Your Guide To A Creative Shelter-In-Place

By Cathy Niland | 4.15.2020

Now that we are in week five of California’s shelter-in-place, there is no better time to recommit to art, making, and creativity. Studies show that being creative—no matter your skill level—can improve your mood, relieve stress and anxiety, and influence brain connections. With stress high and the news changing day-by-day, there is no need to feel pressured to produce a masterpiece. Many artists and art spaces, including The Crucible, have ramped up digital programming and this is a great time to find new creative outputs or offerings and make time to do what helps you feel connected and happy.

To help, we’ve organized a handful of virtual art-related activities you can do from the comfort of your couch (and some outside your door!). See below for your guide to a creative shelter-in-place and know that community, creativity, and compassion will be what get us through this. #WeAreInThisTogether

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P.S. Please email us your own creative shelter-in-place finds and we will add them to this guide!

The Crucible’s Virtual Artist Talk Series:
Shelter-In-Place With Our Creative Faculty

To stay connected to our art community, we’re sitting down with a Crucible faculty artist every other Friday at 3pm PST, April 5-June 5, 2020.

From jewelry to ceramics, and metal embossing to glass blowing, enjoy the art and artists that make The Crucible so special!

Rachel-Anne Palacios

Repujado: History, Family, and Culture

Karen Smith

Metalworking Beyond Borders

Rosa Dorantes

Creating Culture Through Ceramics

Sam Schumacher

Whimsical and Functional Glass

Lara Hopwood

Lighting A Path

Nico Chen

Expansive Creativity In A Time Of Confinement

Rob Nehring

Turning Scrap Into Sculpture

Be Creative Outside With Oakland’s Public Art

We compiled a list of ‘9 Oakland Public Art Displays To Explore While Social Distancing’

Hands-on Activities For All Ages

You can have a creative shelter-in-place with these Crucible artists and community members

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Join Leather, Textiles, and Fine Art Department Head, Kristin Arzt for online textile dyeing classes.

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Crucible Jewery Instructor, Fati Genese has launched a Patreon for inlay content and tutorials.

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Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art is hosting a series of virtual art classes for youth ages 5 1/2 to 12.

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Self Help Graphics & Art is hosting Friday workshops featuring topics like zine making and blackout poetry.

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Follow prompts for simple creative activities that challenge you to think about your surroundings.

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Join Family Maker Camp every day for new hands-on activities the whole family will love.

Be Creative and Help Others

Make: Magazine has a list of projects that can be made at home to help loved ones and health workers who need protective gear during the shelter-in-place.

Enjoy Art Near And Far

Process videos, virtual museum tours, art from every corner of the globe—find endless creative entertainment from the comfort of your couch.

Explore art by Crucible faculty—and buy a piece to support

See what our incredible faculty members make at The Crucible and in their personal studios. Plus, you can purchase work and support them during our Covid-19 related closure.

The Corning Museum of Glass “Watch with the Artist” Series

The series allows viewers a new way to engage live with talented glass artists, posing questions and commenting while watching past demonstrations in which the glassmakers created new works at the Museum in Corning, NY.

Find #CrucibleInspiration on Instagram

We regularly post about inspiration industrial artworks by artists from all over the world. Check out the hashtag #CrucibleInspiration to see our curated collection.

SFMoMA’s #MuseumFromHome

The SFMOMA galleries are temporarily closed, but their content is available 24/7. Find videos and articles from around the museum.

Artisan Videos on Reddit

See process videos from makers of every kind and from every corner of the globe.

Virtual Arts Advocacy Day, Wednesday, April 15

Join arts advocates and elected officials for a day of conversation and webinars on arts access and education in California.

Tips From The Experts

NPR has 6 tips for how to start and maintain healthy making habits for every artist, no matter your skill level.

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