East Bay Industrial Art School Announces Summer Immersion Classes for Kids and Adults

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Crucible, the premier San Francisco Bay Area industrial art school, is giving members of the community the opportunity to take a deep dive into the world of blacksmithing, glass flameworking, glass blowing or welding this summer at their 56,000 square foot facility near the West Oakland BART Station. Workshops are designed for beginning to advanced-level students.

These week-long immersion workshops are a great alternative to sitting in front of the computer or television having virtual adventures. Crucible students gain real-life, hands-on experience in a supportive, social setting where they learn the techniques and skills needed to work independently.

Students say they love the courses. One blacksmithing student felt he gained “great exposure to many techniques, tools and the expertise of the instructor.” When asked to identify the best part of the class, one glass flameworking student replied, “Having a great teacher who really took the time to make sure we understood what we were doing and the techniques involved.”

Based on the success of last summer’s immersion program, this coming summer’s curriculum was expanded to four adult and four youth workshops. Adult immersion courses include blacksmithing, glass flameworking, glass blowing and MIG welding. Youth classes, for kids aged 12 to 17, include blacksmithing, glass flameworking and arc welding. Youth aged 14 to 17 can take the glass blowing workshop.

“We had so much fun conducting the workshops, and received such great feedback from the students last year that we expanded the 2012 summer adult program and added a separate week for our young artists,” said Rob Nehring, Adult Program Manager.

DATES The adult immersion workshops will be held Monday, July 16 to Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 10 am to 10 pm and Friday, July 20, from 10 am to 6 pm. Youth immersion workshops will take place Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3 from 9 am to 4 pm.

ADULT SCHEDULE Each adult immersion session includes six hours of instruction and four hours of optional open lab time in the evening Monday through Thursday and a full eight-hour lab day on Friday. Lunch and dinner are served daily at no additional charge.

The adult workshop week concludes with dinner and artist reception on Friday evening, where artists will talk about their showcased project. Friends and family are welcome and can join the dinner for a fee.

YOUTH SCHEDULE Each youth immersion workshop includes six hours of instruction each day. Supervision is provided during the bring-your-own lunch hour, at which time students can rest, eat, make friends or play games (including basketball) with other young artisans.

The Youth workshop week concludes with an art walk, where friends and family will have the opportunity to check out the artwork completed during the week.

ADULT PRICES The adult blacksmithing, welding, and flameworking immersion workshops are $1,200 ($1,115 for Crucible members). The adult glass blowing immersion workshop is $1,500 ($1,415 for Crucible members). Lunch and dinner are inclusive and will be provided daily.

YOUTH PRICES The youth blacksmithing, welding, and flameworking immersion workshops are $675 ($622.50 for Crucible members). The youth glass blowing immersion workshop is $1,150 ($1,092.50 for Crucible members).

REGISTRATION Registration for Crucible members starts February 7, 2012 and open registration starts February 28, 2012. Registration can be completed in-person at The Crucible’s 56,000 square-foot education facility, located at 1260 7th Street in Oakland, or by phone by calling (510) 250-3687 Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. Students may also register anytime online at http://www.thecrucible.org.

About The Crucible The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland.

The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.


Jennifer Harrity
The Crucible