I am honored to be an instructor at VisArts in Rockville, MD. This is a really cool non-profit that has an amazing array of art classes open to the public. I teach several classes there and on July 17, I lead "From Photograph to Modern Art". This class explored inspiration and how to overcome artistic block through a fun process. We used black and white photos to study lines, shapes, and textures, and then created a large scale abstract watercolor inspired by our findings. No experience necessary - I guide you through the whole process. Be on the look out for classes coming up in September!
I taught a fun class - "Let's Zentangle" - in Poolesville, MD, on July 17. A lovely group eager to learn this meditative art technique. We used just a few tools: white paper tiles and pens. And ... we created amazingly intricate artworks!
The lovely Mary of Distinct Studios is looking so wonderful in my “Rivers of Our Lives” scarf. Surrounded by art and wearing cool earrings, she surely can strike a pose for this selfie. This scarf celebrates the twists and turns of our lives and with its golden hues warms up any outfit. I am so grateful to Mary for supporting my textile design work.
I popped over to OAK in Kensington, MD, where the lovely Gayle kindly features my abstract watercolors in her shop. I am loving the display. My art adds a touch of color throughout the store and will do the same in your home. All of my pieces have names and a strong intention to bring joy to your day.
I love making my oversized pillows out of t-shirts that have been of meaning to my customers. Look at this cool pillow! It's huge and it's full of memories and great moments. This particular one is a gift for a guy going off to college. It will be a perfect addition to his dorm room. Interested in getting a pillow made just for you? Contact me.
I moved to Kensington, MD, and one of my favorite places to teach art classes is five minutes away from my new home. Today's class was wonderful. We painted an interior scene in watercolors and my students had such a fun time. I truly enjoy working with seniors. It brings me much joy to see how they blossom in my classes and discover variety of artistic mediums they have not tried before. I am already looking forward to my new class!
"Love love my new "Show Off Like a Peacock" scarf! A big thank you, Martina!"
~Cindy (New York, USA)
So cool to see my RADOST by Martina Sestakova colorful scarves at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Marketplace! I am truly grateful for this opportunity to share my designs at this wonderful event!
I am excited to share my abstract watercolors with you on Instagram! Check out my original watercolors on yupo paper. They are all 4” x 6” and you can purchase them framed at $34. They are all about visual insights into life's experiences and come with names and short stories. Enjoy!
What a lovely group of students in my 3D paint mandala class at Femme Fatale DC on June 21, 2018! We learned about the history of mandalas and then created unique artworks of our own. Inspiration came from all kinds of places: lace, sound waves, ancient cave dwellings ... And that's the beauty of the classes I teach: the togetherness and the endless ways of expressing oneself creatively.
A very fun art class today, organized by Poolesville Area Senior Center - PASC (thank you for having me!). Students ranged from 5 years and up. This lovely group created beautifully colorful mandalas with 3D paint. Another class coming on July 17! This time we will learn all about zentangle art.
These colorful scarves will be available at The Muse shortly! It’s been so fun to design custom Frederick-inspired scarves just for this amazing gift shop! The patterns have pictures of the famous church spires and the colorful windows seen around town! Stop by to check these fun Spring designs.
My first time at Grand Avenue Market in Takoma Park, MD, was a fun and colorful experience! I was there with my handcrafted RADOST textiles (scarves, bags, tops, and pillows). Locals came out to listen to music, grab yummy food, and shop a variety of cool arts. Thanks for having me!
Such a fun visit with Gayle at OAK in Kensington, MD! She been such a wonderful supporter of my abstract watercolors as gifts for her customers. Stop by check out a new selection of my artwork. And I am loving my new earrings I just got at the shop. Feeling sharp and fabulous!
I taught a watercolor class on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Ingleside retirement community in Rockville, MD. I work with independent living residents and with individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. Yesterday's class was a wonderful mix. A resident, who has known about my classes for a long time but was hesitant to come, finally joined in on the fun and kept telling me how much fun she was having! She regretted waiting this long - she worried she could not paint. Another student, one with Alzheimer's disease, delved into the task and just loved it. She painted the most colorful bouquet of tulips. So many stories, so much fun in class. This is why I teach: to bring joy to people's lives. Thank you for having me, Ingleside!
What a fun class yesterday at VisArts! We learned about the creative process, mixed a bunch of mediums, and created large scale abstract watercolors. A truly a delightful evening. I am teaching this class (From Photograph to Modern Art, Abstract Watercolor Workshop) again in July so sign up soon. No experience necessary. Just show up with a heart open to creative exploration!
Fun times at Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD, setting up a fresh display of my colorful RADOST scarves with art curator Gabrielle Tillenburg. One of my scarves sold during setup! I am honored to share my designs at this cool art institution. After setup I enjoyed the beautiful art on display and will definitely be back for more. Stop by and check out my #storiesinfabrics!
I enjoyed a lovely evening of blues music at the Town Center in Silver Spring, MD, on June 6, 2018. A crowd gathered to enjoy music and to shop a variety of local crafts. I was there with my colorful RADOST scarves and bags. Thank you for having me!
Great visit with Mary Welch Higgins of Distinct Studios at the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Thank you for the lovely tour. Alexandra Sherman and I truly enjoyed it. Beautiful art; great company. Hope to be back soon!
From a customer of mine who purchased photographic prints from my series called "Rust Is an Artist" - these photographs were on display at The Muse in Frederick, MD, earlier this year and my "Through the Eyes of Mark Rothko" photograph is now featured at 505 North Gallery & Studio in the same town.
"I am displaying your photos in my dining room and entry hallway alongside some aerial landscapes, including some from farms. I love the contrast of macro vs micro. The 'Rothko' is going to go over my bed but I haven't decided which actual Rothko print to pair with it yet."
~Clayton (Washington, DC)
It’s fun to see how my photographs are displayed in ways I would not think of. Gift & Gather in Occoquan, VA, is mixing a basket setup with a wall and what I like is that the prints on the wall are on their side. The photos are to be displayed vertically but I am loving the landscape view: a fresh new view of my abstract photos of surfaces altered by rust. While prints are only 5” x 7”, they add so much color and texture to the space!
Gift & Gather, a lovely store in Occoquan, VA, invited me and three other designers to participate in the 49th Annual Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show! I was there with my RADOST scarves. We had two days of fun learning from each other despite weather impacting the festival experience with high heat on Saturday and steady rain on Sunday. It's always so wonderful to spend time with women who are pursuing their ideas and carving their place in the world of artisan made products. Thank you Gift & Gather for your hospitality!
From left: Suwachi of Wooden Pencil Co., Riina of Riina Mettas Jewelry, Ruth of Ruthie Line Jewelry, and Martina of RADOST.
I got my fashion degree from Academy of Art University in 2017 and now have the privilege to have my designs - travel pouches with AAU logo and RADOST scarves - featured at the school's San Francisco store, Shop657. If you are in town, stop by!
On June 2, 2018, the Gift Shop section of the Femme Fatale Pop-up Store in Washington, DC, held a market featuring designs by 19 different women entrepreneurs. I was not able to be there in person but my RADOST scarves were on display available for grabs. What a wonderful way to learn about local small businesses. Check out us until the end of July at 4620 Wisconsin Ave (near Tenleytown Metro). See you soon!
Ok, so this class at Femme Fatale DC on May 31 may now be one of my favorite classes ever ... I just had so much fun teaching a fun mandala technique during "Mindful Art: Discover Your Inner Beauty in a Photo Mandala" workshop. I am so humbled by the experiences teaching is bringing my way and so excited to meet lovely people through this amazing popup! We chatted about the meanings of mandala and created them using colorful photos. Everybody enjoyed themselves and we laughed and connected over our interest in creative journeys. I am excited about upcoming art classes. Check the at Femme Fatale DC calendar!
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