The art and craft of pysanky

Lifelong Learning

Several years ago my sister and I attended a weeklong class on artisan bread-baking at the John C Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, North Carolina.  It was kind of like summer camp for adults, except that the setting was spectacular, it runs year round and the food is a whole lot better.  Their website states they “provide experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening” and I can say firsthand they certainly met that goal.

As I absorbed the atmosphere that week, attended class or extra activities, and enjoyed conversations with other campers during our communal meals, I realized that we tend to relegate learning to the young.  Once we graduate from high school, or college, or beyond we don’t always give ourselves the permission to explore new things, to try and possibly fail, or to devote time and energy to an endeavor just for the fun of it.  During that week I talked with many fellow students who were discovering a passion for some new art that they had never known before.  How sweet to see eyes light up as they talked about their class and their projects.

On a more personal note, at the grand old age of 50, I picked up the cello for the first time.  I can honestly say it has been challenging, fulfilling, frustrating, and beyond fun.  My point here?  There is never a “too late” when it comes to learning something new.

If you are interested in learning how to make these pysanky eggs, the next introductory class will be Saturday, August 21, from 9 AM to 12 PM.  You don’t need to bring anything, or know anything, or have any artistic talent.  You just need to come with a youthful curiosity.  See the “Classes” tab above for more information.

One response

  1. Christie Catron

    Hi Teresa!
    What an inspiring website…I love seeing your smiling face. The eggs are stunningly beautiful. I totally agree with your mentality to have an inquisitive mind and a teachable spirit. Love the pic of you with the cello. I am taking piano lessons from a good friend and am really enjoying it. I give myself a break that I am not at the level I hope to be. I love sitting at the keyboard and making simple music for the shear joy of it. I would love to take your class! More info please…Much love, Christie
    PS. Please tell your precious family “hello” for me 🙂

    July 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

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