Open Houses and Information Sessions
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre's Sunday Sampler A free sneak peak at the school's improvisation, acting, clowning, and other class offerings for youth through adults. Sample up to four classes on Sunday, March 18, every half-hour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Addison St., Berkeley. 510-647-2972 or BerkeleyRep.org/School.
California College of the Arts Campus Tours With walking tours of the college's Oakland and San Francisco campuses available daily for prospective undergraduate students and on weekdays for prospective graduate students (during the school year). Check out the school's offerings, from jewelry and metal arts to photography and film. Call or visit website for times and to RSVP. 5212 Broadway, Oakland. 800-447-1278 or CCA.edu/Admissions/Visiting/Reservation.
Ex'pression College for Digital Arts Open House Take a specialized tour of the college's 100,000 square-foot facility, meet faculty, students, and admissions representatives, and attend a financial aid presentation and Q&A session. RSVP online. On Saturday, Feb. 11. 9 a.m. to noon. 6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville. 510-654-2934 or Expression.edu.
Open Houses and Weekly Tours of The Crucible Tour the industrial art center's facilities to get a feel for its environment and learn about its class offerings. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., except during holidays and special events. The Crucible also hosts a spring open house on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 4 p.m., with a science fair that explores the concept of science in art, along with a fall open house during the same time on Saturday, Sep. 8, with live demonstrations and faculty performances. 1260 7th St., Oakland. 510-444-0919 or TheCrucible.org.
Training Programs and Certification Courses
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre Teacher Trainings A resource for teachers interested in incorporating theatrical techniques into their curriculum. Trainings cost $75 per hour and range from improvisation for the classroom to theater for reading comprehension. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. 510-6472977 or BerkeleyRep.org/School/Educator_TeacherTrain.asp.
California Shakespeare Theater Professional Development Trainings Classroom teachers and teaching artists may attend a main stage performance and a two-hour workshop during the theater company's spring and fall production seasons to develop classroom activities and tools for teaching Shakespeare and other classic works. Financial aid is available for teachers from low-income districts. At the Bruns Ampitheater; 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. 510-548-3422 x136 or CalShakes.org/v4/educ/teachers.html.
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Professional Development Workshops A program for K-6 educators to develop classroom teaching skills in arts integration, theater, writing, and more. 339 11th St., Richmond. 510-323-2494 or EastBayCenter.org.
Museum of Children's Art's Art for Educators A $300-$350 workshop for classroom teachers, parents, teaching artists, and others who work with children. Learn how to foster engaging learning environments through visual arts teaching techniques, talking to students about their and others' art, and more. On Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. 538 Ninth St., Oakland, Ste. 210. 510-465-8770, ext. 308 or MOCHA.org.
Classes and Workshops
Article Pract Choose from a weekly offering of knitting and crocheting workshops. Classes range from beginning craft courses to more advanced classes like fingerless glove-making. The shop also offers free,15-minute hands-on help with knitting and crocheting projects (restricted to those made using yarn purchased from the store) every Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 5010 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 510-595-7875 or ArticlePract.com.
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp The organization's after-school program for elementary through high school-age girls runs from January through March at the Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts (1428 Alice St., Oakland), and gives students the opportunity to learn an instrument of their choosing, form a band, write songs, and perform at a live musical showcase. The rock camp also hosts two week-long summer sessions in June and August and a three-day Ladies Rock Camp (for grownup rockers) in the spring. P.O. Box 22469, Oakland. 510-267-1808 or BayAreaGirlsRockCamp.org.
Berkeley Improv Offers improv classes at approximately $9 per session via the Berkeley YWCA. Take a drop-in class or register for a five-course series to participate in a student show on the last day of class. 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 510-848-6370 or BerkeleyImprov.com.
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre Offers seasonal theatre arts classes from puppetry to playwriting for children, teens, adults, and seniors of all experience levels. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. 510-647-2972 or BerkeleyRep.org/School.
California Shakespeare Theater The award-winning theater company offers a variety of classes, workshops, internships, and conservatories for kids and adults at various Bay Area locations from schools to libraries. The company's Summer Shakespeare Conservatory gives students the opportunity to work with professional teaching artists to cultivate improv, physical comedy, voice, and acting skills, and more. Call or visit website for specific program details. 701 Heinz Ave., Berkeley. 510-548-3422 x136 or CalShakes.org/v4/educ.
The Crucible Offers industrial arts classes for youth and adults, from beginners to seasoned artists and trades people. Courses range from three-hour crash-courses to five-week sessions, with woodworking, neon and light classes, glass-blowing, and more. 1260 7th St., Oakland. 510-444-0919 or TheCrucible.org.
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Offers dance and music classes for children in groups or private sessions, along with contemporary and traditional after-school art programs at various East Bay school districts. 339 11th St., Richmond. 510-234-5624 or EastBayCenter.org.
Jazzschool With classes in jazz and related genres taught by some of the area's prominent musicians. Courses for both youth and adults range from music theory to hands-on music workshops, with short-term to quarterly courses. 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. 510-845-5373 or JazzSchool.com.
Kala Art Institute 1060 With an annual offering of nearly one hundred classes in printmaking and digital media, all taught by exhibiting Kala artists. Learn how to build a Wordpress website for artists, use a letterpress, engrave wood, and more. Heinz Ave., Berkeley. 510-549-2977 or Kala.org.
Kinetic Arts Center Offers circus and physical theatre training and fitness programs for youth and adults, from acrobatics to trapeze arts, culminating in regular theatrical productions. 785 7th St., Oakland. 510-444-4800 or KineticArtsCenter.com.
Museum of Children's Art Offers hands-on arts classes and camps for children. 538 Ninth St., Oakland, Ste. 210. 510-465-8770 or MOCHA.org.
Ohlone College Community Education Courses Not-for-credit class offerings for children and adults available online and at the school's Fremont and Newark campuses. Courses range from one-day workshops to six-week courses and after school programs. Arts-related courses include Chinese folk songs, belly dancing, Asian brush painting, digital photography, and more. Dates and tuition costs vary; visit website for course listings and registration (college enrollment not required). 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont. 510-742-2303 or Ohlone.Augusoft.net.
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment The MADE offers free, weekly video game programming classes for kids (Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.). 610 16th St., Ste. 230 (dial #0230 on the entry gate). TheMADE.org.
Pan Theater With beginning to advanced professional improve performance training for actors. Auditions are required for admission. 2135 Broadway, Oakland. 415-724-2344 or PanTheater.com.
The Peralta Colleges The schools offer a variety of affordable, semester-long arts classes in painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, and much more. With campuses in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda, as well as online instruction. Central office: 333 E. 8th St., Oakland. 510-466-7200 or Peralta.edu.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective Offers free and low-cost skill shares, workshops, and craft events with a DIY emphasis. The collective welcomes proposals for new classes as well as volunteers for class assistance and promotion. 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 510-238-9171 or RPSCollective.org.