Mindful Watercolors

Learn how watercolors can help you become more aware as you create unique paintings in this interactive workshop. Ricky Sears has developed a breathing patterns painting technique that allows your natural breathing rhythm to create beautiful paintings. This workshop introduces tools you can use including movement, breath work, music, and art through brief activities to help reduce stress, improve awareness, and breathe more mindfully. Whether or not you’ve ever painted before, learn how to follow the steps using wet-on-wet painting techniques to increase your confidence using brushes to control watercolors in different paintings. Art supplies provided by instructor. Beginners welcome!

 

Walking Tour of Mount Pleasant

With its main street, town square, and distinct boundaries, Mount Pleasant still feels like the village it once was. But more than just a feeling links this neighborhood to its 19th century roots. A pre-Civil War era mansion and a handsome collection of village-era houses remain. Historian Mara Cherkasky will guide your group of up to 20 around Mount Pleasant, where you will experience the neighborhood’s original street grid, see some of its oldest buildings, and hear some of its more fascinating stories. Ms. Cherkasky wrote the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Heritage and has also published a book and an article on the neighborhood. She can customize the tour if the group prefers to focus on, for example, Mount Pleasant’s more recent music and/or activism history.

Motorcycles with Alec Mackaye

Motorcycles.

Metal machine music.  Force and arcana written in rust and steel. How things work and why we like to work on them and work for them. The tolerance and limits of moving, meshing metal.

Offering a conversation in an abundantly cluttered, well used work space about why we even care about or like these kinds of things in the age of flat screens, sterile fields, silent silicon factories, virtual experiences and the compulsion of new vs. old.

Dirt. Grease. The beauty in Everything.

Opening up on open roads, dialing it in for city commutes. Sitting for hours with gears and springs trying to make things go.

Bring a friend a spend a couple hours discussing the craft of motorcycle restoration. Alec will show off some recent restoration work and talk about a project in progress.

Alec MacKaye is a Preparator at the Phillips Collection, and wrote the narrative for the book Hard Art, DC 1979.

3D Scanning and Printing Walkthrough

Curious about 3D printing? Artist David Mordini will walk you through the steps from scanning to print. You’ll start with scanning a 3d object with a handheld scanner. Next you’ll learn about the slicing software used to prepare objects for print. You’ll finish with printing a 4” object to bring home.

Time Capsule: You

Experimental Filmmaker Rob Parrish is offering an experience all about you: the creation of an artifact that may seem unnecessary, narcissistic, even uncomfortable now — but may become a treasured artifact as we race away from the present. Rob will spend a day filming you, your family, and/or friends engaged in the routine: visiting your favorite restaurant or park, talking, playing, quietly reading, cooking — in short, just living. However, unlike your own efforts to document yourself, this film will be made from the perspective of a trained observer and stranger. Rob will seek to capture the beauty, humor, and perhaps drama, that is you and your tribe.

Closet Critique and Wardrobe Rescue

What it is: A complete and unemotional foray into your wardrobe and where it resides: Your Closet. Everything will come out of your closet and only what is wearable and meaningful will be returned to what will become your personal boutique. At the end of three hours, you will have considered, evaluated and pruned your existing wardrobe to create real estate in your closet for the things you love and need on a daily basis. And when this is accomplished, you will have fun shopping in your own closet, rediscovering and pairing back garments that have been forgotten and ignored. The discarded garments
will be taken away to a donation center so that they will not creep back into your closet, and a list of recommendations for rounding out your reworked wardrobe will be provided.

Define Your Brand Workshop

Your business is a brand. Get people talking about you the way you want them to. step away from your business to get clarity on what you do, who you do it for, and why you do it. Get Sisarina’s own Rebecca Gunter to conduct a three-hour Define Your Brand Workshop in the comfort of your office.
How it works: The Define Your Brand Workshop begins with a Brand Questionnaire for your team (or a cross section) to complete. This insider know-how gives us the backstory about who you are — as well as if there are any disconnects between what you think you do
versus what your team thinks you do. Afterwards, Rebecca will come to your office for our three-hour workshop, where worksheets, laughter, and sharing ensues. And the real work happens.

Once you complete your workshop, we’ll have a list of finalized statements and values to send you with and you’ll walk away with the language you need to make the best decisions for your business. These are the tools, the words, and the building blocks that inspire your
team to be brand ambassadors, you prospects to become customers, and your partners to keep referring you again and again. And you’ll get Sisarina in your corner cheering you on the entire way.

Unusual Dinner Dates

A date of introspection and delightful conversations through unusual methods. Including the methodical release of peculiar properties that we possess and the lifts of laughter we could all use. The fuel from the energy of entropy and absurdity created during the date will make for a most alluring experience. You will notice a sense of how, why, what, and wow! The wonders that will enter and exit your mouth will be satisfyingly unnumbing. This is a dinner date that you will be hard pressed to forget.

Urban Photography Hike

A seasoned hike leader and photography enthusiast will take you and up to five friends on an urban photography hike. The 3 to 4 mile walk will explore the trails of Rock Creek Park’s Dumbarton Oaks Park, the lavish Woodley Park/Normanstone neighborhood, and the National Cathedral’s grounds, including the Bishop’s Garden and Olmstead Woods. The walk will include brief stops for photographs with tips on composing shots and more. The walk will last approximately two hours.

High End Audio Vacuum Tube Amplifier Company Visit

Linear Tube Audio and Urban Hifi manufacture some of the best amplifiers at any price right here in Takoma Park. We operate a listening room/store with some of the best, most innovative speakers and headphones available today. We make amplifiers designed by one of the leading amplifier designers in the world that happens to live in the DC area, from scratch.

We invite you to bring your most favorite music and visit for a unique experience. You will get a course in current high end audio amplifier technology, as well as headphones, speakers and various analog and digital sources, from the basics to and overview of what recent innovations have changed the marketplace. This also includes encoding, playback platforms,multi-room technology, as well as modern vacuum tube technology vs. old school, high efficiency speakers, electrostatics, etc. We’re happy to discuss any recommendations for what you might be looking for in a personal system.

You can bring digital files, CDs, or records–or we have plenty that you can choose from–and play them using a variety of high-end components that offer an immersive listening experience. We can provide detailed explanations of various technologies (or not), advice on what you are interested in across what is available in the industry, and if you are interested, we will teach you how to solder and construct your own high end audio quality cable.