Vulcan Learning Festival


Two Days of Learning at the Vulcan Studios May 17-18th 2013


Residents of the Vulcan Studios  are holding two days of learning and sharing. Classes include topics such as figure drawing, soundproofing, dance, bike maintenance, donut-making, crochet, digital music production, rope bondage, marketing yourself as an artist and more! Classes are free or a small nominal fee to cover materials. All are welcome to join this creative community in learning and festivity!



4401 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA. 94601
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Plenty of free parking!


10:00am – 11:30am    Neuro-movement, handstands, and overcoming pain
Robin Zander    Unit 18

Join Robin Zander in a discovery of improved performance – from chronic pain to handstands. This workshop is appropriate for everyone from professional performers looking to improve to people with chronic pain or injuries. In 2007 I broke my neck while training for auditions for Cirque Du Soleil. In rehabilitating myself I learned an application for the brain plasticity and motor-learning that I studied throughout college. I now travel internationally to work with athletes and children with special needs to improve performance.

11:30am-12:30pm    Easy Cheese-making
Lauren B    Unit 18

Learn to make cheese out of just milk, vinegar and salt! I’ll have a few fun things to flavor this cheese with too.

1:00pm-2:00pm       Movement Meditation: Deepening Sensations
Liza Bender    Unit 18

I will facilitate a 45min movement meditation that I have found deepens sensations in the body and opens it to new movement possibilities which enhances the bodies ability to deepen learning of new body skills or deepen an already solid body practice.

2:00pm-3:30pm      Unicycling
Donkey         Outside Unit 18

Unicycling Instruction for all

3:30pm-5:00pm                Musicality for Physical Performers
Naomi        Unit 18

Expand your creative toolkit!  Musical awareness in your performance expands your movement options, enhances the audience experience, and can help unblock your creativity.  In this workshop we utilize music-movement synesthetic exercises to explore the limits of physical expression.  Suitable for anyone who does anything onstage to music.  (We will have a trapeze and silks for aerialists, anyone else please bring any props you work with.)

5:00pm-6:00pm                Contact Juggling
Richard        Unit 18

An all-levels contact juggling class for novices and ninjas alike. Contact juggling has a notoriously bad learning curve, but you’ll leave this class with a knowledge of all the proper practice habits and techniques to get you over the first, and worst, hump in this elegant and awesome-looking circus art.

6:00pm-7:00pm      Pastie Making
Naomi        Unit 18

A helpful pre-req for the nipple tassel twirling class to follow. Make some pretties for your titties!

7:00pm-8:00pm                Nipple Tassel Twirling    Bonanza!
Tracy Sengillo      Unit 18

A 101 class for breasts of all shapes and sizes – yes, that includes men too! Believe it or not, you don’t need a rack to twirl tassels – just some attitude and the guts to show a little skin.

This class will go over the basics and different types of nipple tassels, a brief history and some cool new moves to show your friends! I swear, these make the best party tricks…

I may even include some burlesque basics.

10:00pm-11:30pm    Scotch and Blowjobs
Unit 18


10:00am-12:00pm    Saturday Morning Cartoons – BYO Cereal

Bring your breakfast, and watch some cartoons with us in Unit 18!

12:00pm-1:30pm    Flexibility and Unlikely Maths
Lyra Levin       Unit 18

We’ll improve our flexibility while discussing the finer points of unintuitive, beautiful, or weird mathematics.

12:00pm-1:30pm    Marketing for Artists/Creative Business
Gary-Paul Prince    Unit 50(INFERNO Gallery)

In this class you will learn:

* Steps to set-up a Web site and link it to various forms of social media.
* Use Twitter to market your work and reputation
* Use YouTube to market your work, use analytics and also monetize your content
* Create a Facebook Fan page and link to your Web site
* How to create a basic marketing plan that utilizes all your marketing channels effectively

1:30pm-4:00pm              Figure Drawing 101
Gary-Paul Prince    Unit 50 (INFERNO Gallery)

Basic instruction in figure drawing using a live model. Students will be taken through a series of drawing exercises and end with an extended pose. Focused on beginning and intermediate levels but all skill levels welcome.

•        Requirements: bring drawing pad any size and drawing instrument
•        Limited to 10 attendees
•       Cost: Free!

1:30pm-2:00pm            Lazy Man’s Donut Making
Nemo        Unit 17

Learn how to create three types of doughnuts, glazed, filled, and chocked full. Master the art of the doughnut fry and fish plating! Eating of fatty foods will be required. Mmmmmm fat….

2:00pm-3:30pm        Effortless Telepathic Partner Dance
Andrea        Unit 18

No partner necessary- I teach lead/follow gender bender technique. Everyone is encouraged to try both roles.

Fine tune your response-ability. How to talk to your partner with your body, so it looks like you are of the same mind. Working with the body’s natural movement, physics and breath you can achieve dynamic movement and grace with minimal effort.

Synthesizes the base of partner technique from tango, lindy-hop and salsa so you can dance to anything, be it dub, blues, hip hop or bluegrass.

2:00pm-3:30pm        All levels juggling class and open jam
Brian        Unit 5

Thought you could never learn to juggle? Wrong! Been working on your 5 ball cascade? Awesome! This class is for anyone interested in learning to juggle or anyone seeking take their current juggling to the next level.

4:00pm-6:00pm        Intro to Computer Music Programming
Colin Sullivan    Unit 53

An introduction to techniques for programming your computer to make wonderfully terrible sounds using the ChucK programming language.  We will have a quick crash course in how digital audio works, then explore basic audio synthesis and algorithmic music techniques through DOING!  Synthesis techniques will include sinusoidal additive, subtractive, and FM synthesis.  Algorithmic music techniques will include various ways to utilize stochastic processes.

WHO? Anyone who can bring a working computer can attend.  Please sign up if you have ABSOLUTELY NO programming or digital audio experience and want to learn, or if you are a superb software engineer who wants to learn to hack on sounds.  You can also attend if you don’t have a computer to bring and just want to hang out and listen.

If you’d like to have a more intuitive understanding of the concepts and/or practicalities of creating sounds using a computer, this workshop would help a lot.  If you’d like to build you own software synthesizers or transcend the boundaries of the common digital music tools on the market but do not know where to start, this introduction will help point you in the right direction.  If you already have an intermediate understanding of digital audio, FM synthesis, and digital signal processing and you have gone through tutorials of a tool like Max/MSP, SuperCollider, or ChucK before, this is probably not for you.

ALSO! RSVP REQUIRED! Please RSVP to In your RSVP, please mention your experience using computers and digital audio so I can prepare appropriately.  Again, NO EXPERIENCE is perfectly wonderful!  Just let me know :)

4:30pm-5:30pm        Hypnotism
Justin Sumner    Unit 18

Short lecture on basics of hypnotism, followed by group hypnosis session and partner practice. Come learn what hypnotism is all about; experience and practice some basic techniques for using it to improve your life and others’.

5:00pm-6:30pm        Bicycles and How to Keep your Bike as Good as New
Anthony Borrie    Outside Unit 18

Any and all questions that deal with bikes , how you fix them what you really need to know about bike safety.

5:30pm-7:00pm        Crochet Basics
Salamander    Unit 18 or outside

Ever seen something made from yarn you just HAD to have? Ever think to yourself “I could make that, couldn’t I”? Well grab some yarn and come learn some basics to get you started on your journey!

We’ll go over a few basic stitches and Everyone will be given a nice, easy pattern to start off with. You’ll need 3-4 skeins of yarn in either “bulky” or “super bulky” weight and a size P/11.5mm crochet hook. I’ll have some limited supplies to share but keep in mind to finish your project you’ll have to get more yarn (if you use one of mine) and your own hook eventually. . . .

Think of something you would like to make. . . .you could crochet that! You could pretty much make anything from crochet (clothing, accessories, even Poi!). Crochet is the art & technique of creating fabric using yarn and various stitches. Anyone can do it. It can be a calming activity, something to keep your hands busy or to pass the time. It is a joy, and even more of a joy is when you finish the project!

6:30pm-7:30pm        Digital Music Digging (Not just for DJs!)
Jay        Unit 18

Expand your online music searching abilities and start to wade through all the mediocre music out there to find some gems!

7:00pm-8:30pm        Light Art 101
Robb Pope    Unit 52

Light art can be created with any form of sculpture (architecture, wood, metal, glass, junk) and can manifest itself in so many ways whether it’s through LED, shadows, movement, even video projection. In this class we’ll take a look at some examples of awesome light art and talk about some of the ways that light can be played with to create beautiful forms.

8:30pm-9:30pm        Do Drugs Better: Tips & Tricks for Benefit Optimization and Harm Reduction
Andrew        Unit 18

Have you ever had a difficult or hazardous drug experience and wished you could have avoided it?
Have you ever wasted time, money, or neurotransmitters because you didn’t know what you were taking or how to take it?
Ever wondered what the hell is up with all those confusing names, nicknames, combinations, and abbreviations?

There are significant risks and rewards to both medical and recreational drug use.  Accurate information about drugs can be hard to find and anecdotal “street knowledge” is often incorrect or confusing, making it difficult for consumers to make good choices. Accidental poisoning recently surpassed auto accidents as the #1 cause of unintentional death in America, a shift largely attributed to misuse of prescribed and OTC drugs. Don’t be a statistic! Learning how to take care of yourself and the people you care about doesn’t require a chemistry degree, just a few basic resources and practices.In this beginner-to-intermediate level workshop, we will discuss some of the finer points of responsible psychoactive drug use, including:
– Personal preparedness and self-care
– Benefit optimization and dosing guidelines for common illicit substances, OTC medications, and pharmaceuticals
– Important drug interactions and combinations
– “Bad trips” and psychedelic harm reduction
– Risk assessment and crisis management
– Special considerations for events and festivals
The workshop will end with a brief Q&A, with an optional breakout session afterwards for further discussion. No actual drugs will be used or handled during this workshop.

10:00pm-11:30pm    Intro to Rope Bondage
Robbie        Unit 18

***RSVP REQUIRED, email to reserve your spot!***
Come learn the basics of rope bondage in this hands-on workshop! This is a class for beginner and intermediate bondage practitioners to learn and/or brush up on the basics. This is a class for tops AND bottoms to learn how to safely enhance their play. NO EXPERIENCE is necessary!

We will be covering the following:
– Physical dangers and how to avoid them
– Types of rope – some advantages and disadvantages
– Practices for maintaining comfort to extend playtime
– Solutions for communication before, during, and after bondage scenes to maintain physical and emotional safety
– Stretches and warm-ups for rope bottoms (and tops!)
– Incorporating resistance play into your rope bondage scenes
– Basic ties, harnesses, and decorative rope bondage techniques
– Creative options for combining ties and toys
All tops are encouraged to bring a bottom (or another top to trade off with). Feel free to come alone as a top OR a bottom, and we’ll try to partner you up with someone: this will be a safe place for beginners, so don’t be shy!
Tops are encouraged to bring at least the following 4 ropes: two 30-foot lengths, and two 15-foot lengths. High-quality, conditioned 6-mm or 8-mm hemp rope is recommended, and can be found here:
Otherwise a 100% cotton rope run through the laundry a couple times will do fine. Some rope can be provided for a fee: email ( if you’d like the instructor to provide that for you.
***RSVP REQUIRED, email to reserve your spot!***

10:30pm-11:30pm    Beginner/Intermediate Spliff Rolling and Bubble Blowing
Potter   Unit 48 courtyard

We’ll learn to roll a basic cone and an inside out cone, followed by bubbles.  A number of the bubbles use smoke so there will be opportunities to practice the rolling skills in the bubble class

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