Not just for grownups!

Thousands of Bay Area youth ages 8 and older have attended Crucible classes, camps, workshops and events. From welding to jewelry and glass (and much more) we provide a unique setting for youth to explore their creative voices while absorbing real-life lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ages 8-11

  • Kandi Cuffs and Perlers (ages 8-11)

    Learn a variety of beading styles to create fun accessories. Students will use Perler Beads to create jewelry known as kandi cuffs, then personalize their work with small objects brought in from home.

  • Youth Cartoneria: Mexican Paper Sculpture (ages 8-11)

    Learn cartoneria, the ancient and popular art form of Mexican paper-maché. 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 Chibi: Miniature Figurines (ages 8-11)

    Learn the basics of preparing, shaping, sculpting, cane making and baking polymer clay. Use your own brightly colored clay to make small sculptures known as Chibis and incorporate them into wearable objects. You will leave this class with small memorable objects and will be wearing self-made accessories with pride!

  • Youth Clay Critters (ages 8-11)

    Explore clay as a sculptural material to create critters of your own imagination! Learn hand-building techniques such as slabs, coils, and pinching. We will cover several different surface treatments, traditional glazes and non-traditional approaches.

  • Youth Extreme Gizmos (ages 8-11)

    Learn kinetic techniques to design, engineer, and construct a mechanical sculpture, contraption, or gadget with lights and moving parts. Using new and salvaged components, you will learn how motors, lights, and switches work, how to create mechanical structures, how to create different types of motion, and how to incorporate switches to operate your very own fantastical contraption!

  • Youth Gravity Cars (ages 8-11)

    Build. Test. Adjust. Race! Gravity Cars is a no-rules miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Nerdy Derby. Like the Nerdy Derby we will have a large, undulating track and no restrictions on the size of the cars or materials that can be used. Gravity Cars reward creativity, cleverness, and ingenuity.

  • 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 Woodcarving & Sculpting (ages 8-11)

    Learn the history, cultural significance, and process of woodcarving and sculpting, including design and carving approaches. Through hands-on demonstration and approach, students get expert guidance through every step of the carving process, from brainstorming to adding fine detail. You’ll create a unique 3-D project of your own.


Ages 12-17

  • Skateboard Building (ages 12-17)

    Design and build your very own custom skateboard from seven layers of hard maple veneer. Learn woodworking techniques and the concepts of vacuum press veneering and bending wood. Practice using basic woodworking power tools including the band saw and power sanders, as well as hand tools such as files, rasps, and planes. Apply a basic wood finish and set up your skateboard deck to ride. This course is based on the book “The Handmade Skateboard” by Matt Berger.

  • Youth Adventures in Sand Casting (ages 12-17)

    In this introduction to foundry processes, you’ll turn your ideas into cast-metal sculptures as you learn the basics of metal casting. You will make a sculpture, create a mold in resin-bonded sand, and then watch as molten aluminum is poured into your mold. Once cooled, you have your own unique, finished sculpture!

  • Youth Blacksmithing I (ages 12-17)

    Learn to bend and shape steel in The Crucible’s smithy as you practice traditional blacksmithing techniques such as drawing, bending, twisting, punching, slitting and drifting using the forge and anvil. Students will learn to forge with confidence and complete projects such as a bracelet, hook, fork, and spoon.

  • Youth Blacksmithing II (ages 12-17)

    This class, designed as a sequel to Youth Blacksmithing I, extends your basic blacksmithing abilities. Techniques covered will include scroll making, collaring, basic tool making, and heat treating. This class provides skills you need for more advanced classes, such as Techniques in Ornamental Ironwork. PREREQUISITE: Youth Blacksmithing I

  • Youth Blacksmithing Immersion Program (ages 12-17)

    Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to bend and shape steel in The Crucible’s smithy as you develop traditional blacksmithing techniques such as drawing, bending, twisting, punching, slitting and drifting, using the forge and anvil. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary.

  • Youth Cast Glass Sculpture (ages 12-17)

    Use clay and wax to create a positive form, such as a starfish, then transform it into a glass sculpture. Students learn how to sculpt wax or clay and create molds using plaster and silica. Glass will be melted into the molds in a kiln firing, resulting in a clear or colored glass object. This class will also explore surface imagery on glass through a quick sandblasted drinking glass project.

  • Youth Casting Wax to Silver (ages 12-17)

    Learn the lost wax casting process, an age-old sculptural jewelry-casting process that involves creating a positive model out of wax, using that model to make a mold, then using the mold to cast a form in metal. You’ll carve, cast, and finish at least one pendant or ring in silver, and experiment with different types of wax and their working qualities as you learn the techniques and tools of this process. Bring your sketches and ideas for jewelry. PREREQUISITE: Youth Exploration in Metal Jewelry.

  • Youth Creatures in Fused Glass (ages 12-17)

    Create a variety of creatures and habitats in both warm and cold glass. Students will learn how to cut, shape, and embellish glass using a variety of tools, molds, and machines. 2-D and 3-D projects may include fused tiles, jewelry, treasure chests, wind chimes, cityscapes, toadstools, insects, and jellyfish. Young artists will be encouraged to choose projects and create art based on your own interests.

  • Youth Enameling (ages 12-17)

    Discover the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. You’ll learn about metal preparation and fabrication for enameling, kiln properties and methods for firing, properties of enamel, and dry and wet application techniques. No previous jewelry making, enameling, or metalworking experience necessary.

  • Youth Exploration in Metal Jewelry (ages 12-17)

    Make a fashion statement! Using copper, silver, and other nonferrous metals, you’ll learn jewelry and metal art skills to create trendy jewelry of your own design. In this hands-on class you’ll be taught filing, sanding, texturing, and polishing techniques used in creating metal jewelry. You will leave this class wearing a project of your own design.

  • Youth Flameworking Immersion Program (ages 12-17)

    Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn the science and lore of glass flameworking, while you create beautiful objects such as ornaments, pendants, sculptures and exquisite marbles. Safe and efficient operation of oxy-propane torches, kilns and shaping tools will be covered. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. Advanced color pulling, glass compatibility, and patterning techniques will have you brimming with new ideas!

  • Youth Frame Alteration: Art Bike (ages 12-17)

    Customize your bicycle in this exciting workshop! Students will learn basic fabrication skills in MIG welding, plasma cutting, grinding, and finishing to reconstruct their bikes. Frames will be stripped and you will learn to redesign and alter handlebars, rims, seat posts, and frames to create a unique look that will make your bike the talk of the neighborhood. You are required to bring your own steel-framed bicycle.

  • Youth Glass Flameworking (ages 12-17)

    Create beautiful glass ornaments, pendants, marbles, and more! Learn how to use tools and equipment like an oxy-propane torch to melt and shape glass with confidence. We’ll cover a variety of techniques including color pulling and applying, color pattern application, and marble-making.

  • Youth Glass Tube Sculpture: Intro to Neon (ages 12-17)

    Learn the science behind neon gases and high voltage electrical transformers as you are taught how to shape and manipulate glass tubes into letters, shapes, or figures. Bending glass in this challenging course will build hand-eye coordination and concentration skills. The goal by the end of the week is for each student to make one small, working, neon-filled luminous tube that is wired with a transformer. The piece can be taken home or incorporated into other artwork.

  • Youth Intro to Welded Sculpture (ages 12-17)

    Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal. This intensive introduction to stick welding (also known as arc welding) and oxyacetylene torch cutting is taught by a technical pro. In-depth demonstrations and guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment as instructors help you create a small welded sculpture or project.

  • Youth Jewelry Immersion Program (ages 12-17)

    Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Using copper, silver, and other nonferrous metals, you will learn jewelry and metal art skills to create trendy jewelry of your own design. We will cover filing, sanding, texturing, and polishing techniques used in creating metal jewelry. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects.

  • Youth Kinetics Immersion Program (ages 12-17)

    Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young makers along the way. We will construct mini-sumobots, small robots that can seek out their opponents and push them out of the competition ring. Students learn to build circuits by identifying components, assembling a circuit board, and soldering parts together. We will build the chassis of our sumobots with simple materials, adding motors and sensors to help the bots move and navigate. The week will culminate with a showdown where students can pit their bots against each other!

  • 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 MIG Welding (ages 12-17)

    MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.

  • Youth Portraits in Clay (ages 12-17)

    Use hand-building techniques to create contemporary busts out of clay. This class is great for students interested in sculpting portraits and taking their clay skills to the next level. We will also finish the class with raku, a hands-on firing technique using fire and smoke to create beautiful metallic glaze finishes.

  • Youth Radical Robots (ages 12-17)

    Build a simple remote-controlled robot. From the wheels up, you will create your robot’s shape and personality from salvaged components, mechanisms, and electrical components. Learn soldering, mechanical construction techniques, and how to remove and repurpose these items.

  • 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.

  • Youth Welded Sculpture Immersion Program (ages 12-17)

    Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal in this intensive introduction to stick (or arc) welding and oxyacetylene torch cutting. Guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary.

  • Youth Woodturning (ages 12-17)

    Using a lathe, you can turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle or bowl. In a jam-packed, 5-day class, you will learn the basics of the turning process as you explore small bowl turning and spindle turning. The class will cover tool usage and sharpening, as well as wood selection, preparation, and finishing.


Ages 14-17

  • Youth Adventures in Soft Glass: Beads, Bugs & Monsters! (ages 14-17)

    Students will be taken on a journey to explore colorful glass beads, bugs, and monsters with crazy eyes and wacky facial expressions, using an oxy-propane torch. We will cover bead surface patterns, shaping and forming glass, and will also take a brief historical look at monsters to inspire your very own projects.

  • Youth Glass Blowing I (ages 14-17)

    Learn the basic skills and techniques to create a personalized hand-blown glasswork. With supportive instruction in a team environment, you will learn to safely work with molten glass, gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass. Be prepared to work in the heat!

  • Youth Glass Blowing II (ages 14-17)

    Students continue to work towards glass blowing proficiency in this intermediate-level class. We will utilize new tools, techniques, and an expanded knowledge of the physics involved to help hone our hot shop skills. Students will group into teams to create both functional and sculptural pieces. Be prepared to work in the heat. PREREQUISITE: Youth Glass Blowing I

  • Youth Glass Blowing Immersion Program (ages 14-17)

    Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to safely work with molten glass, gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary, but be prepared to work in the heat!

  • Youth TIG Welding (ages 14-17)

    TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is a highly precise method of welding that makes clean and focused welds on everything from super-thin to very thick materials. You will learn the basics of TIG welding by working with mild steel. You will create sculpture projects that allow you to put your creativity and welding skills to use!

  • Youth Woodworking (ages 14-17)

    Learn to use hand and power tools to shape wood into objects that will last for decades. You’ll learn about the properties of lumber, safe tool use, measurement and layout, and fundamental woodworking joints. At the end of this week-long course, you’ll leave with an end-grain cutting board, a mitered corner box, and the skills to build an unlimited range of wooden objects.


Youth After Care

  • Youth After Care: 1 hour 4-5pm

    The Crucible provides daily Youth After Care for students enrolled in youth camps. You can select a 1-hour option (4-5pm) or a 2-hour option (4-6pm), running for the entire week of the selected camp. Youth After Care is supervised by a youth staff member and is intended to allow extra time for working parents to wrap up their work days. We encourage you to pre-register!

  • Youth After Care: 2 hours 4-6pm

    The Crucible provides daily Youth After Care for students enrolled in youth camps. You can select a 1-hour option (4-5pm) or a 2-hour option (4-6pm), running for the entire week of the selected camp. Youth After Care is supervised by a youth staff member and is intended to allow extra time for working parents to wrap up their work days. We encourage you to pre-register!