Pisanki Demonstration 2008 • Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut Street in Historic Philadelphia

The pisanki derive from an ancient tradition when eggs, the symbol of life, were endowed with magical properties and were thought to ensure both a plentiful harvest and good health. This practice of coloring Easter eggs is very much alive in Poland today as well as enjoyed by Polish people all over the world. There are several techniques for making pisanki including the use of wax flowing from a pipe or funnel, producing richly ornamented designs or the etching of designs onto a previously colored egg. The geometric and floral patterns or the animal and human images produced reveal a high level of craftsmanship and artistry.

These eggs are exchanged among friends and relatives with good wishes. Many American Poles design eggs with the names of their friends written on them. They exchange these decorated eggs with each other during their Easter visitations along with their good wishes.

Students and teachers from St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond.


Students and teachers from Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic School in Bridesburg.


Students and teachers from St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond and Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic School in Bridesburg.

Students and teachers from St. Laurentius School in Fishtown.
Promoting and Preserving Polish Culture at the
Polish American Cultural Center Museum

Ted Leszcynski

On Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in the Polish American Cultural Center Museum Exhibit Hall, students from several schools and adults participated in the treasured Polish and Eastern European custom “Pisanki,” (decorating and coloring eggs for the Easter holiday).

Mr. Ted Leszcynski, who has been demonstrating the art of Pisanki for many years, instructed students from St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond, Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic School in Bridesburg, and St. Laurentius School in Fishtown. All who participated had the opportunity to decorate their own eggs and left with the knowledge and first hand experience of making Pisanki and the ability to share what they learned with family and friends.



Children from Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic School in Bridesburg hard at work at the Pisanki Demonstration.

Children from St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond enjoying the Pisanki Demonstration.

Students and teachers from St. Laurentius School in Fishtown.

Pisanki Instructor Ted Leszcynski helping students from St. Laurentius School in Fishtown.

Students from St. Laurentius School in Fishtown with their teacher Duane Rutkowski.