The Crucible Bay Area Industrial Art School Announces Family Weekends to Warm Up the Holidays

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Crucible is gearing up for the holidays with the announcement of two special Bay Area family activities. The first, a celebration of all that is spooky, is Halloween Family Fun Weekend, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 from 10 am to 6 pm. Families can also learn new “stuff” at Crucible’s Thanksgiving Family Fun Weekend planned for Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 from 10 am to 6 pm.

“Most of the time I see teenagers paired with one of their parents in my classes,” said Joey Gottbrath, Crucible Studio Operations Director and Woodturning Instructor. “I know it’s a struggle for most parents to find an activity they can do with their teen that is exciting to both. It’s pretty awesome to see the dynamic that develops as the experience and environment create an even playing field. You can watch family members’ personal growth bring them closer together and strengthen their relationship.”

Families can chose from courses in blacksmithing, jewelry making and metalworking, sculpture welding, MIG welding, TIG welding, woodturning and creating with neon. All family fun weekend classes are entry level, and the price of each class includes tuition for two that covers the cost of all materials and safety gear.

The price covers the tuition for two family members, and is less than the price of tuition for two students who sign up separately. Children need to be at least 12 years old and accompanied by an adult family member. Family members are often a parent and a child, two siblings (sisters and brothers), a couple or any pair from a non-traditional family. The Crucible does not decide what makes a family—they leave that up to the families.

“People are drawn to sharing experiences and taking classes with someone they know,” said Jonaya Leek, Crucible Programs Associate. “Family Fun Weekends allow students to share the creative excitement of Crucible classes with a guest at a nice discount. Everybody loves a bargain, and this is a great way for families and friends to enjoy industrial arts education and create something remarkable together without having to reach too deep into their pocketbooks.”

The two family fun weekends announced today have the added flare of festive holidays. Families can make something to go with a Halloween costume, decorate the home or Thanksgiving table, or give to someone special as a gift.

Classes take place at The Crucible’s 56,000 square foot Bay Area metal fabrication and industrial arts education facility in Oakland located at 1260 7th Street, just two blocks from the West Oakland BART station.

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 school offers imaginative and constructive Bay Area kids activities.

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