Spring Open House

Saturday, April 2, 2011 • 12-4PM
Free Admission

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A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible’s 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar and sparks fly. Check out exciting live demonstrations including welding, glass working, metal casting, blacksmithing and much much more. Catch amazing fiery performances and wander through our student and faculty art show displaying the creativity of The Crucible. Then grab a drink and snack and take the Summer Camp preview tour.

Event Highlights:
– Live industrial art demonstrations
– Incredible demonstrations by Crucible youth artists
– Amazing molten metal pour in our foundry
– Fun hands-on activities
– Fiery stage performances by our fire performance faculty & students
– Awesome aerial performances by Oliver Pavick and Jenny Atomik
– Spectacular art show showcasing work from Crucible students, faculty & staff
– Beautiful handmade art for sale by Crucible artists
– Exciting preview tours of The Crucible’s Summer Camp
– Intriguing project debut combining science and art by Lindsay Waldrop
– Eye popping discounts on Crucible classes
– Bicycles for sale in The Crucible’s Bike Shop
– Tasty food and drink
– And chances to win free tuition for a Crucible class!

The Crucible is truly unique with all the industrial art disciplines we have under one roof. During our Open House we will have demonstrations in every room with instructors and students on hand to answer any questions you may have. We will also have some of our incredible youth artists demonstrating their skills! Check out a map of our studio!

Art Show
Every spring we like to show off what we do here with a spectacular art show. We will have pieces from Crucible staff, students, faculty and volunteers showcasing all the fabulous industrial arts classes we teach here. During the open house we will ask visitors to vote on their favorite top three pieces and awards those artists with free tuition on a Crucible class of their choice.

Handmade Art for Sale
This year we will have Crucible artists on hand selling their beautiful handmade art. Currently we have Tara Murray Art Glass, Nightside Studios, Red Frog Metal Design, Rusty Noodle and many more.

Summer Camp Preview Tour
As most parents are well aware, summer is just around the corner and the frantic search for something cool to keep their youngsters engaged has begun. This is an excellent time to learn more about out The Crucible’s summer camp experience! This tour will focus specifically on what classes we offer for budding artists ages 8-17. Sign up now to join the tour.

Combining Science and Art
At our Open House Lindsay Waldrop will be debuting her science experiement about how crabs smell with their noses and how she used glass flameworking to help complete her project.

“I’m a graduate student at UC Berkeley, and I study the way crabs capture and use smells by building models of their hairy “noses” with pulled glass.  When I started studying a different species of crab, one that lives on land, I realized that pulling glass wouldn’t be enough.  I turned to the Crucible’s glass flame-working studio for help to create my model and finish my experiments.  Please stop by the Open House to learn more about sniffing crabs and how the Crucible helped me create art for science!” – Lindsay Waldrop

Discounts on Crucible Classes
New students who sign up for a Spring class during the Open House, will receive 20% off class tuition. All members who sign up, will receive 25% off. Not a member and want to snag up the 25% off? Become a member that day, get 25% off a class registration and start reaping those member rewards!

Win FREE tuition for a Crucible class
During our Open House we will have two different ways you can win free tuition for a Crucible class. One is to enter our drawing when you first arrive for a chance at the free class or a family 4 pass to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The second way is to join our Resolve to Create campaign. We are asking folks of all ages to make a creative resolution for 2011. We will have a camera set-up to take your picture with your resolution. You will then be entered into our Resolved to Create drawing that happens every month during 2011. Learn more about our Resolve to Create campaign and check out others resolutions

Fire Hula Hoop

Combining Science and Art

Oliver Pavick Aerialist

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Event Location & Directions
The event will be located at:
The Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

The Crucible has a very small parking lot on the corner of 7th & Union that will be available for disabled placard parking only. Those spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and go quickly. There are also two paid parking lots that will be staffed. One is on Kirkham Avenue and the other is the 5th Street lot by BART. Please do not park in lots owned by local businesses or the residential area behind The Crucible; your car may be towed.

Public Transit
Ditch the car and don’t worry about parking – The Crucible is easily accessible by BART!
From the West Oakland BART Station, exit onto 7th Street, turn right and walk 2 blocks east to Union (at the 2nd light). The Crucible is on the northwest corner of 7th & Union, at 1260 7th Street. To plan your BART trip, visit www.bart.gov.