Youth Workshops & Group Classes
The Crucible hosts several types of youth workshops, activities, and community art projects with local schools and organizations. Youth complete projects like welded sculptures, glass tiles and mosaics, robots and gizmos, and glass tube sculptures, while learning basic rules of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. These workshops are active and will have students energized and excited, encouraging each other creatively. There is always a lot of enthusiastic story swapping about their experiences in industrial arts at the end of each session!
McClymonds High School Frame Alteration Workshop
Each year, students from McClymonds High School participate in a bike hacking design challenge, and a small group is selected to come to The Crucible to bring the top ideas to life. Led by Crucible faculty and prior Pre-Apprentices, the students take part in a bike frame alteration workshop where they learn to cut, weld, grind, sand, and paint, using bike shop and metalworking tools.
The Girls Inc. Eureka Program Workshop
The Girls Inc. Eureka Program completed a workshop with The Crucible’s expert faculty to learn the industrial arts of welding, blacksmithing and oxy/acetylene torch cutting. The group of thirty girls created five beautiful metal platters, each platter exploring a different element of their motto: Strong, Bold and Smart. Four of the completed platters were then auctioned to support the Girls Inc. summer program during their annual fundraiser Women of Taste: Art for Epicure.
Gear Girls Welding Workshop
Each year, several female students from Oakland Tech High School complete a six-week welding workshop. The students learn the basics of ARC welding and oxy-acetylene torch cutting, while exploring the theme of self-identity and culture in the making of individual steel sculptures. The students write an artist statement and an essay about their experience learning how to weld and translating their ideas into art. The 2016 class was led by Crucible instructors Michelle Acosta and Katia Navidad Rallon, and assisted by Lizzie Uscanga—all women working in the arts and industry of welding. Oakland Tech High School teacher, Alicia Arnold, coordinated, encouraged, and supported the student’s creative learning process. This program is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.
Cole Middle School Bench Workshop
Twelve Cole Middle School students visited The Crucible after-school, twice a week for five weeks, during which they designed and fabricated a bench for their school campus. Artists gave welding, blacksmithing, and woodworking demonstrations, followed by general and specific safety training. The students then designed and fabricated a bench, using their new knowledge. The installation of the bench took place during the school’s graduation ceremony as a celebration of Cole School and the potential for dynamic collaboration between West Oakland organizations.
City Slicker Farms Vegetable Cart Workshop
Youth from the West Oakland community, with the guidance of John McCormack, a Crucible woodworking instructor, designed and built a mobile vegetable stand forAnother huge success for West Oakland’s City Slicker Farm. The participating youth were involved in every step of the construction process, from drawing and layout to using their newly acquired woodworking and welding skills.
KIPP Bridge Charter School Wheelchair Ramp
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a gift from John Chalsty, and the combined efforts of Crucible artists, staff, faculty, and community members, over 20 youth helped fabricate panels for a wheelchair accessible ramp at The Crucible. The workshop brought together project managers, educators, youth, community members, and artists who collaborated to design and construct the ramp’s railing and pictorial panels that incorporate the history of West Oakland, Oakland, and The Crucible. Under the guidance of Crucible artists, youth brought to fruition the decorative panels with MIG welding, plasma cutting, and finishing techniques.