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Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Youth Summer Camps

June 22 – August 7

  • Six 1-week sessions available

2015 Summer Catalog

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Paper, Textiles & Leather Faculty

  • Annie Shao – Sewing
  • Sophia Constance – Leather
  • Ralph McCaskey – Leather
  • Ruben Guzman – Cartoneria
  • Steve Boverie – Stereo Photography

It’s not all about metal, glass and fire at The Crucible. Come check out our softer side with classes that reacquaint with your sewing machine, turn old T-shirts into hot couture, create three-dimensional photography or learn the ancient art of cartoneria.

Spring Quarter

Please see the Class Index page here.

Summer Quarter

Cartoneria (Mexican Paper Sculpture)

In this class you’ll learn cartoneria, the ancient and popular art form of Mexican papier-m‰chŽ. Cartoneria combines Aztec styles with Spanish techniques and is deeply rooted in ancient Mexican legends, traditions and craftsmanship. You will create fantastic and colorful sculptures from paper and recycled materials, using mythological beasts and characters as a starting point.

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (NEW!)

Ease into the world of drawing with step-by-step instructions and simple exercises to become familiar with different drawing materials and techniques. Through a series of studio projects, you will learn basic concepts and gain the ability to express yourself as you further develop your skills and confidence.

Beginning Acrylic Painting (NEW!)

Painting for beginners covers the basics of how to work with acrylic paints. Starting with mixing colors, using mediums and becoming familiar with brushes, we will work through a variety of exercises and fun demos aimed at developing your skills. No experience necessary, come learn to paint in a supportive environment.

Bookbinding I

Learn the art of bookbinding and create beautiful personal books that can be used to capture memories, ideas, drawings and more. Students will construct book blocks, practice stitching techniques and design covers that express your creative voice, using both traditional and contemporary tools.

Leather Working I

Learn leather working techniques such as cutting, edging, stitching, dyeing and oiling, as well as setting rivets and adding hardware like buckles and design and safety issues. You’ll make a belt and a bag.

Youth Summer Camp (Youth Cartoneria: Mexican Paper Sculpture / Youth Paperpalooza / Youth Leather Working) (Ages 8 – 11 & 12 – 17)

Cargoneria: Mexican Paper Sculpture
Cartoneria is the the ancient and popular art form of Mexican papier-mâché, combining Aztec styles with Spanish techniques, and is deeply rooted in ancient Mexican legends, traditions and craftsmanship. You will create fantastic and colorful sculptures using mythological beasts and characters as a starting point.

Paperpalooza
Design and create one-of-a-kind, colorful block prints, make beautifully marbled paper with a unique, non-toxic, and fun method, discover the excitement of resists, explore the shimmer of embossing, and more.

Leather Working
Learn leather working techniques such as including cutting, edging, stitching, dyeing and oiling as well as setting rivets, and adding hardware like buckles and design and safety issues. You’ll make a belt and a bag.

Future Quarters

Leather Friday Night Fireside

Industrial arts with a social splash – two hours of leather working fun followed by a drink with your classmates as you compare your finished pieces and visit. A perfect after-work decompression.

Leather Working Three-Hour Taster

Students will learn the basics of hand tooling and weaving leather. These skills will include patterning and transferring techniques as well as leather conditioning and dying. Students will walk away from the class with a small project such as a bracelet, choker, or a cuff.

Introduction to Sewing: A Crash Course

If you’re a beginner, this four-hour workshop is the perfect way to become better acquainted with your sewing machine. You’ll learn sewing machine operation, troubleshooting, and parts; various sewing tools and their uses; and foolproof methods for sewing a straight seam and turning corners. The class also covers types of fabric and their uses.  Students MUST bring their own sewing machine.

Principles of Garment Reconstruction

Have tons of old t-shirts lying around? You can learn how to resize, cut and convert your old clothes and transform them into exciting new garments. This three-session workshop teaches you how to work with knit fabrics using a regular sewing machine, install ribbed cuffs and create some gorgeous new things to wear. You will also get to try out a serger. Please bring three to five t-shirts or knit items to cut apart and repurpose. Students MUST bring their own sewing machine.

Fascinating Fascinators

Substantial or miniscule in size, fascinators are alternative headwear, typically worn as a headpiece or cocktail hat, held in place by a band, clip, pin, or comb. In this class, you will tailor a mini-fascinator to your own unique design using beads, jewels, feathers, and other adornments.  The first session will be a focus on creating the base for the fascinator; several patterns will be provided.  During the second session we will discuss attachment methods and various decoration possibilities.  By the end of the class you will have designed and created a stylish fascinator of your very own!

Leather Working II

In this class you will take the techniques learned in Intro to Leather Working and expand upon them for building larger and more intricate projects.  Students will learn how to line leather, assemble pockets, and how to assemble sectional bags.  Each student will make a briefcase, knapsack, or overnight bag as their project for the course.