Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art 2017-11-13T12:18:22+00:00

Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art

Classes taught at The Crucible

It’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.

Adult Classes

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. After a basic introduction to hand-tooling, weaving, and dyeing, create a leather bracelet, choker, cuff, or card carrier to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.

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Bookbinding

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Leather Working II

Apply and build upon basic leatherworking techniques to create a unique leather project of your own design and pattern. From selecting materials to developing a pattern, you will be challenged to problem-solve all steps of the creative process. We will introduce tooling, wet molding, and other advanced techniques. Come with an idea for your final project. PREREQUISITE: Leather Working I

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Youth Classes

Youth Cartoneria: Mexican Paper Sculpture

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.

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Youth Leather Working

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.

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Youth Paperpalooza

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!

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