Lithuanian Easter Egg Etching Workshop - Balzekas Museum, Chicago

Sat Mar 16 2024 at 01:00 pm to 03:30 pm


Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Publisher/HostBalzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Lithuanian Easter Egg Etching Workshop - Balzekas Museum, Chicago
Learn how to make Lithuanian Etched Easter Eggs with folk-artist Don Astras, who will instruct you in the etching/scratch technique!
About this Event

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Join us on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, for our popular annual Easter Egg decorating workshop using the traditional Lithuanian surface etching technique. All instruction is in English.

WHAT TO BRING: Each participant is asked to bring 6 hardboiled and dyed eggs to the workshop. Preregistered participants will receive information on how to dye eggs using natural onion skin with their registration confirmation email. But eggs colored with commercially available dyes are also accpetable. Etching tools will be provided.

Participants will receive additional patterns and designs by the late Ursula Astras, the folk-artist who taught the workshops at the Museum for many years and whose son, Don, and his wife, Kathy, now instruct the class. [Mrs. Astras's detailed egg designs appear in the last photo below. Information about Mrs. Astras's life and work can be found on]

Participants will be invited to tour the Museum's collection of Easter eggs by Mrs. Astras as well as by the late Ramute Plioplys, a folk artist who pioneered innovative egg engraving methods for raw hollow eggs using dental tools.

Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available on Pulaski Rd. in front of the Museum; along 65th Street; and in the parking lot behind the Museum. Overflow parking is available on sidestreets in the surrounding neighborhood as well as across the street at the Republic Bank Parking lot at 6501 S. Pulaski Rd.

For more information about this workshop and/or other events at the Balzekas Museum, please call 773-582-6500 or visit our website:

This program is partially supported by the members and private donors of the Balzekas Museum and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) through a CityArts grant. The Balzekas Museum gratefully acknowledges all contributors and welcomes donations in support of its folk-arts programming.

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BALZEKAS MUSEUM OF LITHUANIAN CULTURE, 6500 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, United States


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