The Art of the Easter Egg–Part II
WHAT IT IS
My Easter egg collection varies in “wow” appeal and in sentiment. As I happily displayed in my previous Art of the Easter Egg post, I have several pretty little eggs that were decorated by skilled artists. For instance, the shell on this one was cut out by a tiny drill and painted with thickly layered flowers.
I also have a sort of multi-media goose egg, with one side displaying a cross-stitched bunny couple frolicking in a cheerfully painted bunny trail. The other side is filled-up with a lovely tree standing in a flowered field, the tree itself covered with plump blobs of pink-paint buds.
And, nestled among all of these fragile beauties are my real treasures: the eggs that were decorated by my children.
BRING IT HOME
My twin boys attended a German kindergarten when we lived in Bavaria, and I was delighted and impressed (although a bit intimidated) when the request came home that they each were to return to school with three hollowed out eggs, for decorating. This kindergarten teacher was boldly going where no teacher I knew had ever gone before: she was taking a class full of preschoolers and teaching them to decorate fragile, raw, hollowed-out eggs!
Of course, the intimidating part had to do with blowing-out the raw eggs. I fully admit that I’m not the crafty sort, and this is not the kind of task that is generally on my “to do” list for spring. But it wasn’t that hard! We pin-pricked holes in the tops and bottoms of the eggs until they were large enough to get the job done, then fixed a straw over the top hole (the most narrow part of the egg) and blew out the guts. Believe me, if I could do it, anyone could. The advantage of going through all of this, of course, is that the eggs can be kept for years, for display and admiration.
More conveniently, I found pre-blown goose eggs at the Andechs Ostereiermarkt and gladly purchased some for my children. They simply painted them with water colors, and I must add that the larger goose eggs made a very manageable painting surface for kinder.
I continue to be charmed by the variety of ways the children decorated their eggs for these class projects. Some are covered with overlapping pieces of colorful tissue, some are swirled with multicolored paints, some are dripped with wax from melted crayons. I think that the solid colored eggs topped with felt, which lends the appearance of strawberries, are particularly clever. Also clever are the “grassy” egg stands, apparently fashioned from cut toilet paper tubes and green tissue paper.
Also impressive, as well as thoughtful, was the fact that this teacher fastened loops into each egg and attached the children’s names to them. She tied strings to small, light pieces of wood and slipped them inside the egg holes; the wood flattened out parallel to the top of the egg so that the string stays in place. I pack and unpack these fragile treasures each year with such fond memories and such gratitude that my family was able to experience this lovely tradition first-hand.
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
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