Childhood Crafts

English: A mix of traditional Ukrainian, diasp...
English: A mix of traditional Ukrainian, diasporan and original pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) – These are soooo much better than what we did as kids!

When you’re a kid you are exposed to so many different things. In art class you get to try painting, clay, drawing, collage, all kinds of things. If you’re really lucky you have a teacher who tries to go above and beyond the normal offerings and teach you something you had never seen before.

In elementary school we had a teacher like that. I wish that I could remember her name, I think it may have been Andrea, I just can’t remember. She started a program for students who wanted to spend more time on art, kind of like GAT for creative types. We’d get out of regular classes and have an extra period where we would get to work on extra art projects. One of these projects was pysanky.

If you don’t know what that is, it’s a traditional egg dying technique that is kind of like batik. You draw on the egg using a special stylus that puts hot wax where you want it. You then dye it, apply more wax, dye it in another color, and keep repeating until you’re finished. Then you melt the wax off and you have a multicolored design on your egg.

Of course something went wrong when I dyed mine and at least two of the colors entirely overlapped each other creating some strange frankencolor. But it was a sort of red black combo and I ended up loving it. Now I never explored this technique much after this class, but I still remember how cool it was.

Have you had a teacher or family member teach you something cool/different when you were a kid? What was your favorite art project that you can remember?

2 thoughts on “Childhood Crafts

  1. Hi Wendy!

    Your post immediately brought back fond memories for me of an art teacher I had in both 7th & 8th grade. Her name was Mrs. Secker and she always came up with some innovative things for us to do. One that stands out was finding a photo in a magazine of an animal’s face. I found one of a lion. We folded the image in half and glued it to our sheet of drawing paper. Our assignment was to draw the other half of the face. Part of what that taught us is the two halves of any face are not identical. I thought that was fascinating. Thanks for bringing that memory back to life!


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