Capital Ukrainian Festival Workshops

    Zonia Keywan for New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

    Visitors to the Capital Ukrainian Festival in Ottawa (July 19-21) will have a chance to try their hand at traditional Ukrainian arts and crafts through a series of one-hour workshops, which will be held in the basement of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, 952 Green Valley Crescent. Pre-registration is advised as the workshops fill up quickly. To register, and to see the full schedule and costs, go to “Things to Do” – “Week-end workshops” on the Festival website:

    The 2019 workshop line-up includes some new activities:

    Korovai – Art of the Wedding Bread.
    Instructor: Luda Lussier ( ) . In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the origin and symbolism of the traditional wedding korovai. After a demonstration, they will try their own hand at making korovai decorations.

    Glass Painting.
    Instructor: Ihor Mykytyn. This ancient art from, used for sacral paintings since the Middle Ages, involves applying paint to a piece of glass, then viewing the image through the reverse side. After a demonstration, participants will have the opportunity to make their own glass painting.

    Workshops back by popular demand:

    Icons – Windows to Heaven.
    Instructor: Olenka Hanushevska Galadza. Following a brief introduction to the rationale, history and process of icon-painting, participant will try their hand at recreating a simplified icon.

    Pysanky – Ukrainian Egg Painting.
    Instructors: Bozena Hrycyna and instructors from Folk Camp Canada, Participants will learn the ancient art of pysanka-making using the wax-resist “batik” method. Due to high interest, this workshop is offered twice. Minimum age: 8+.

    Motanka Dolls.
    Instructor: Nataliya Chabanyuk. Formerly considered protection against evil spirits, today, motanka dolls are popular gifts for holidays and special occasions. Made of various natural materials, the dolls are filled with fragrant herbs and decorated with embroidery and other ornaments.