Teachers at the Crucible urge you to “flex your creative muscles and take a break from your regular routine.” That’s easy to do with the huge array of affordable classes on offer here, and there’s a beginners’ entry point in every subject area. Learn glass arts, welding, ceramics, textiles, leatherwork, jewelry and enameling, woodwork and stone sculpture. Want more? There’s a neon class, a fire performance class and a kinetic and electronics class for that Burning Man project you need to work on. Another fun option is a Hot Wheels and Bikes class that teaches students to build a bike from scratch, and a sheet-metal class for building motorcycle parts. This fine and industrial Arts Center in Oakland is housed in a massive 56,000-square-foot (5,200-square-metre) warehouse, including rental studios for artists. Look on the website to find details of the tour of the facility, and the class schedule.