This past Thursday, 327 students from eight local schools descended on our studio for the first of four Field Trip Days we’re hosting this Spring. Every year, we open our 56,000 square-foot studio to Bay Area students so they can see what industrial arts education looks like up close. During a 90-minute self-guided and interactive tour, youth witness demonstrations by artists and industry experts in twelve different areas, including Glass Flameworking, Glass Blowing, Welding, Blacksmithing, Jewelry, Foundry, Bicycles, Neon, Woodcarving, and Torch Cutting.
Students hold up letters cut with an oxy-acetalyne torch during a demo by our Welding department.
A Crucible field trip puts principals of STEAM learning on display in artistic practice. Students witness firsthand how artists and makers are creating the objects that surround us and learn about the processes, tools, materials, and applications of industrial arts. And best of all, Oakland Public and Title I schools visit for free, with 88% of last year’s students participating in Field Trip Days at no cost to their school!