! The instructors are always excellent, They explain and guide the students in manageable chunks to make it easy for the kids to follow along. I love that you allow extra parents to come and assist. I especially like that the projects are always connected to the curriculum! Thanks again.

Bishop David MotiukGr 3, “Nunavut Kayaks” Clay Program

The Peru and Indigenous Peoples of Canada program perfectly connected Gr 3 Social Studies content with some Gr 4 Social Studies content. We had lots to talk about after.

Lynnwood SchoolGr 3/4, “Peru and the Aboriginal People of Canada” Museum program

The instructor was amazing. She engaged the students in the Métis culture. The activity was hands on and informative.

St. Edmund SchoolGr 4 “Metis Contemporary Beading” Gallery Indigenous In-School Program