Bay Area Summer Camps at The Crucible Get East Bay Youth Fired Up for Summer 2012

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Industrial art classes at The Crucible provide a unique opportunity for self-expression. The Bay Area industrial arts school is getting fired up for the summer with more than 100 offerings in 26 summer camp courses.

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Summer break doesn’t have to be a time of sloth and brain drain for kids. Instead, the premier Bay Area industrial arts school, The Crucible, invites budding artisans from age 8 to 17 to discover the industrial artists within during an exciting week-long Fired Up! Youth Summer Camp session at their 56,000 square-foot facility in West Oakland.

Far from the sterile, lecture-based environment of most classrooms, The Crucible offers youth tactile and visual experiential learning experiences. Each instructor is an expert in guiding youth through the creative process. FIRED UP! Summer Camp is beginning level.

Fired Up Youth Summer Camp courses offered this summer include: Clay Critters, Wire Jewelry, Extreme Gizmos, Cartoneria, Kinetic Creatures, Super Sculpture, Woodcarving & Sculpting, Ceramics: Mudslinging Madness, Jazzy Clay Jewelry, Woodturning, Enameling, Welding, Flameworking, Blacksmithing, Exploration in Metal Jewelry, Glass Blowing, Frame Alteration: Art Bike, Fused Glass and Mosaic Mania, Radical Robots, Adventures in Sand Casting, Casting Wax to Silver Jewelry and Glass Tube Sculpture: Intro to Neon and Kinetic Creatures.

New this year, The Crucible will offer a Youth Immersion Program from July 30 to August 3. This gives students a chance to learn beginning and intermediate level skills in blacksmithing, glass flameworking, glass blowing and welding. Students will learn the necessary skills to design and create their own independent projects during the Youth Immersion Program.

The Crucible is holding more than 100 classes in 26 different programs over five weeks in full or half-day formats during the weeks of June 25 – 29, July 9-13, July 23 – 27, July 30 – August 3 and August 6 –10. Kids are placed in sessions by age groups, 8-11, 12-17 and 14-17. Half-day sessions are from 9 am to noon or from 1 to 4 pm. Students can sign up for both morning and afternoon sessions for a full day of fun.

For complete course descriptions and registration information, go to Crucible members can get deep discounts on tuition and receive free admission to certain special events. For more information membership, visit or call (510) 250-3687.

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. Started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley, The Crucible has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot facility in 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.

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