King Farm Blog
Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Artist helps residents to tap into their creativity
In Martina Sestakova’s art workshop, if you want to paint an apple green instead of red, you paint it green.
Sestakova, a textile designer and painter, is leading a monthly watercolor workshop at Ingleside at King Farm. At the first session in mid-February, participants filled every available seat and painted a fruit bowl based on Sestakova’s sketch.
“Some said, ‘I don’t like the red apple. My apple will be green,’ ” Sestakova said. “I sketched in black marker a very basic template and talked about what fruits they liked.”
Students are welcome to reference the sketch, but most interpret the assignment in their own ways.
One student had no painting experience, while another participant had been painting in oil most of her life but had never done watercolor.
“I work with the students to take the judgment off so they just see what is happening on paper before them,” Sestakova said. “One of the tables laughed the whole time, giggling, chatting and supporting each other.”
Some of the students had a history of being told they were not talented in art.
“They go through their lives thinking they’re not artistic,” she said. But in her workshop, they discover they are creative and imaginative. “I’m finding that no matter what age you are, you want to learn, share and create. This is a space where people can go and explore something new and have a sense of connection with other people.”
Sestakova will be visiting the community once a month. At the next workshop, students will work on landscapes. At the end of each workshop, they have a piece of art to take with them.
Sestakova turns fabric into art, using photos she takes to inspire her designs, and also teaches at various locations in the D.C. area. A native of Prague, she named her Rockville company RADOST, the Czech word for joy. Her work has been featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Hillwood Estate Museum in the District and Strathmore Mansion in Rockville.
Besides stimulating creativity and forging social links, making art has many proven benefits for older people. The process of painting improves dexterity, engages the senses of smell and touch, builds self-confidence and helps to express feelings.
The watercolor workshop is just one way in which Ingleside at King Farm enables residents to live a fulfilled and engaged life. Residents can choose from an extensive menu of classes, lectures, outings and social activities. They are encouraged to pursue their passions and find new ones.
At Ingleside at King Farm, our vision is a retirement lifestyle that supports all aspects of wellness, including keeping minds stimulated and making social connections. If you would like to learn more about this extraordinary continuing care retirement community, please contact us at 240-205-7085 or request information here.