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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Book: Pysanky – from Ukraine to Brazil, Historical context and illustrated manual of the art – Vilson José Kotviski


The art of creating pysankies – ukrainian decorated eggs, is nowadays a great manifestation of popular culture in the State of Parana (Brazil), and this book come public to present the motivations of such a millenarian art being preserved by ukrainian descendants. The book also brings the history of pysankies, its magic and symbology, and still has an illustrated manual, describing the technique of this art, in a clear and objective way, being a resource to guide anyone who desires to learn pysanky confection. (published in Portuguese – 2004).

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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 (