Crisp Museum to Host Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops April 9-10


Two workshops on Pysanky, the Ukrainian art of egg decorating, are being offered April 9-10 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The workshops, led by artist and teacher Barbara Duncan, are planned from 1-4 p.m. both days and will be held in the Museum classroom.

Participants will learn the rich history of legends, superstition, folklore and symbolism behind Pysanky. Duncan will demonstrate surface design and handling techniques that participants will use to create their own Pysanky egg with rich dyes and designs using a wax resist process.

The name Pysanky comes from the verb “to write.” A stylus, called a kistka, is used to write with wax on the egg shell.

Cost for this workshop is $5 and registration is required by April 3. Supplies will be provided. This event is open to ages 9 and up and no experience is required.

Register by calling (573) 651-2260 or email

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email