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Upcoming Classes and Events at the Claremont MakerSpace

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Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

We have an exciting list of upcoming classes at the Claremont MakerSpace that we think might interest you.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about?  Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.

Upcoming Events

Events that are currently open for registration.

Image for Make Something Special - Build a basic cutting boardMake Something Special – Build a basic cutting board

Feb. 3, 2024 12:30 p.m. — Feb. 4, 2024 3:30 p.m.

Would you like to learn how to use basic shop machinery to make a lovely hardwood serving/cutting board?  Then this is the course for you.  Starting with raw lumber you will learn how to make a useful and beautiful piece that can serve you or a special friend for years to come.

You will learn about wood selection, milling it “foursquare”, and designing a layout.  Then you will practice gluing it up and sanding it (wet and dry) before applying mineral oil and beeswax.

All tools, materials, and safety gear will be provided – though, students are welcome to bring their own tools and gear.

About the Instructor(s): Peter Gunn is a long time high school history teacher who loves wood from trees to the table.  Eight years ago he began taking woodworking courses and has been practicing steadily ever since.  He loves working on the lathe and with the jointer and planer to reveal the beauty of wood and make useful things.  Learning to make a cutting board encouraged him to develop his skills and nurtured his appreciation of what wood can become.  During the holidays in 2020, when Covid altered so much of our world, he began making cutting/serving boards to raise money for local food pantries.  Almost three years and over two hundred boards later, he is excited to share his knowledge.  He hopes people will enjoy making something uniquely beautiful and growing their skills and self-confidence in the process.

***This class meets twice***

Saturday, February 3, 2024 12:30pm -3:30pm


Sunday, February 4, 12:30 pm – 3:30pm

Class Fees: $60 CMS members/ $75 non-members

Materials Fee: $25 Included in class fee

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: Any age (children under 16 years old must be accompanied by their adult)

Register for this class now!

Image for February Open Electronics MeetupFebruary Open Electronics Meetup

Feb. 13, 2024 6 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Bring your electronics projects and supplies and have fun visiting with other Electronics Enthusiasts. Work on your projects in our stocked Electronics and Digital Fabrication Lab. In addition to the MakerSpace’s soldering irons, diagnostic tools, and parts library, there will be some LED soldering kits and soldering irons available for purchase as well.

Hang out, finish your projects, think about future projects, and just enjoy being around other electronics enthusiasts.

Tiffany, the electronics shop lead, will be available to help you set up, find parts, and offer support.

Class Fees: Free for members and $5 for non-members.

Materials Fee: None (LED soldering kits and personal soldering irons are available onsite for purchase

Prerequisite(s): None

Skill Level: Any

Age requirement: Youth and adult (15 years and older). Under 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian partner.

Register for this class now!

Image for Open Sew-InOpen Sew-In

Feb. 15, 2024 4 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Bring your sewing projects and supplies and have fun visiting with other Fiber Artists and Enthusiasts. Work on your projects in our roomy and comfortable sewing department. We have plenty of table space and 5 Singer heavy duty sewing machines, irons, ironing board, and a variety of sewing notions to use in the Fiber Arts Studio.
Allison, our shop lead will be available to help with any questions you may have.

About the Instructor: Allison Zito received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has taught Studio Art in the Upper Valley at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Craftstudies at Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, ArtisTree, and Claremont Maker Space with stunning results.  Allison Zito was awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and art educator. In 2019 Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency at The Claremont Maker Space. There she created an art installation addressing the issue of Global Warming and she organized a symposium on site, to inspire positive action within the greater community. Allison created two local public art murals in 2021, one for The Sullivan County Conservation District in Unity and Allison created the Bee and the Monarch Medallions on the Lebanon Art Tunnel Way Pollinator Mural. Making a statement and creating beautiful art as a way to open a conversation that leads to a better world, is the cornerstone of Allison’s career as an artist and art educator.

Age requirement: Adults (18 and older)

Class Fees: Free for members and $5 for non-members.

Materials Fee: None

Register for this class now!

Image for Valentine’s Schmalentine’s - The MakerSpace is my One True Love (members’ meetup)Valentine’s Schmalentine’s – The MakerSpace is my One True Love (members’ meetup)

Feb. 18, 2024 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Show and Tell! Snacks! Creative people!

Bring a guest or two!

About the Instructor(s): That would be you – bring some show and tell!

Class Fees: free!

Materials Fee: Bring some snacks to share if you’d like

Prerequisite(s): membership

Skill Level: all levels

Age requirement: 15 and up

Register for this class now!

Image for Fusible Appliqué basicsFusible Appliqué basics

Feb. 26, 2024 2 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Fusible applique is a fun, easy way to add to your quilts, make colorful pillows or bags, and patch clothing! We will experiment with shapes and decorative stitiching using double sided webbing that becomes an adhesive with heat. Students will go home with a variety of samples that they can refer to for future projects.

About the Instructor(s):  Michelle Goldsmith has been sewing since she was eight and quilting since she was eighteen (no, she’s not doing the math for how long ago that was). She has experimented with many different sewing, quilting and mixed media techniques. She has had many pieces of her work in shows and juried exhibits.

Class Fees:  $15 members/ $25 non-members

Materials Fee: $10 (included in the class fee)

Prerequisite(s): Students should be able to sew by hand and machine

Skill Level: beginner

Age requirement: adults ages 18 and up

Register for this class now!

Image for Learn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting MachineLearn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine

Feb. 29, 2024 4 p.m. — 6 p.m.

Intro to Mid Arm Quilting Machine is designed for people looking to learn how to use our mid-arm quilting machine, a Brother Dream Quilter 15. It can be used to quilt all sizes, from baby quilt to king size. Premade clothing can also be fitted onto the frame for quilting! The cost of the class includes a follow-up certification session. Members may use the machine on their own after passing the certification.

About the Instructors: 

Allison Zito serves as Shop Lead in the Fibers Department at Claremont MakerSpace. She has been teaching The Mid Arm Quilting Classes for six years.

Allison Zito received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a considerable variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has been teaching studio art in the Upper Valley with excellent results at AVA Gallery, Claremont MakerSpace, CraftStudies at The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and Artistree.

Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency in 2019 at Claremont MakerSpace where she created an art installation and symposium to inspire positive action, addressing the issue of Global Warming. In 2021 Allison Zito created an outdoor mural for The Sullivan County Public Cidery Building. She was part of a team of five artists who created a mural in Lebanon, NH. You can see her Bee and Monarch Medallions in the Lebanon Art Tunnel Way.

Allison Zito was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and her work in arts education.

Class Fees: $50/member $60/non-member

Materials Fee: none

Age Requirement: Adults only (18 and older)

Skill Level: All levels

Prerequisites: none

Register for this class now!

Image for Introduction to Photography: Everything you need to know to start taking amazing photos!Introduction to Photography: Everything you need to know to start taking amazing photos!

March 9, 2024 11 a.m. — April 6, 2024 1:30 p.m.

Join us for an immersive journey into the fascinating world of photography. This introductory course is designed for beginners eager to explore the art and science behind capturing captivating images. Through a combination of theory and hands-on practice, you’ll gain a solid understanding of fundamental photographic principles and techniques.

Students need to bring a DSLR or a camera with changeable lenses


March 9, 2024 11:00am to 1:30pm

March 23, 2024 11:00am to 1:30pm

April 6, 2024 11:00am to 1:30pm

Course Syllabus

Session 1: The Basics of Photography and Visual Storytelling (2 hours)
Understanding your camera: Explore different camera types, their components, and basic functionalities.

Exposure triangle: Delve into the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO for achieving well-exposed photographs.

Composition techniques: Discover the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, and other composition principles to create visually compelling images with narrative potential.

Introduction to storytelling: Understand how photography can convey stories, emotions, and messages through imagery.

Hands-on practice: Engage in practical exercises focusing on capturing images that tell a story or evoke emotions.

Session 2: Lighting, Genre Exploration, and Image Selection (2 hours)
Reviewing captured images: Analyze and discuss the images taken during the previous session, emphasizing storytelling elements.

Lighting fundamentals: Explore the impact of natural and artificial light on storytelling in photography and techniques for utilizing light to enhance narratives.

Portrait and landscape photography: Introduction to different genres and their specific considerations in storytelling.

Continued hands-on practice: Apply techniques discussed, focusing on storytelling through images suitable for printing, and receive guidance from the instructor.

Selecting images for printing: Learn about the process of selecting images suitable for printing and preparing them for the print.

Session 3: Printing, Photo Editing, Story Development, and Critique (2 hours)
Printing workshop: Introduction to basic printing techniques; select images for printing and learn about the printing process.

Introduction to photo editors: Explore basic photo editing tools and techniques to enhance images for storytelling purposes.

Story development: Understand the narrative potential within a series of images, sequencing, and creating a visual story suitable for printing.

Critique session: Share and discuss your visual stories, review printed photographs, edited images, receive constructive feedback on storytelling aspects, and learn from peers.

About the Instructor(s): 

After graduating with a fine arts minor and assisting in teaching photography classes during his undergrad Ellis Boettger transitioned into a role as a photographer and social media manager in a college communications department. After a few years, he has rediscovered his passion to teach. He’s now back as a part-time photographer, driven by his love for teaching and sharing expertise in photography.

Class Fees: $120/Members, $160 Nonmembers

Materials Fee: $10 (included in the class fee)

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: beginner

Age requirement: 15 years and up

Register for this class now!

Image for Let’s Create! Using Repurposed metal to create ArtLet’s Create! Using Repurposed metal to create Art

March 28, 2024 1 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Prerequisite: Intro to MIG welding class.

In this class you will create a fun& whimsical introductory metal art project using mostly repurposed/scrap metal. You will learn to see shapes and textures of metal objects through a new set of lenses. You will have instruction/ guidance on safe use of various metal shop tools to shape and refine your creations. You will use the MIG welding skills learned in the previous class to connect the parts of your project. The instructor will present a couple of introductory level projects to choose from.

Students must bring to class: leather work boots, leather gloves and safety glasses that fit

About the Instructors:

Jo Ann Clifford is a Master Teacher and Metal Artist. She has been creating metal Art in her home studio and at The Claremont Maker Space for several years. She is a past Artist In Residence at CMS and has shown her work regionally. She loves to teach and inspire others to try something new in a fun and supportive environment.

Class Fees: $60 non-members, $40 members.

Materials Fee: $15 materials fee to be collected by the instructor at class time.

Prerequisite: Must have completed Intro to MIG Welding at the Claremont MakerSpace.

You must be at least 18 years old in order to register for this class.

Register for this class now!

Just Missed

These classes are currently full at time of writing. If you are interested, please check the event’s page; spots occasionally open up. Keep an eye on this newsletter to see when these classes are offered again.

Image for Let’s Create! Using Repurposed metal to create ArtLet’s Create! Using Repurposed metal to create Art

Feb. 10, 2024 1 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Image for Intro to MIG WeldingIntro to MIG Welding

March 7, 2024 5:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Happy Makin’!

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