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    • 2019-08-17
    • 2019-10-19
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cruces Creatives
    Register

         
    Two fully decorated “artful” holiday trees will be auctioned at Cruces Creatives on November 1, in conjunction with our first Friday ramble night in Las Cruces. We are reaching out to local and regional artists. Cruces Creatives continues to provide more and more opportunities for artistic endeavors.

    Be a part of this fundraiser to support our maker space. Art submitted may be holiday themed or may reflect the signature subject matter of the artists. We’re hoping to have up to 50 originals on each tree. Please register now!

    The deadline is October 19th. Only $5 for unlimited submissions.

    One lovely tree has been donated (thank you, Rhonda Leal of the Buy Local Meetup group!), but we are searching for one more quality, pre-owned artificial tree (yes, we’ll take your white flocked, your silvered, your bottle brush trees!) as a donation and to promote recycling. 

    Tree #1: Original Paintings Holiday Tree

    Artists will create and donate small paintings to be displayed as ornaments in 3” x 3” frames hand-crafted at CC by Cash Olsen (make your image 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” to fit). More details below.

    Tree #2: Original Fiber Art Holiday Tree

    Artists will create and donate small fiber-based works of art to be displayed as ornaments. More details below.

    Submission Guidelines for Paintings

    • Each painting should be made to show approximately 3” x 3” and the overall dimensions should be 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” to fit nicely in the frame.

    • Painting should be original work of the artist in the medium of your choice, and signed.

    • Since there will be no glass in the frame, please seal your work appropriately with archival varnish or other protective sealant. 

    • Depth of painting substrate should be no more than 3/8”. 

    • Please include a business card (or that size ID card) so we may attach it to the back of the ornament. 

    Submission Guidelines for Fiber Art

    Fiber Art for the holiday tree comprises a wide variety of materials. In general, words like sewn, woven, tied, braided, knitted, crocheted, knotted, tatted and wrapped describe what fiber artists do. They use fabric of all kinds: natural and synthetic material fabric, yarn, plant material, leather, and even plastics.

    Fill this tree with one or more of your designs. Please provide a business card or name card showing your name and any contact info for your artwork, if desired.

    Deadline for Entries

    Artwork of any kind should be submitted no later than Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4 pm to give us time to frame paintings and decorate the trees. Bring in your artwork and ask to put it in Mailbox #51.

    For more information, please email events@crucescreatives.com or Mary Diesel at spottedslinky55@gmail.com.

    • 2019-08-24
    • 2020-05-02
    • 30 sessions
    • Cruces Creatives Kids Room
    Join waitlist


    4th and 5th grade Saturday education focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) project based learning. 


     

    Topics include: coding, electronics, sculpting, hydraulics, measuring, working in wood, using a drill, learning to iron, conductivity, using vinyl, and much more. 


    This is a year-long program located in Cruces Creatives' Kids Room, held from 9:30am - 12:30pm on Saturday mornings throughout the school year.




    This is a free program sponsored by NMSU's STEM Outreach Center


    • 2019-08-27
    • 2020-05-05
    • 31 sessions
    • Multi-Purpose Room
    Join waitlist


    Appropriate for children in grades 3-6.

    This class is loosely based on Pandia Press Life Sciences (a secular science) but modified for the upper grade levels. The biology section is presented within the context of evolution and adaptations and the entire class consists of hands-on projects (such as building model planet earths), videos, readings, and weekly presentations by the students.

    Classes are taught based on the level of the kids and by input from parents; parents of younger kids may need to guide their children though some of the projects. This is not a drop-off class and homework is assigned.

    Class size is limited to 4 additional kids (6 total). Costs for projects average less than $5 per week, depending on what materials parents have available.

    Non-members of Cruces Creatives are asked to make a donation to the space.


    Jill Silver has been teaching homeschool for the past 12 years. As of this fall is a part-time instructor at Doña Ana Community College. Degree in mathematics.

    Philosophy – believes that kids learn best when they are active in learning so her classes focus on hands on projects.



    • 2019-08-27
    • 2019-11-26
    • 4 sessions
    • Textile Lab
    • 9
    Register


    The Las Cruces Sew Fun Club is a monthly lecture-demo class full of samples, inspirations, helpful tips & tools. Get the scoop on fun new products that focus on everything sewing related. We will have new ideas and gadgets to share. There is Show and Tell to highlight what you've made or working on. Each time your participate in Show and Tell, you'll be entered into the club drawing to win special prizes. Come and join us. Don't miss the fun!

    Ages 14+

    Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials for each project.
    You may bring your personal sewing machine.

    Wear close toed shoes and long hair needs to be securely tied back.
    Please refrain from wearing scented lotions or perfumes.

    • 2019-08-29
    • 2020-05-07
    • 30 sessions
    • Multi-Purpose Room
    Join waitlist

    For children in grade levels 3-6

    Based on History Odyssey (a secular history course). This class is consistently rated by kids as a favorite and consists of hands on projects (such as making a barbie doll mummy), videos, readings, and weekly presentations by the students. This year, we will start with the ancient Persians and move into the middle ages.

    Classes are taught based on the level of the kids and by input from parents. Parents of younger kids may need to guide their children though some of the projects. This is not a drop-off class and homework is assigned.

    Class size is limited to 4 additional kids (8 total). Costs for projects average less than $5 per week, depending on what materials parents have available.

    Non-members of Cruces Creatives are asked to make a donation to the space.


    Jill Silver has been teaching homeschool for the past 12 years. As of this fall is a part-time instructor at Doña Ana Community College. Degree in mathematics.

    Philosophy – believes that kids learn best when they are active in learning so her classes focus on hands on projects.



    • 2019-09-03
    • 2019-10-17
    • 10 sessions
    • Conference Room
    Registration is closed


    Learn the knitting basics in ten two-hour sessions

    Part one is designed for beginners - individuals who have never knitted before.

    Part one: class is designed to teach the basics. Cost includes basic materials, handouts and expert instruction.

    After completion of Part 1, participants can move on to Part 2. 

    The instructor has a material fee of $5.

    • 2019-09-04
    • 2020-04-01
    • 27 sessions
    • Textile Lab

    A private educational class for the Mayfield Young Adult Learners. 

    Textiles is closed during this program.

    • 2019-09-12
    • 2019-12-17
    • 26 sessions
    • Cruces Creatives Kids Room
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    4th and 5th grade Saturday education focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) project based learning. 


     

    Topics include: coding, electronics, sculpting, hydraulics, measuring, conductivity, using vinyl, and much more. 


    This is a half-year program located in Cruces Creatives' Kids Room, held from 3:15pm - 4:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the fall semester.




    This is a free program sponsored by NMSU's STEM Outreach Center


    • 2019-10-01
    • 2019-10-29
    • 5 sessions
    • Multipurpose Room
    • 10
    Register

    In this class, we will focus on the unique concerns of each student, working in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, water soluble oil paints, pastels, and colored pencil. Subject matter will comprise still life, landscape, figure, and architectural space. Basic assignments for beginning drawing and painting will also be included. 

    Additional Information:

    To save a seat, register online and complete payment within 15 minutes.

    Students are welcome to attend one free class.

    Ages: 18+

    What to wear/bring:

    • bring a sketchbook and pencil for the first class
    • additional materials can be acquired, with instructor guidance, based on the interests of individual students

    About the Instructor:

    Wayne Carl Huber, MFA, nationally recognized artist and educator, has been teaching all age levels for over 50 years. He has taught at colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Since moving to the Las Cruces area in 2000, Mr. Huber has taught at many venues in Las Cruces, including the public schools. 

    • 2019-10-02
    • 2019-10-30
    • 5 sessions
    • Multipurpose Room
    Register

    In this class, designed especially for homeschool students, we will practice a wide range of art, including collage, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

    Additional Information:

    Students are welcome to attend one free class.

    Ages: 8-12

    What to wear/bring:

    • bring a sketchbook and pencil for the first class
    • additional materials can be acquired, with instructor guidance, based on the interests of individual students

    About the Instructor:

    Wayne Carl Huber, MFA, nationally recognized artist and educator, has been teaching all age levels for over 50 years. He has taught at colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Since moving to the Las Cruces area in 2000, Mr. Huber has taught at many venues in Las Cruces, including the public schools. 


    • 2019-10-02
    • 2019-10-30
    • 5 sessions
    • Multipurpose Room
    Register

    In this class, designed especially for homeschool students, we will practice a wide range of art, including collage, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

    Additional Information:

    Students are welcome to attend one free class.

    Ages: 13-18

    What to wear/bring:

    • bring a sketchbook and pencil for the first class
    • additional materials can be acquired, with instructor guidance, based on the interests of individual students

    About the Instructor:

    Wayne Carl Huber, MFA, nationally recognized artist and educator, has been teaching all age levels for over 50 years. He has taught at colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Since moving to the Las Cruces area in 2000, Mr. Huber has taught at many venues in Las Cruces, including the public schools. 


    • 2019-10-03
    • 2019-10-31
    • 5 sessions
    • Multipurpose Room
    Register

    This intermediate and advanced class will focus on the unique concerns of each student, working in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, water soluble oil paints, pastels, and colored pencil. Subject matter will comprise still life, landscape, figure, and architectural space.

    Additional Information:

    Students are welcome to attend one free class.

    Ages: 18+

    What to wear/bring:

    • bring a sketchbook and pencil for the first class
    • additional materials can be acquired, with instructor guidance, based on the interests of individual students

    About the Instructor:

    Wayne Carl Huber, MFA, nationally recognized artist and educator, has been teaching all age levels for over 50 years. He has taught at colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Since moving to the Las Cruces area in 2000, Mr. Huber has taught at many venues in Las Cruces, including the public schools. 



    • 2019-10-03
    • 2019-10-31
    • 4 sessions
    • Multipurpose Room/Conference Room
    • 4
    Register


    For those interested in working intensely on Italic Handwriting and Calligraphy

    Italic is a graceful, elegant handwriting. Students will learn minuscule (small) and majuscule (capital) letters, numerals, and punctuation. Letter-form consistency and spacing will be emphasized to help students develop their eye as well as their hand.

    • 2019-10-15
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Register



    About the Doña Ana Photography Club 

    The Doña Ana Photography Club is a group of photographers and people interested in photography. Our meetings offer technical presentations, friendly suggestions for improving your photos, networking, and other activities for a wide spectrum of photographers and abilities.


    • 2019-10-16
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wood Shop
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training

    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop. After completing this course you will be able to use the table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the band saw, the drill presses, sanders, and more.

    Instructors: David Clark & Gary Bender

    • 2019-10-16
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textile Lab
    • 12
    Register


    Come join us in our Open Costume Lab. 

    Bring your idea and whatever materials you have already collected and we will help you bring your idea to life. 
    Don’t know where to start? Start with us. We can help you brainstorm an appropriate supply-list.
    We can help with Halloween costumes, Cosplay outfits, and Ren Faire garb.

    Let us be your Costume Coaches!

    16 years old and older and welcome as an independent participant. 
    15 years and younger are welcome with a registered adult.


    Sandy has been interested in sewing since she was small enough to sit on her mom’s lap while mom sewed clothes for the family.  While primarily sewing from commercial patterns, Sandy has also “invented” her own clothes and has sewn for theater events and a couple decades of her own children’s costumes.

     Brittany has been sewing since she was in middle school and helping friends and family bring sewing projects to life. Brittany has also been experimenting with incorporating electronics into textiles, and using newer technologies such as laser cutters and die cutting machines to take her projects to a higher level.



    • 2019-10-17
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Bike Shop
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Come in any time between 9am and 12pm on Thursdays or 9am and 1pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-10-17
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Multi-Purpose Room
    Register

    Join Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, La Semilla, Cruces Creatives and NM Cafe as we look at the impact of climate change on public lands, food systems and our community. Learn the role we all play in combating climate change and what we can do here locally to take action.



    - Registration is not needed but helpful - 

    • 2019-10-17
    • 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wood shop/Bike Shop
    • 4
    Register


    With the Cubmobile races coming up on Nov. 2, Scouts and their adults can use the Cruces Creatives wood shop to build or repair their Cubmobiles! Guidance from experienced woodworkers will be available as needed. 

    Teams should bring all the materials they intend to use.

    • 2019-10-18
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textile Lab
    Register

    Calling all Fiber-artists

    Bring your current work-in-progress or unfinished object and join us in the Textile Lab every Friday for an open work session. The lab tools and equipment will be available or participants can bring their own. Socialize with like-minded members and advance your own work. All fiberarts welcome from applique to weaving and beyond.

    • 2019-10-18
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Main Room
    • 11
    Register


    Learn how to use heat transfer vinyl, vinyl cutters, and the Cruces Creatives heat press to make custom t-shirts, hats, aprons, and more!

    Through demonstration followed by hands-on practice, you’ll learn how to cut basic designs on the Cricut vinyl cutter, learn how to use the heat press, and leave the workshop with a custom product: a t-shirt, hat, or apron featuring your design.

    About the Instructor:

    Paul Larkin is a team leader for the photography and videography sector at Cruces Creatives, and he has worked professionally at custom apparel and sign shops.


    • 2019-10-19
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Bike Shop
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Come in any time between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays or 9am and 12pm on Thursdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-10-19
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Classroom / Conference Room
    • 4
    Register

    Cruces Creatives is looking for monitors!




    Monitors help members and guests, help keep the shop safe, and help maintain the shop.

    (And in case you didn't know - Cruces Creatives is almost entirely run by volunteers!)


    9am - 12pm

    Main Goals

    Roles & Responsibilities

    Expectations of Members

    Getting to Know the Shop


    12pm - 1:30pm

    Lunch


    1:30pm - 4:30pm

    Computer System Training

    Getting on the Schedule


    Thank you for thinking of monitoring with Cruces Creatives! Monitoring is a rich experience of meeting lots of folks, helping individuals with creative projects, and constant learning. 


    • 2019-10-19
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Bike Shop
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2019-10-19
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Conference Room
    Register

    This workshop is inviting writers of any level of writing skill to come share a maximum of 4 double spaced pages of fiction or non-fiction  which they have written. Writers can choose any genre except poetry. The work can be stand alone or a chapter/segment of a larger piece of work.

    Participants are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their work to share with the class. Each writer will have the option to share background information of their work if desired. The group will also be encouraged to give positive criticism of the shared work rather than any negative feedback. 

    This is a class where writers should feel comfortable sharing and accepting positive feedback.

    *This workshop is to be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

    About the instructor: 

    Ross Winetsky is a novelist and songwriter who is in the process of publishing his first novel and writing a sequel. He is also a published songwriter and music producer who has worked with artists including Taj Mahal, Peter Tork, Johnny Lee, Pee Wee Ellis and Clay McClinton. He has been a member of the Nashville Writers Meet Up and has attended numerous writers conferences. He is also a public speaker who has presented in front of corporations, non profit groups, government agencies, and private groups.


      

    • 2019-10-22
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textile Lab
    • 12
    Register


    Come join us in our Open Costume Lab. 

    Bring your idea and whatever materials you have already collected and we will help you bring your idea to life. 
    Don’t know where to start? Start with us. We can help you brainstorm an appropriate supply-list.
    We can help with Halloween costumes, Cosplay outfits, and Ren Faire garb.

    Let us be your Costume Coaches!

    16 years old and older and welcome as an independent participant. 
    15 years and younger are welcome with a registered adult.


    Sandy has been interested in sewing since she was small enough to sit on her mom’s lap while mom sewed clothes for the family.  While primarily sewing from commercial patterns, Sandy has also “invented” her own clothes and has sewn for theater events and a couple decades of her own children’s costumes.

     Brittany has been sewing since she was in middle school and helping friends and family bring sewing projects to life. Brittany has also been experimenting with incorporating electronics into textiles, and using newer technologies such as laser cutters and die cutting machines to take her projects to a higher level.



    • 2019-10-22
    • 2019-11-21
    • 10 sessions
    • Multipurpose Room/Conference Room
    • 8
    Register

    Learn how to make knitted garments and accessories in ten two-hour sessions.

    This class builds on the basics – learn to professionally complete garments and accessories.
    All material cost will be 
    the responsibility of the participants.

    Participants must know the knitting basics to register. You need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, stockinette, single rib, double rib, increase, decrease, and bind off with proficiency.

    • 2019-10-23
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Wood Shop
    • 2
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training

    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop. After completing this course you will be able to use the table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the band saw, the drill presses, sanders, and more.

    Instructors: David Clark & Gary Bender

    • 2019-10-24
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Bike Shop
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Come in any time between 9am and 12pm on Thursdays or 9am and 1pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-10-24
    • 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Wood shop/Bike Shop
    • 4
    Register


    With the Cubmobile races coming up on Nov. 2, Scouts and their adults can use the Cruces Creatives wood shop to build or repair their Cubmobiles! Guidance from experienced woodworkers will be available as needed. 

    Teams should bring all the materials they intend to use.

    • 2019-10-24
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Audio-Visual Room
    • 5
    Register

    condenser microphone in front of acoustic foam



    Learn everything you need to record basic audio in the Cruces Creatives sound booth. Through demonstration followed by hands-on practice in small groups, this course covers

    • How to choose the right equipment for your project
    • How to set up and test mixers, microphones, and cables
    • How to record audio in Audacity, an open-source digital audio workstation
    • How to use basic sound editing tools in Audacity
    • How to record basic audio in GarageBand
    • How to use basic sound editing tools in GarageBand

    No previous experience with recording or audio engineering is required. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to record audio for your songs, podcasts, video voiceovers, or other projects.

    Cost: Free to members, $10 for general public

    Payment is due at registration (online registration requires payment within 15 minutes in order to reserve space in the class). Cancellations and refunds are available until 48 hours before class.

    Ages: 14 and older, or 12-13 with a parent or guardian

    About the instructor:

    Pat DeSimio is a songwriter who has worked with recording equipment and audio engineering software for about 15 years. He helped set up and equip the sound booth at Cruces Creatives.


    • 2019-10-25
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Textile Lab
    Register

    Calling all Fiber-artists

    Bring your current work-in-progress or unfinished object and join us in the Textile Lab every Friday for an open work session. The lab tools and equipment will be available or participants can bring their own. Socialize with like-minded members and advance your own work. All fiberarts welcome from applique to weaving and beyond.

    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Bike Shop
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.

    Come in any time between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays or 9am and 12pm on Thursdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2019-10-26
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register