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Friday, August 22, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Two: Learn How to Make Burning Man-esque Art at The Crucible This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

click to enlarge THE CRUCIBLE
While some of us cheer that the burners are gone, others feel left out by not making it to the playa. Either way, throughout the duration of Burning Man we'll be sharing events and places in S.F. that would normally be overrun with burners that you should check out sans BM crowds. 

From the creative costumes worn by festival attendees to the various sculptures that are present throughout the festival each year, art is one of the most important components of Burning Man. In past years, the sculptures featured at Burning Man have been comprised out of anything from metal and steel to fire, and in some cases, bike parts.

If you’re going to Burning Man this year, you might see the “Bike Bridge,” an arch made almost entirely out of parts from bicycles. Created in 2012 by the Oakland-based non-profit arts organization The Crucible alongside artist Michael Christian and 12 art students, the Bike Bridge has been stationed in Oakland for the past two years and will be making an appearance at this year’s Burning Man festival.

If you’re not going to Burning Man this year, you can still take art classes from The Crucible — while everyone else is running around in the desert, you can be learning how to create art using the same materials as the sculptures your friends are looking at while they’re on the playa.

Since its inception in 1999, The Crucible has been known for its small, hands-on classes and workshops covering everything from glass blowing to fire eating. This coming weekend (Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24), The Crucible will be offering weekend-long immersion classes in welding, glass flameworking, jewelry making, and several other art forms. Each class is both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving you a full 16 hours of art lessons.

Also available through The Crucible are weeklong immersion classes in glass blowing or glass flame-working. The classes for each subject span 40-hours over a weeklong period and are priced at $1500 for one set of classes. As The Crucible’s website points out, it's likely still cheaper than going to Burning Man: “At $1500, [the classes] may still be less expensive than the combined cost of a ticket, food, gas and miscellaneous supplies."

When all your Burning Man friends come back with pictures of all the art they saw on the playa, you can show them the pieces of art you made while they were gone — pretty cool, right?

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