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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.