Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art
Classes taught at The CrucibleIt’s not all about metal, glass, and fire at The Crucible. Come check out our softer side with classes that introduce you to your sewing machine, show you how to make finished leather goods, or teach you to manipulate paper.
3-Hour Taster: Leather
3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. You can try Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Enameling, Foundry, Glass Casting, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, Leather or MIG Welding. Take a Taster and meet new friends, or give the gift of creativity to someone special. These popular and fun classes fill up fast!
Beginning Acrylic Painting
This course 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!
In this course you will learn the art of bookbinding, to create beautiful personal books for capturing memories, ideas, drawings, and more. We will focus on the foundation of bookbinding technique, history, and materials. Students will construct book blocks, practice stitching techniques, and design covers that express your creative voice. Traditional and contemporary tools will be used to construct several types of books.
Cartoneria: Mexican Paper Sculpture
Learn the ancient and popular art form of Mexican paper mache. Cartoneria combines Aztec styles with Spanish techniques and is deeply rooted in ancient Mexican legends, traditions, and craftsmanship. In this course, 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
Ease into the world of drawing with step-by-step instructions and simple exercises to become familiar with different 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.
Friday Flame: Leather
End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece!
Leather Working I
Learn techniques for working with leather, including cutting, edging, stitching, dyeing, and oiling. Setting rivets and adding hardware like buckles will be covered, as well as design and safety issues. Each student will make a belt and at least one bag.
Leather Working II
Apply and build upon basic leatherwork techniques to create a unique leather bag or alternative project of your choice. From selecting materials to developing a pattern for your design, you will be challenged to problem-solve all steps of the creative process. More advanced leather working techniques such as channeling, installing zippers, making and attaching handles, as well as an introduction to the tanning process, will be covered in this class. PREREQUISITE: Leather Working I
Sewing I: A Crash Course
Become better acquainted with your sewing machine. This 4-hour workshop for beginners focuses on sewing machine parts, operation, troubleshooting, and various sewing tools. Students learn foolproof methods for sewing a straight seam and turning corners. We will also explore fabric types and their uses. Students provide their own sewing machines.
Youth Cartoneria: Mexican Paper Sculpture (ages 8-11)
Learn cartoneria, the ancient and popular art form of Mexican paper-mach̩. Cartoneria combines Aztec styles with Spanish techniques and is deeply rooted in ancient Mexican legends, traditions, and craftsmanship. In this course you will create fantastic and colorful sculptures from paper and recycled materials, using mythological beasts and characters as a starting point.
Youth Leather Working (ages 12-17)
Learn techniques for working with leather including cutting, edging, stitching, dyeing, and oiling. Setting rivets and adding hardware like buckles will also be covered, as well as design and safety issues. Each student will make a belt and at least one bag.
Youth Paperpalooza (ages 8-11)
Learn a new art technique every day of the week! Students will design 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. You will create plenty of beautiful paper creations to display, featuring swirls and kaleidoscopes of colors!
Youth Sewing Reconstruction: DIY Tailcoat, Party Jacket, Character Coat, Space Finery (ages 12-17)
Learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine and reconstruct vintage clothes into a signature garment suitable for joining the circus or starring in a space opera. Use old blazers and other garments to create your own waistcoat, tailcoat, vest, matador jacket, or anything else you can think of. Students can explore techniques such as adding pockets, patches, a hood, a dramatic collar, painted details, gold trim, and fur, metal or leather accents. Chop off the arms or add extra arms; this is your unique creation!
Youth Sewing Reconstruction: Tool Belt, Fanny Pack, Tote Bag (ages 12-17)
Learn the basics of how to operate a sewing machine, then make a useful new object out of old pants. Cut and reassemble the material to create a tool belt, fanny pack, or tote bag. Make the stuff-holder of your dreams: reinforce the bottom with leather or cordura, decorate with metal studs or fabric paint, and add pockets, hammer loops, a water gun holster, and more.