Pintadinho’s colony: Pysanka’s Workshop – Ukrainian Egg Decorating Tradition.

It was held on 22nd and 23rd of May, the seventh stage of the project “Pysanka – Ukrainian Crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina, locatrd in Pintadinho, inside of Porto União, SC.

It was the first time that the community received a workshop dedicated to the preservation of Ukrainian culture, and the participants showed great interest in the techniques of Pysanka’s art. There we could hear interesting stories of how Mrs. Nadia Terezinha Demedi and Mrs. Ana Maria Lessenko Kalichak, about the methods their parents used to cook Pysanka, using natural pigments and tools tailored for themselves, which shows that the workshop did not come to teach something new, but rescue a knowledge that was forgotten by community.
We hope this incentive provided through the project make resurface and people could recover the Ukrainian traditions, especially the art of Pysanka!

Colônia Pintadinho - Porto União-SC - Brasil

The workshop was made possible through the Bid Elizabeth Anderle Culture Stimulus, sponsored by the Foundation Santa Catarina  of Culture – Government of the State of Santa Catarina, and coordinated by the artist  Vilson Kotviski.

Ukranian Pysanka’s Workshop on Três Barras community – Santa Catarina”

The city of Três Barras, located on the Northern Plateau of Santa Catarina received the eighth workshop of the Project “Pysanka – Ukrainian Crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina.”
It was recently inaugurated the new temple, which stands with its domed Byzantine-style landmark of Ukrainian churches. But the outbreak of the community in Três Barras happened in the 60s, and since this, it was the first time that a Pysanka workshop was held there.

In each workshop we found intrinsic knowledge of Ukrainian culture, and Three Bars, highlight the account of Mrs. Josefa Olinek (69): “When we were young we did the halunkas for Easter, drawed eggs with flowers, twigs and used beeswax then we cooked with flowers, yerba mate or onion for color. ” This demonstrates that the cultural baggage that immigrants have brought and that they continued showing up in Brazil, and that it still changing to be adapted and giving conditions to exist.

The workshop was made possible by the Edict Elizabeth Anderle Culture Stimulus, with the coordination of artists and Oksana Sliwinski Kotviski and Vilson Kotviski.

Pysanka’s Course in Canoinhas-SC: Project “Pysanky – Ukrainian crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina” – Vilson José Kotviski

pysanka course in Canoinhas - Santa Catarina, south Brazil

The sixth workshop of the project “pysanka –  Ukrainian crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina”  was held last weekend, 24th and April 25th in the city of Canoinhas-SC.
The enthusiasm of the participants was reflected in the work, the workshop was very productive, and surprised by quality of the first revealed pysanka. The “Mothers Club” of the community have been mobilized during the workshop to follow up, scheduling new meetings to do the pysanka. Also some ladies of the “Nucleus of Women Entrepreneurs of Canoinhas” expressed concern that the Ukrainian community will participate in monthly exhibitions of handicrafts, demonstrating the ancient art of pysanka made by people in the city.
With the support of the Ukrainian local community, through the priest Mark Andreiv and religious the Order of St. Basil the Great, the workshop was coordinated by Vilson Kotviski and Oksana Sliwinski Kotviski.

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Rio da Areia’s Colony: Pysanka’s Cultural Workshop (ancient Ukrainian tradition)

The ancient art known as Ukrainian eggs pysanka, was the subject of cultural workshop held at the Rio da Areia’s Colony (a town of Canoinhas-SC). In an atmosphere of tranquility, the students could learn the techniques for making pysanka, through the coordination of José Vilson Kotviski.

The Ukrainian community in Rio da Areia boasts one of the few Ukrainian wooden churches that still exist in Santa Catarina. One of the participants, Rose Mari Baiji (40) stated saying that “learn the art of pysanka always was a dream, but  they never had the opportunity. Now I can pass on to my children. “


The pysanka are the symbol of Easter for the Ukrainians. Bring, however, printed on thin and fragile eggshell, the story of an ancient civilization whose roots go to the dawn of time.

Fragile and delicate in appearance, the pysanka through time tell us he story of hardworking people, educated, creative and more than just it, they were great dreamers who seeks to transfer to the surface of the  white egg, a rich and unique symbolism. Traces decided, undulating forms and colors of spring on the prairies and steppes are the purest expression of feelings and desires of infinitive peace, eternity, health, wealth and belief in the superiority of God.
The Ukrainian immigrant was able to preserve this art through the teaching of mother to child. Moreover, searching, discovered new pigments, incorporating the hues of nature of the new land.

Worshiping and spreading now for over a century this tradition, the Ukrainians and their descendants who have to bring more organic and depth of Ukrainian folk art, the pysanka.

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Location of Craveiro: Ancient Art of Ukrainian Eggs (Pysanka)

Igreja Ucraniana - Localidade Craveiro

The contemporaneous art of pysanka was demonstrated in the town of Craveiros on 10th and 11th of april 2010, by the fourth workshop of the cultural project “Pysanka – Crafts Ukrainian, Brazilian, Catarinense.”
Craveiros is a rural municipality of Santa Terezinha-SC, where we met a young Ukrainian reall lively and participatory. According to reports of staff, it was the first time it happened, a course were everyone was really excited for the opportunity and for the results. Sister Emily, who worked for the class organization, thanked on behalf of the community, and asked  to never forgetfor the future projects the town of Craveiros, which gave her a great reception for everybody.

The course was coordinated by Vilson Kotviski, one of the exponents of the art of pysanka in Brazil, author of “pysanka – from Ukraine to Brazil” (2004) and the DVD “The Art of Painting pysanka” (2007).

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Pysanky Course in Mafra-SC: the tradition of Ukrainian egg art

The Ukrainian Community of Mafra-SC received the third workshop of the Project “Pysanka – Ukrainian, Brazilian and Catarinense’s crafts” realized on 20th and 21st March 2010.
The course was very productive and has revealed many talents. More than just Mafra’s people had taken part, we also had representatives of the Ukrainian community of Guaramirin-SC, who moved from his city, especially to attend the workshop.
The workshops participants reported on their questionnaires, that they were very satisfied and that would like to have more time on doing this enjoyable activity, and more, they showed enthusiasm of learning. On Sunday, many visitors might know the first pysanka’s products that were made in the workshop and they also had a brief explanation from the coordinator Kotviski, who had a great knowledge about art and about the project, funded by the Bid of Anderle Elizabeth a Stimulus to the Culture.

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Pysanky – courses, lectures, workshops – Vilson José Kotviski

We give classes for courses, lectures or workshoops, in order to spread out the ukrainian art of pysanky creation.

The courses normally take three days, totalizing a 24 hours-lesson, no exceeding 20 students per group, aiming to situate the attendent through the millenarian art of pysanky and also teaching this painting technique, propitiating an integrated learning for the historical context, simbolism and the confection of this particular and artistic pieces of ukrain culture. Within the course, students actively participate of all the process of pysanky confection, acquiring the knowledge of the art technique.

Pysanky workshop in União da Vitória-PR. Coordination: Vilson José Kotviski

At fairs, congresses or expositions where it is required demonstrations of this art by worskshops or lectures form, we can come up with different proposals, according to the event.

Further information, please cotact us.   Vilson José Kotviski.

Workshop Pysanky – Crafts in Ukrainian Eggs: Ukrainian Community of Jangada do Sul

The Ukrainian Orthodox Community of Cologne Jangada do sul (Porto União-SC) received 06 days in March 7th,2010 and the first workshop of the project “Pysanka – Crafts Ukrainian, Brazilian, Santa Catarina”. Participants from many  ages and groups took part of the workshop, it was very productive and was prepared many and beaultiful pysankas. According to the teacher Paolyck Alda (64), this workshop is a dream becoming true, “because I always wanted to know the process of making the pysanka, but never had the opportunity. The youth of the community living in the rural area, were very interested and were excited to continue, mainly because they already have the necessary materials. Even further meetings will be scheduled for making pysankas.The bill, authored by Vilson Kotviski, who is one of the winners of the Call Elizabeth Anderle Stimulus Culture (Culture Foundation of Santa Catarina), and though the support of Father Pedro Blachenchen and president Comunity Antonio Seroiska it was possible the realization of this workshop, which rekindled interest in the art of pysanka in one of the first Ukrainian colony in Brazil”.

Coordination of workshops and design: Vilson José Kotviski (

Workshop Pysanka in the country of Caçador- SC (the ancient Ukrainian art in eggs)

The Ukrainian Community of Caçador-SC received on March 13th and 14th one of the “Pysanka – Ukrainian Crafts workshop, Brazil, Santa Catarina” (Bid Elizabeth Anderle Stimulus Culture – Cultural Foundation of Santa Catarina).

The curriculum was developed at the headquarters of SESC – Caçador, and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds took part. The class exceeded expectations, absorbing very content and developing great work. For Leoni Welicz (chairman of the community) the workshop was very important to arouse the interest of ethnic Ukrainian Caçador, who recently wasn’t widely known by local society. He also thanked the coordinators and Oksana Vilson Kotviski the choice of the city, even when dealing with an extreme and distant from other clusters of Ukrainian descent in Brazil.

The materials and expertise provided to the community through the project will be used as next week, during the celebrations of the city’s birthday, which will have a major event in Caçador’s Exhibition Park. On this site there is a beautiful village of ethnic groups, and the house will be offered to Ukrainian workshop pysanka visitors.

Coordination of workshops and design: Vilson José Kotviski (

Pysanky – Ukrainian, Brazilian Craftwork: pysanka workshops, ukrainian easter eggs

The “Pysanky – Ukrainian, Brazilian Craftwork” project was prized by the Culture Stimulus Elisabete Anderle Announcement, promoted by the Santa Catarina State Government. “This announcement was recognized as one of Brazil’s best ideas to value the cultural producers’ work. All the jury representatives got involved and took this project as a model to their States in order to make it come true” says the CEC president, Péricles Prade. “The evaluators stressed the amount of projects. We had a very good extract on what is about the cultural segment about what Santa Catarina’s citizens are able to produce in culture and art terms” completes the Organization and Monitoring Commission president, Leoni Silva. Going back to the cultural production, circulation, research, formation, preservation and spread matter, the Elisabete Arlene Announcement praises seven cultural areas which were subdivided into segments. The  “Pysanky – Ukrainian, Brazilian Craftwork” project  which author is Vilson José Kotviski, was praised as popular arts – folklore and craftwork, and is going to promote ten pysanka workshops in various places such as: Pintadinho e Jangada (Porto União), Irineópolis, Caçador, Três Barras, Canoinhas, Mafra, São Bento do Sul, Papanduva e Itaiópolis. More informations on: – Vilson José Kotviski