Radiant light technology has developed materials and processes that greatly expand the possibilities and palette for light design.
Whether incandescent, fluorescent, neon, LED, plasma or electro-luminescent wire produce the illumination, these classes introduce and explain techniques, tools, properties and adaptability of luminous materials. Finished projects can either stand alone or be combined with many of the other processes taught at The Crucible. (Neon Tools & Techniques)
Light up your life—and your art—by adding neon to your projects. In this class, you’ll learn the skills you need to complete a project in neon, and you’ll have the opportunity to complete an illuminated project. In addition to hands-on instruction in tools and techniques, this class includes discussion of design and aesthetic considerations. Necessary transformers are provided.
Entry-level. Take this class with a friend and get a discount.
Building on the skills developed in Introduction to Neon, this class emphasizes the possibilities when creating unique artwork using neon light. Class work includes discussion of the expanded use of color, choice of glass size, bombarding/manifold operation, self-directed sculptural conception and construction. You’ll have the opportunity to complete two or three illuminated projects.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Neon or consent of the instructor.
This exciting course provides an in-depth exploration of the elements of neon and light for fine sign design. You will learn advanced skills in manipulating hot glass tubing to create letters, shapes and designs for two-dimensional projects. This course also covers how to measure and create neon patterns and techniques for mounting and wiring finished neon.
Prerequisite: Intro to Neon and Continuing Techniques or consent of the instructor.
This course introduces the use of gas plasma in glass vessels to create illuminated sculptures. You will learn how to create a simple vessel for gas plasma, how to process and pump plasma and how to wire the electronics involved in gas plasma sculpture. You will have the chance to complete at least two gas plasma projects.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Neon and Continuing Techniques in Neon or consent of the instructor. Offered twice a year.
Taking a lab is a great way to practice and perfect the skills you learn in class. In labs, you can work on class assignments or your own projects. Lab time is supervised but does not include instruction or materials.
At least one neon class, or permission of instructor.
Add sparkly shimmer to sculpture, interiors and wearable art with electroluminescent (EL) wire, a decorative, flexible wire that glows very much like neon. This one-day workshop introduces the technology and craft of soldering and working with EL wire. You’ll learn basic soldering techniques, various ways to assemble and attach wire to fabric, wood and plastic, and be introduced to drivers and sequencers for animation and advanced techniques.
This workshop takes your EL wire skills to the next level. You will learn about sequencing, which allows you to create simple yet spectacular special effects and animations. You’ll learn how to design for effect and how to combine light and movement in this exciting intermediate class.
Prerequisite: EL Wire Workshop
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are efficient, inexpensive, durable, can be used in many interesting ways and come in many colors, shapes, intensities and sizes. This course teaches you about LEDs and the basic circuits needed to make them work. You’ll get a complete kit of LEDs and parts to use in class and in your future projects.