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Introduction to the Laser Cutter – This Monday!

Makers,

The Claremont Makerspace’s laser cutter/engraver is an incredibly capable tool which can be used for making high precision cuts and engravings on a wide variety of materials. In this three hour class, we’ll walk through all the steps from idea to pressing the “go” button on the laser. After learning the basics, each student will create a simple design and cut it on the laser!

Although advanced design and computer skills aren’t required to take this course, in order to attend the optional follow-up certification session (to get approved to use the CMS’s laser cutter/engraver on your own) you will need to be comfortable operating and navigating the Windows-based computer. 

More technically inclined students may bring a laptop and a USB jump drive to class. You may choose to install Inkscape or a free trial of Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw (the laser cutter workstation has a CorelDraw license) before you come to class to get familiar with the software and start on a vector design project. 

Participants will leave this class with a small demo project. Supplies will be included in the cost of ticket.

Introduction to the Laser Cutter is this Monday, January 27th, 6 – 8 PM. Please register here, space is limited.

Volunteer Need:

The Claremont Makerspace currently has a need for a front desk volunteer to cover weekly open shifts. Front Desk volunteers receive subsidized membership at CMS. For more information, please email info@twinstatemakerspaces.org

Other Upcoming Events

Learn to Set A Simple Stone

Mondays, January 27th and February 3rd, 5 – 8pm both days

In this beginner class you’ll be given a stone cabochon and silver sheet to create a bezel to set it in!  The instructor will guide you through creating a simple design, how to create your bezel, and finally how to turn it into either a simple pendant or add it to a silver ring if you’ve taken the ring class!  You’ll learn a fun and essential skill to jewelry making: how to set a stone!

*Want to turn your set stone into a ring?  Sign up for one of the ring classes earlier or in the month! Be sure to let the instructor know this is what you plan to do with your stone so you can plan your design accordingly!

Register here.

Third Monday Drawing Club

Monday, January 27th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

A special Fourth Monday – ‘Third Monday Drawing Club!’

Come join instructor Lissa Malloy in a once a month drawing club. Each class will feature a new still life with an opportunity to learn value scales, how to draw from sight in several methods, and even different art styles (realism, futurism, cubism, impressionism, modernism, illustrative). Participants will learn to use charcoal, conte, and graphite.  Please bring your own supplies (sketch book, drawing board, large drawing pad, pencils, charcoal, conte crayons). If you have questions of where best to acquire supplies, we will connect you with the instructor. This class is open to ages 12 & up.

Register here.

Painting the Portrait in Watercolor

Saturday, February 1st, 10 am – 4 pm

The human portrait will be explored in this workshop. Students will learn to paint a portrait with all of its nuances and subtleties in watercolor using a layering process. Other mediums are welcome. Students will paint from photo references. The instructor will paint, as a demonstration, a finished portrait, and will explain each step of the painting process as a morning demo. Students will paint in the afternoon and are encouraged to bring reference photos of a favorite portrait subject. I will also provide reference photos. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. The class is open to all abilities though some drawing experience is recommended. No materials are included in the cost of the class. For a list of materials, please email brendan@claremontmakerspace.org

Register here.

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

Tonight – Design Your Own Circuit Board!

Makers,

Starting tonight and running Thursdays January 9th – January 30th from 6 – 8 PM, join us for  Introduction to Schematic Capture and Circuit Board Design with KiCAD.This course will introduce you to KiCAD, a free and open-source design suite for electronic design. KiCAD allows you to enter an electronic schematic into your computer and then use that schematic to design a printed circuit board. We will take you through example designs so you can see the process from one end to the other and be able to go on to design your own circuit boards.

We will discuss how to then get boards fabricated, either doing it yourself or sending out for production. These days, a lot of interesting components are available in surface-mount packages so we will talk about using those as well. They really are not as difficult as they may seem, easier in some ways, any they give you a wider range of possibilities when it comes to designing and fabricating your circuits.

If people are interested, they can have boards fabricated and we’ll have an extra class once the boards arrive to assemble them and, if it applies, to experience surface-mount soldering.

We recommend that you bring a three-button mouse with a scroll-wheel. The kind where the middle button is found by pushing down the scroll-wheel works okay. If you wish to bring your own laptop, that’s great. Install KiCAD 5.1.4 [or version 5.1.5 if it comes out before the class] before you come and remember to load the component and footprint libraries. The 3d libraries are optional as they take a *lot* of disk space. The MakerSpace also has laptops and a few desktop machines you can use as well; bring a thumb drive so you can take your designs home.

You can also bring your own design that you want to make. We’ll work through the examples together but you can branch off and do your own too. Unless you have a solid background in electronics, it’s best not to go too complicated for your first one.

Ages 12 & up. 

Other Upcoming Events

Intro to Arduino

Monday, January 13th, 6 PM

This class is truly designed with the beginner in mind and serves as a great introduction to the world of physical computing! It is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. We’ll blink some lights, turn some motors, read some sensors and make a little noise. We’ll touch on some very basic programming and prototyping concepts as well!

12 and up. Under 12 are welcome with an adult partner or if they’ve been approved by the instructor.

Class fee includes one REXQualis Arduino UNO R3 Project Basic Starter Kit or a ELEGOO UNO Project Basic Starter Kit to take home after the class to continue making projects!

Beginner Zentangle

Monday, January 13th, 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

Fundamental Selling Skills – Deadline Soon

Makers,

In Fundamental Selling Skill & Pitch Practice, you will learn that selling is really about effectively building relationships and listening to your clients. You’ll leave feeling empowered with selling skills you can apply today and an elevator pitch you can modify to fit any customer segment! Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The psychology of selling
  • Identify your unique selling proposition
  • Selling benefits vs. features
  • Describe what your business does in interesting language conveying the value you provide your customers
  • Presenting yourself effectively and comfortably
  • The importance of following up
  • Learn how to adapt your pitch based on your goal and the audience
  • Learn how to keep the conversation going with open ended questions – your call to action

Fundamental Selling Skill & Pitch Practice is a two-part series happening on Wednesday’s, January 8th and 15th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm and partial scholarships are available. Registration closes December 20th!

Other Upcoming Events

Quilting Machine Training

January 5th, 4 – 5:30 PM

The Claremont MakerSpace’s quilting machine is a great tool for creative, efficient quilting! In this hands-on training session, participants will learn how to set up a project on the quilting machine and utilize its standard features. Participants of this class will have the opportunity to sign up for follow-up certification sessions, so that they may use the machine on their own.

Note: Individuals with no prior experience on a quilting machine are required to take this workshop before getting certified to use the quilting machine at the CMS. If you already have experience with a quilting machines, you may be eligible to test out of this training. For more information, please email the CMS Fiber Arts Shop Lead, at: textiles@claremontmakerspace.org.

Home Schoolers Adventures in Art

Mondays from 10 to 12 noon January 6, 13, 20, 27

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. Join me at Claremont MakerSpace for this creative and exciting program, painting drawing creating sculptures and more.  Age 6 & up.

Introduction to Schematic Capture and Circuit Board Design with KiCAD

Thursdays January 9th – January 30th, 6 – 8 PM

This course will introduce you to KiCAD, a free and open-source design suite for electronic design. KiCAD allows you to enter an electronic schematic into your computer and then use that schematic to design a printed circuit board. We will take you through example designs so you can see the process from one end to the other and be able to go on to design your own circuit boards.

The Color Wheel (For Ages 8 – 12)

Thursday’s January 23rd – February 27th, 3 – 5 PM

Ready to master color? In this six week after school program, students will use a variety of mediums to better understand the use of color in art. Over the course of the class students will use paint, clay, water colors to master primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Each week will focus on a new lesson and medium in which to make and take home completed projects.

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

Weatherization 101

Makers,

This time of year we measure home heating leaks by both the temperature and the wallet.  Join the nonprofits COVER and Claremont Makerspace for a day on weatherization education.  Weatherization 101 will start with a classroom session covering topics including basic building science, basic materials and tools and DIY weatherization techniques. Do you have specific questions about your home? Bring them and have the professionals from COVER provide the answer.

Part two of our day will include an on-site visit at a Claremont residence to practice techniques and learn more. Topics covered will include an initial walk through of house to identify key areas, a blower-door test, exploring with infrared camera and weatherizing!

Registration for this event is free.  Weatherization 101 happens this Saturday, December 14th starting at 10 am. Please register in advance here. 

Reminder! Our Open House is this Friday, December 13th at 6 PM! Please RSVP here.

Other Upcoming Events

Third Monday Drawing Club

Monday, December 16th, 6 – 8:30 PM

Come join instructor Lissa Malloy in a once a month drawing club. Each class will feature a new still life with an opportunity to learn value scales, how to draw from sight in several methods, and even different art styles (realism, futurism, cubism, impressionism, modernism, illustrative). Participants will learn to use charcoal, conte, and graphite.  Please bring your own supplies (sketch book, drawing board, large drawing pad, pencils, charcoal, conte crayons). If you have questions of where best to acquire supplies, we will connect you with the instructor. This class is open to ages 12 & up.

Fundamental Selling Skills & Pitch Practice

Wednesdays, January 8th and 15th, both 6:00pm – 8:00pm

In this two part intensive, learn how to make the sale without aggressive sales tactics.

In this workshop you will learn that selling is really about effectively building relationships and listening to your clients. You’ll leave feeling empowered with selling skills you can apply today and an elevator pitch you can modify to fit any customer segment! Please register by 12/20/19!

Introduction to Schematic Capture and Circuit Board Design with KiCAD

Thursdays January 9th – January 30th, 6 – 8 PM

This course will introduce you to KiCAD, a free and open-source design suite for electronic design. KiCAD allows you to enter an electronic schematic into your computer and then use that schematic to design a printed circuit board. We will take you through example designs so you can see the process from one end to the other and be able to go on to design your own circuit boards.

The Color Wheel (For Ages 8 – 12)

Thursday’s January 23rd – February 27th, 3 – 5 PM

Ready to master color? In this six week after school program, students will use a variety of mediums to better understand the use of color in art. Over the course of the class students will use paint, clay, water colors to master primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Each week will focus on a new lesson and medium in which to make and take home completed projects.

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

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