Metalworking asserts one's power over the elements without the hassle of chasing down deadly tornadoes, transmuting lead into gold, or editing the Grand Canyon's embarrassing odes to curvy rivers. Put away the red pen with today's Groupon: for $239, you get a six-hour MIG welder and plasma-cutter introductory workshop at The Crucible in Oakland (up to a $550 value).
The Crucible's Resolve to Create classes and workshops galvanize students to construct sculptural metal masterpieces with their own labor-stained hands. Working professionals and experienced craftsmen helm small classes, using hands-on instruction to teach their students. The course focuses on the fundamentals of safely and effectively operating an MIG welder and plasma cutter, heavy-duty tools used to bind and split metal particles like a powerful but indecisive magnet. Instructors cover safety procedures and how to prep and finish metalwork, giving the students the tools needed to craft steel yard sculptures, steel armchairs, and rubber-duck-sized submarines for bathtime exploration. Upon successful completion of the class, students gain five weeks of access to the center's workshop to further pursue their metallic muse.
Portions of the workshop can be repeated with a purchase of a membership ($75+) and an additional checkout fee ($40).
With the vision of a bracelet in mind, a student lays a strip of steel over an anvil and begins bending it under the blows of a hammer. Down the hall, another budding artist pours molten glass into a mold, which soon cools into a decorative orb. Each year, more than 5,000 adults and youth take courses at The Crucible in welding, woodworking, glass blowing, jewelry making, ceramics, neon, fire dancing, electronics, and more. As an innovative hub built around the industrial arts, The Crucible is a catalyst for individual growth and vibrant community connections. The studio is also widely recognized as a leader in the Bay Area arts community for its skilled and committed faculty, unique learning experiences, innovative performances and events, and impressive educational facilities.