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Whether you’re just beginning to explore your creativity or are an experienced artist, the classes in this section are designed to assist you: from understanding basic design principles and material properties to finding your inner muse. Specific workshops help you navigate copyright law, get your work professionally photographed or teach you how to write about it.

The Creative Process: Making it Personal

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Entry-level

When you work in three dimensions, it’s important to know the elements and principles of design that form your work, without ignoring account your own creative make up. Discussion and practical exercises will help you discover and enhance your personal expression and quality of design. This class will prepare you for other classes you may take and enhance those you may be taking now.

3D Printing for Everyone

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Entry-level

You’ve heard about it. You may have seen it. So, let’s do it! You don’t need a printer. The easiest way to start is to have a printing company do your printing. That way, you can have high quality parts printed by high quality printers, with a large selection of materials for you to choose from. You don’t even need your own designs. There are existing designs you can use to experience 3D printing. The purpose of this class is to assist you in getting started by showing you where and how to order 3D printing on-line.

Copyright Law for Artists

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Entry level

Taught by a Crucible artist and licensed California attorney, this three-hour seminar shows you how best to protect your works from plagiarism, including registering your works, determining whether your work has been illegally copied and what to do if your copyright has been violated.

Business Smarts for Artists & Crafts People

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Entry-level

Contemplating selling your work? Get an inside look at how to market yourself and your creative work. While everyone approaches the marketplace differently, we start with the assumption that if there is a market for pet rocks there is a market for you.

2-day intensive — During this knowledge-packed weekend you will begin to establish your identity as an artist / craftsperson, and gain direction for building a sustainable career with basic tools, resources, and the knowledge of guest presenters. Topics that will be covered include finding the right marketplace, pricing, marketing, branding, PR, bookkeeping, taxes, and legal issues. Learn the ins and outs of arts and crafts shows including how to choose them, how to get into them, and how to display your work. You’ll even get to be part of a mock jury deconstructing images for an exhibition. Finally, you’ll learn how to effectively measure your success.

5-week series
Over five weeks you’ll gain the basic tools and knowledge needed in order to make the marketplace more accessible. Guest presenters share their expertise, and each class helps you establish your identity as an artist, and gain direction for a building a sustainable career.

Section A
Topics covered include: finding the right marketplace for your work, pricing, PR, bookkeeping, taxes, and legal issues. Discover tips and tricks for online marketing, branding your business and how to measure your success.

  1. Finding Your Market
  2. Pricing-– It’s Hard But Not Impossible
  3. Creating an Image – Selling your Work and Promoting Yourself
  4. Accounting, Taxes, and the Law
  5. Marketing in the Digital Age – Social Media and the Internet

Section B
Topics covered include: photographing your work for juries and promotion, jury and being juried, retail markets including niche markets and arts and crafts shows. If you are already selling at shows or contemplating jumping into the show circuit feet first, this class is for you.

  1. Getting the most from Photography
  2. Jurying for Exhibitions, Commissions, Arts and Crafts Shows
  3. Retail Markets: An Overview
  4. Arts and Crafts Shows: How to choose, How to prepare, What to Expect
  5. Booth Displays

Have Your Artwork
Professionally Photographed

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Entry level

The Crucible teams up with a professional photographer to give you a chance to have your work documented professionally at a fraction of what it would cost you to arrange a private session. Sign up now and don’t miss this incredible opportunity to preserve your artwork in quality photographs that can be used in your portfolio, shown to galleries or displayed for family and friends.

Properties of Metals & Materials

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Entry-level. Rare offering.

What causes work hardening in metal? Why does work hardening go away when the same metal is heated? Why does glass need to be annealed? This class explains the physical occurrences you observe in your classes at The Crucible. Examining these phenomena at the atomic level will help you understand metals and materials. There is no math, labs are incorporated into the class and there are no prerequisites. Everything you need to know to demystify the behavior and use of materials is taught in class.

Earn Your Ham Radio License
In Just Two Days!

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Entry level

If you’ve been to the Black Rock Desert, you know how rugged and desolate it is: no paved roads, no one else around for miles, and limited cell phone coverage. Yes, part of the reason we go to the playa is to be out of contact with the rest of the world… but when your truck is stuck in the mud, night is falling, and you haven’t seen another moving vehicle within waving distance for hours, being out of contact suddenly doesn’t look so good. Amateur Radio to the rescue! For years, Amateur Radio has been the only reliable means of long-distance communication in the Black Rock Desert, and will likely remain the best option well into the future. And with the repeater systems installed on several mountaintops overlooking the desert, you can talk anywhere in the Black Rock area (and beyond!) with just an inexpensive hand-held radio — and your Ham license, of course! Whether you’re calling for help, staying in touch with the rest of your group, or meeting new playa friends on the air, Amateur Radio works when all else fails. In the first day of this two-day course, you will:

  • learn what you can do with Amateur Radio, both on-playa and off;
  • understand how to use it in both emergency and non-emergency situations;
  • be introduced to the wide array of services available to Ham operators on the playa;
  • get valuable tips on purchasing and programming your first radio(s)

Then, on the second day, you’ll take the “Ham Cram,” a half-day review of all 396 multiple-choice questions in the “Technician Class” license question pool, followed by an official FCC Amateur Radio license exam. The Technician license is the entry-level ham radio license, and the technician license exam is made up of 35 of the questions from the pool. You must answer 26 (74%) of the questions correctly to pass. The “Ham Cram” format leverages short-term memory techniques to consistently achieve pass rates of 85% and higher.The exam is administered by a team of Volunteer Examiners (VEs) accredited by the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio. There is a mandated testing fee of $15 per exam taken, payable in cash or by check just before the exam. This testing fee is not included in the tuition or materials fees for the class. If you don’t pass the exam the first time, you can take another version of the exam immediately by paying the $15 testing fee again.What to bring to the Sunday Ham Cram session:Please bring a lunch with you on Sunday, as we will be working straight through from the question review to the testing session, to make sure that the information is still fresh in your mind for the exam.You must present a legal photo ID, such as a drivers license or passport, to take the exam. If you don’t have a photo ID, please call The Crucible office at 510-444-0919 for information on how to satisfy the identification requirements without a photo ID.If you are a U.S. citizen or national, or a permanent resident, you must have a Social Security Number (or other federally-issued Taxpayer Identification Number) to complete the required FCC paperwork.You may want to bring a small calculator — but if it’s a scientific calculator the VEs will probably make you remove the batteries and wipe the memories. Please Note: you cannot use a cell phone or smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) as a calculator. And of course, remember to bring a personal checkbook or cash to cover your testing fee(s).