Pysanky Decorating Set At Audubon March 23

The Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a class on Pysanky egg decorating on Saturday, March 23. The class is an opportunity to learn the Ukrainian and Polish egg decorating technique, as the gentleman pictured did in an earlier class.

Janelle Turk, Warren artist and teacher, will share her years of experience with pysanky, the Ukrainian and Polish egg decorating technique, at Audubon Community Nature Center, Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will learn the history and tradition of creating pysanky by writing with melted beeswax on the surface of an eggshell using a tool called a kistka. Eggs are then submerged in a variety of different colored dye baths, writing with the kistka at each color stage until the final design is achieved.

Simple division motifs will be explored, along with learning to write the traditional symbols that are found on pysanky. Students will practice mastery of the tools on paper first and will follow the instructor step-by-step to create their first pysanka. Students will then create a second egg of their own design with assistance.

Turk, who first learned to write pysanky as a teenager when her neighbors introduced her to the tradition at Easter, has a masters degree in art from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As an exchange student, she studied at the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Fine Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Pennsylvania State Certified Art Educator has taught middle school and high school art courses since 2008 and pursues a variety of creative interests.

Enrollment is limited. Tuition is $24 or $18 for Nature Center members, with a $25 required materials fee.

The deadline to register is Saturday, by calling 569-2345 during business hours or by going to auduboncnc.org/programs and clicking on “Current Schedule.”

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

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