The Crucible Invites Youth and Adults to Create a Personal Industrial Art Adventure This Spring Break

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The Crucible, the Bay Area’s innovative industrial arts school, is offering youth and adults the opportunity to design their own week-long industrial art experience during Spring Break. Available for youth and adults to enjoy separately, concurrently, or together—the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Spring Camps are a creative way to enjoy the holiday week.

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The Crucible invites adults and youth to enter its world of experiential learning during Spring Break this year.

The Crucible invites adults and youth (together, separately or concurrently) to enter its world of experiential learning during Spring Break this year. Enrollment is now being accepted for these week-long courses, which are held at the nonprofit Bay Area industrial arts school’s 56,000-square-foot facility in the East Bay’s trendy West Oakland neighborhood. Generous tuition discounts are available for students who register together.

“The Crucible is thrilled about this spring’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ camps—and it’s the first time we’ve run adult and youth camps simultaneously,” said Jonaya Leek, Crucible Programs Associate. “Now parents can join in the excitement of learning in an adult camp while their young artisan explores the industrial arts in their own youth camp class.”

Flexible scheduling allows aspiring industrial artists aged 8 years and older to select a course in the morning, afternoon or both. Youth and Adult courses will be held the week of April 2-6 and Youth-only classes are offered the week of April 9-13, 2012.

The Crucible courses offer very low student-to-teacher ratios, optimal instruction and creative class time. Materials and safety equipment costs are factored into the price, and a supervised lunch hour is included for full-day youth students so that they may eat, play games and forge friendships with other students. Tuition may be tax deductible (check with a tax advisor for guidance).

YOUTH COURSE OFFERINGS

Monday-Friday - April 2 - 6, 2012
Mornings – 9 am to Noon

  • Youth Blacksmithing
  • Youth Exploration in Metal Jewelry
  • Youth Extreme Gizmos *

Afternoons – 1 to 4 pm

  • Youth Glass Flameworking
  • Youth Introduction to Welded Sculpture
  • Youth Super Sculpture *

Monday-Friday – April 9–13, 2012
Mornings – 9 am to Noon

  • Youth Glass Flameworking
  • Youth Extreme Gizmos *
  • Youth Introduction to Welded Sculpture

Afternoons – 1 to 4 pm

  • Youth Super Sculpture *
  • Youth Blacksmithing
  • Youth Robots
  • Youth Glass Blowing

*Denotes classes for youth 8-11 years of age. All other courses are for ages 12-17. Full details about the Youth Spring Camps can be found at: http://thecrucible.org/youth-program/spring-a-summer-camps.

ADULT COURSE OFFERINGS
Monday-Friday - April 2 - 6, 2012
Mornings – 9 am to Noon

  • Glass Flameworking I
  • Introduction to Enamels I
  • Introduction to Welded Sculpture
  • Introduction to MIG Welding

Afternoons – 1 to 4 pm

  • Introduction to Blacksmithing
  • Introduction to Glass Blowing
  • Introduction to Jewelry & Metals I

Full details about the Adult Spring Camp can be found at http://thecrucible.org/classes/adult-weeklong-workshops.

“Crucible camps are a great way for adults to leave their 9–5 work week to lose themselves in who they are and get a glimpse of the artist they’ve always wanted to be,” said Rob Nehring, Adult Program Director.

Many students who participate in Crucible camps leave with increased self confidence in their ability to create art, newly forged friendships, and belonging to a larger community of Bay Area artists. No experience is necessary. Crucible Spring Camp course are all beginner level, and the instructors are experts in guiding adults and youth through the creative process.

"Youth camps are an amazing experience for all,” said Ismael Plasencia, Youth Programs Associate. “Not only do you get to see twelve-year-olds wielding torches and hammers, but you get to see the real impact art has on those who are exposed to making art. Our youth walk away with not just the knowledge of how things are made but a first-hand appreciation for hard work and its rewards."

To learn more about the Spring Camps or The Crucible, call (510) 250-3687 or visit 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. 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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