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Classes and Workshops

Schedule & Registration

The UC San Diego Craft Center offers a variety of quarterly classes and workshops as well as demonstrations, lectures, exhibits and art sales. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned crafter, we welcome you to join us!

PLEASE NOTE: Studio Orientations are required for individual access to ceramics, jewelry/glass art, woodworking and surfboard shaping studios. They are offered quarterly and do not replace instruction. New orientations are required if use has lapsed for a year or more. Please refer to the orientation schedule or email us at craftcenter@ucsd.edu.


Spring Break Classes

Stay Safer, Stay Put

UC San Diego students are encouraged to stay on campus this Spring Break to continue to keep our community safe from Covid-19. While everyone is welcome to register and partake in Chef Christina Ng’s video demonstration on Mocktails, the other programs are limited to on-campus, registered UC San Diego students only. This one-time programming received special permission from campus entities.

Craft Mocktails

Monday, March 22
Video on demand for all registered participants • No maximum number of enrollees

Learn how to create healthy, refreshing and festive beverages from basic ingredients via pre-recorded video with Craft Center Chef Christina Ng. Registered participants will receive link to demo video.

All participants can share their creations via Craft Center social media @ucsdcraftcenter! The winner of a free Craft Center class will be selected at random from among participants who post their images. Please use the hashtags #UCSDCraftCenter or #UCSDStaySaferStayPut or DM us to post your images.

Postcards from Paradise*

Wednesday, March 24
3 one-hour making sessions for maximum 17 people: 10-11:30am and 12-1:30pm

Registration

*Available only to UC San Diego students

Create your own postcard to celebrate Spring Break! Learn from local artist, Susan Wickstrand how to transfer photos, catalog or magazine images onto watercolor paper using packing tape in outdoor, in-person making sessions at the new Craft Center. The process is like magic and you’ll walk away inspired and with a new art making method in your skill set! Demonstration videos provided as well for those who prefer to work independently.

All participants can share their creations via Craft Center social media @ucsdcraftcenter! The winner of a free Craft Center class will be selected at random from among participants who post their images. Please use the hashtags #UCSDCraftCenter or #UCSDStaySaferStayPut or DM us to post your images.

Found Fashion: Using Packing Material to Create Wearable Art*

Thursday, March 25
3 one-hour making sessions for maximum 17 people: 10-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm and 1-2pm + 1 Fashion parade/show 3 pm

Registration

*Available only to UC San Diego students

Join Craft Center artists to create wearable art from recycled packing materials in outdoor, in-person making sessions at the new Craft Center. Demo video and photos also provided to all registered students for those who prefer to work independently. Program will end with a festive outdoor parade/fashion show Thursday afternoon (3/25/21) in common area outside Craft Center.

All participants can share their creations via Craft Center social media @ucsdcraftcenter! The winner of a free Craft Center class will be selected at random from among participants who post their images. Please use the hashtags #UCSDCraftCenter or #UCSDStaySaferStayPut or DM us to post your images.


Our Program Offerings!

Ceramics

Develop your creativity through the exploration of clay! We offer a range of classes to assist beginning to advanced students in developing skills, practicing new methods and techniques in pottery, and nurturing creativity and mastery. Our experienced and supportive instructors will help you become better acquainted with the working properties of clay, offering individualized guidance to develop techniques for hand building, throwing, and glazing. Available in our spacious ceramics studio are stoneware and porcelain clays, pottery tool kits, slab roller, pugmill, extruders, 20 wheels, electric bisque kilns, and two high fire (cone 10) kilns. Studio access is available for former or advanced students.

Jewelry

Our unique program in jewelry design and fabrication maximizes an exceptionally well-equipped jewelry studio to appeal to the beginning student as well as to the professional jeweler. Our program enables beginners with no previous hand tool experience to design and create original professional-quality jewelry in silver or gold, as well as in non-precious metals. Additionally, it offers opportunities for more advanced students to learn new techniques and explore different materials from instructors with diverse professional backgrounds. Classes and workshops focus on basic fabrication, wire jewelry, mold making, and electro-plating as well as lost cast waxing. Studio access is available for former or advanced students to work independently.

Woodworking

Expand your ability to explore form and function by learning how to make things out of wood! Our woodworking program focuses on small projects/kit work to maximize opportunities for beginning students to safely learn their way around the tools and equipment in a woodshop. Supportive and experienced instructors cover properties of wood, safe use of machinery and teach techniques on table saw, band saw, miter saw, drill press, drum/disc sanders, planer and jointer. Studio access is available for former or advanced students to work independently.

Lampwork Glass

Explore the magic of manipulating hot glass with a torch! This program includes learning the basics of working with borosilicate or hard glass as well as the process of working with Italian “soft” glass using oxygen and gas torch. Instruction includes an introduction to the history of the craft. Students will make several glass objects including pendants, beads, marbles or similar solid objects. Studio access is available for former or advanced students.

Textiles

Learn the art and craft of weaving, decorating or dying textiles. The warp and weft of your world will never look the same again. Classes and workshops cover a variety of topics including natural dye, weaving, embroidery, fancy stitching, silkscreening and more. Offerings change regularly so there’s always something new for you to try out!

Mixed Media

Explore a rich variety of craft methods and media through workshops and classes that include everything from macrame, printmaking (block print and silkscreen), book design, mosaics, collage and decoupage! We’ll also offer classes and shorter workshops in soap making, candle making and more! Offerings change regularly so there’s always something new for you to try out!

Surfboard Shaping

Learn the exciting craft of surfboard shaping! Under the supportive guidance of an experienced shaper, you will go through the step-by-step process of transforming a foam blank into a surfboard you can ride! Classes includes an orientation to the shaping and sanding bays as well as the glassing room, demonstrations on how to safely and effectively use the tools and materials, and instruction on key design elements that are essential for crafting a board you are stoked on. Absolute beginners to more advanced shapers are welcome to participate in this hands-on program and make the most of the expertise of our shaper-instructors and of our amazing shaping facility equipped with all the tools and materials you need. Shaping bay and glassing studio access is available for former or advanced students to work independently.

Culinary Arts

Sink your teeth into a variety of food preparation techniques and learn from experienced culinary artists how to make the most of fresh fruits and vegetables, ferment produce for pickled treats or tasty beverages or how to bake mouth-watering desserts and decorate them so they are stunning!

Studio Use Passes

We offer studio passes for qualified students to use professional equipment in our ceramics, jewelry/glass art, woodworking, and surfboard shaping studios. Equipment and procedures such as fume and dust collection systems have been put in place to protect our visitor’s health and safety.

You can purchase a quarter pass or day pass to make use of the facilities for personal projects when classes are not in session. These passes require an orientation or a certification for a particular studio.