Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center

СТУДІЙНИЙ ОСЕРЕДОК УКРАЇНСЬКОЇ КУЛЬТУРИ

The Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center (UHSC) was established in 1977 to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Ukrainian culture and traditions through educational and cultural programs. In addition to a folk art collection, the UHSC maintains an extensive Ukrainian library and archives.

Folk Art Collection

The collection includes gerdany (beadwork), embroidery, pysanky (decorated eggs), pottery, leather work, wood work, ceramics, and woven items from many different regions in Ukraine. Some of the items have been reproduced by master traditional artists from pictures or old originals that are deteriorating and in danger of being lost forever. The UHSC is also collecting pictures of folk art from people who are not willing to part with the item but would like to share designs and patterns. Pictures of Ritual Breads (Korovai, Pasky etc.) are greatly appreciated since these items are highly perishable.

Ukranian Library

The UHSC Ukrainian Library houses a collection of many rare artifacts along with a collection of over 5,000 volumes of Ukrainian books. A video loan library is also available for teachers and organizations.

Outreach Program

The UHSC conducts an active outreach program through tours of the folk art collection, workshops, presentations, and traveling demonstrations for various community organizations, schools, and festivals. Workshops in pysanky provide an opportunity to learn about Ukrainian traditions while creating a pysanky using the ancient techniques. For further information or to schedule a presentation contact uhsc@manor.edu or call 215-885-2360 ext. 293. .

Workshops

The UHSC conducts workshops in many of the folk arts depending on interest and instructor availability. For dates and times please go to the Manor College Continuing Education Pages

Beadweaving (gerdany) - beginners
Create contemporary jewelry using modern applications of traditional Ukrainian net weave techniques. Start a new project each week. Instructor: Master Traditional Artist, Olga Kolodij

Beadweaving (gerdany) - advanced
Experiment with new designs based on traditional Ukrainian beadwork techniques. Prerequisite: Beadweaving for beginners or previous net weave experience. Instructor: Master Traditional Artist, Chrystyna Prokopovych

Materials for both beginners and advanced:
Bring your own or purchase from instructor: seed beads - size 10 or 11, NYMO beading thread - size D and beading needles - size 12

Traditional Beadweaving (gerdany)
Create traditional gerdany from different regions in Ukraine. Prerequisite: Beadweaving for beginners or previous net weave experience. Instructor: Master Traditional Artist, Chrystyna Prokopovych

Egg Decorating
Explore the ancient art of decorating using wax to write multi-colored designs on an ordinary egg. Learn the history and traditions associated with Pysanky.

Ukrainian Embroidery - Intermediate
Learn the techniques used in Ukrainian Embroidery. You will learn NYZ, back stitch NYZ, HLAD (satin stitch), Protiahanka, and eyelets. Instructor: Master Traditional Artist, Vera Nakonechny