The Crucible isn’t just for adults. Last year nearly 3,000 young people came here to explore their creativity in classes, camps, workshops, internships, and field trips. Our unique hands-on educational opportunities are a great way to fire up young imaginations and open new doors to personal growth.
Spring Break and Summer Camps
Fun, morning or afternoon week-long settings in which youth explore specific disciplines such as blacksmithing, glass flame-working, welding, jewelry, ceramics, and numerous other disciplines. Youth complete projects such as welded sculpture, glass tiles and mosaics, robots and gizmos, glass tube sculpture and more while learning basic rules of science, physics and chemistry.
Spring break dates are March 31 — April 4 and April 14 — April 18.
What better way to end the school day, than cutting loose with a welded sculpture class or glass flameworking class? Our after school classes are an exciting alternative to traditional after school programs. Here, youth discover their own creativity through learning exciting art processes. After school youth activities are available throughout the school year.
Year Round Youth Workshops
The Crucible hosts several annual youth workshops in collaboration with local schools, teaching youth the skills to create a specific project under the instruction of Crucible faculty. Workshops can facilitate team building through group projects, or an individual’s exploration of their own creative interests.
Prior collaborators include The Drew School, Athenian School, Cathedral School for Boys, KIPP Bridge Charter School, Edna Brewer Middle School, Richmond High School, West Oak Middle School and McClymonds High School.
The Crucible offers weekend classes, specifically designed for youth and parents with busy schedules. These popular classes allow students to immerse themselves in disciplines such as glass art and metal, with expert instructors.
We encourage you to browse our winter catalog to review our current offerings for youth.
The Crucible offers two great programs for West Oakland youth: The Crucible’s Earn-A-Bike teaches youth to overhaul and repair donated bicycles. To earn a bike, a program participant fixes a bicycle. The Crucible also offers Bike Fix-A-Thons in which mechanics patch help West Oakland residents to replace tubes, work on wheels and tires, repair cables, gears, and chains, adjust and repair seats and handlebars and whatever else is necessary. Throughout the repair process the mechanics explain their work to the youth in order to deepen their understanding of bike repair and maintenance. Crucible staff also provide tours.
This is a free event for all West Oakland residents
School and community field trips allow youth to witness exciting, live, expert demonstrations of industrial arts processes, making real world connections between the arts, mathematics, science, and world cultures and history. The Crucible staff works closely with educators to ensure these field trips are meaningful and exciting experience.
The Crucible partners with local Oakland schools and youth groups on public art projects. Past projects include the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Sculpture funded by the Alameda County Office of Education as well as the Jack London Square bike welding project in collaboration with Black Rock Arts Foundation and artists Michael Christian. These projects are designed as collaborative activities that bring together different members of our Oakland community.
If you are interested in having The Crucible host a workshop or participate in collaboration with your organization, please contact us
Jefferson Award Winners
We are proud to announce that Kristy Alfieri, our Education Director, and Carla Hall, Youth and Community Manager, are recent recipients of the Bay Area Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards were founded to be a sort of Nobel Prize for public service, with the goal to inspire others to become involved in community and public service at the local level. Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. Congratulations to Kristy and Carla! To read the full story and see the CBS news report Click Here…