Never too early: DIY holiday gifts at Pellissippi State

pysanky dyed eggs

It’s never too early to look for gift ideas for the holidays — and Pellissippi State Community College offers a do-it-yourself opportunity to make creative holiday gifts.

Learn the ancient batik dye process of creating pysanky, eggs dyed using a Ukrainian wax-resist method, in non-credit courses this fall. The elaborately decorated eggs make unique and beautiful tree ornaments or gifts.

Pysanky: The Art of Ukrainian Egg Dyeing will be held from 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 10. Cost is $79 plus a $55 materials fee. Create two to three ornaments from eggshells, learning the process from blowing and prepping the shells to varnishing the dyed product.

Pysanky Jewelry: Designing Batik Eggshell Jewelry will be held from 7-9 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 9. Cost is $79 plus a $65 materials fee. Using the same classic Ukrainian batik art, make earrings and matching pendant or brooch from goose eggshells.

Pysanky Sampler: Batik Ornaments in a Day will be held from 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5. Cost is $45 plus a $15 material fee. Create an ornament or hanging art display.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts art exhibit on Schindlers’ lives

Schindlers with workers
Oskar and Emilie Schindler, far left, with workers from their Fabryka Emalia enamel factory in Krakow.
Pellissippi State Community College will host an exhibit on the lives of Oskar and Emilie Schindler, who put their own lives at risk to save 1,200 people from concentration camps during World War II.
 
The exhibit tells the story of the Schindlers’ lives — as made famous in the film “Schindler’s List” — using texts and photographs, many never published before.
 
The exhibit, open from Sept. 25 to Oct. 6, is free to attend. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
 
During a reception from 3-5 p.m., Sept. 25, history instructor Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson will be on hand to briefly discuss the historical impact of the Schindlers and their actions.
 
The Oskar and Emilie Schindler Exhibition is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
 
For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Announcements: Marble City 5, Faculty Lecture Series

The Arts at Pellissippi State will host its first musical performance of the academic year, Vance Thompson and the Marble City 5, at 8 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center of Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free to attend. The Arts at Pellissippi State is an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.
 
Pellissippi State Community College philosophy faculty member David Howell will deliver the first Faculty Lecture Series event of the year, “Evolution is Smarter than You,” 12:45-1:45 p.m., Sept. 14, in the Goins Building Auditorium of Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Howell will examine the ways evolution works beyond our immediate understanding, how it benefits the individual … and how it does not. The event is free to attend. The Faculty Lecture Series is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pursue lifelong learning at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Explore Appalachian history, learn more about investing or even master basic digital photography skills through lifelong learning classes at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus throughout the month of September.

Two classes in the “Our Appalachia” series will explore the history and biology of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each class will grant attendees 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which may count towards teacher continuing education requirements.

  • Critters in the Coves and on the Crags — Wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. Learn the lore and legends regarding wildlife in the Smokies.
  • Family, Faith & Freedom — The Scots-Irish in the Southern Mountains, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 11-Oct.23. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. Explore the heritage of the Scots-Irish in Appalachia.

Other non-credit courses offered beginning in September:

  • Basic Digital Photography, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 12. Cost is $119. Learn the basics of exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Bring your own digital SLR or point-and-shoot camera with manual mode.
  • Demystifying Investing, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28. Cost is $39. Explore the investment tools and strategies that can help you reach your financial goals.

For more information about lifelong learning at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.  To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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