Special Event – Introduction to Watercolor: Painting the Winter Landscape


Join us for a special event on Saturday, December 7th, ‘Introduction to Watercolor: Painting the Winter Landscape’ with instructor Robert O’Brien. 

 Painting the beautiful New England winter landscape in watercolor will be explored in this one-day workshop. Glazing techniques and layering of the subtle tints of snow will be introduced. Value, composition and painting light and shadow will be emphasized. Students will work from photo reference and learn to create a finished painting from a favorite winter subject. The instructor will demonstrate his approach and will provide hands on guidance to each student. A critique will be held at the end of the session.

Instructor Robert O’Brien

Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O’Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. Vermont, with its distinct four season climate, provides the artist with a wealth of subject matter and ever changing light effects.

The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven “to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings” before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of “progress”.

Since 1998, Robert O’Brien has traveled often to Southern France. The region’s sun-splashed landscape and timeless quality of light has added a new dimension to the artist’s paintings.

CMS Closed on Thanksgiving Day

The Claremont MakerSpace will be closed to the public on Thanksgiving day, but will be open as usual on Friday, 11/29. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Other Upcoming Events

3D Print Club

Every Tuesday, 6 PM

Join us for 3D PRINT CLUB! Every week, we’ll get together and participate in an open design session. This event is all about self-directed learning and hanging out with other people working on 3D designs or prints. Bring your own laptop or make use of the (first come-first-serve) Makerspace laptops loaded with Fusion 360.

Game Night

Saturday, November 23rd, 3:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us for a night of board games at the CMS. What better way to spend a chilly November evening than playing games and making new friends? All are welcome! We plan on making this a monthly meetup if people enjoy it.  Various board and card games will be available. (Or bring something you’d like to share!) Game night begins at 3 and will end dependent on participants showing up. Suggested age 12 & up. Please register so that we are aware of your planned attendance.

Make A Small Sign

Monday, November 25th, 5:30 – 7 PM

The Claremont Makerspace ShopBot is a versatile tool that can be used to make toys, furniture and with certain bits, elegant lettering for signs.  In this introductory class we will do a demo of the ShopBot’s text capabilities and participants will leave with a small sign with their chosen text which then can be finished. 

Note: This class will include a basic demo of the ShopBot’s text capabilities. For a more in-depth overview of the machine, please sign up for one of our Intro to CNC Routing classes.

Home Schoolers: Adventures in Art

Mondays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 10 am – Noon.

Art is fun and it encompasses all the fundamental disciplines. History, math, science, literature, humanities, all inform and enliven our art. We will look at the greatest of human achievements and from those lofty heights we will create our own art work. Students will draw, paint, print, create craft projects and more. We will focus on the up coming holidays in our December classes. Join Allison Zito at Claremont Maker Space for this creative and exciting program.  Age 6 & up.

Beginner Zentangle

Monday, December 2, 6 – 8 PM.

Zentangle® is a simple-to-learn method to create beautiful art by drawing simple patterns. The process is a mindful and meditative art form that some use to enhance creativity, increase focus, or just to relax. In this class, participants will learn philosophy, method, and approach to creating Zentangle art. Students will put pen to paper and learn to tangle beautiful patterns on small square paper tiles. All materials will be provided by the instructor in class. If you can draw a line and very basic shapes, you can create beautiful work! No artistic experience is required, but artists looking to incorporate something new into their practice are welcome.  Ages 12 & up. 8 – 12 allowed with parent/ guardian accompaniment.

We’ve got even more classes/events on the calendar, so check out the full line up HERE.

Interested in teaching a class at CMS? We recently updated our site with information on how you can share your skills at CMS.

Questions about upcoming classes, events or the Claremont MakerSpace in general? Let us know at info@twinstatemakerspaces.org.

Happy Makin,’

The Claremont MakerSpace Team