Monthly Archives: October 2015

This Week… Ben Kinsley will be here for STUDIO Visits!

janks-last-billboardThis week we will introduce you to artist Ben Kinsley during your 9am Wednesday class in Nevins Theater.  Ben’s projects have ranged from choreographing a neighborhood intervention into Google Street View, directing surprise theatrical performances inside the homes of strangers, organizing a paranormal concert series, staging a royal protest, investigating feline utopia, collecting put-down jokes from around the world, and planting a buried treasure in the streets of Mexico City (yet to be found).

Learn more about Ben and his work by checking out his website at

Or take a listen to this lecture by Brian Eno

Ben sent the following…a lecture by Brian Eno …. that gives a peak at how he thinks about art and its role in the world.

Listen here:

MP3 download:


Ben Kinsley’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as: Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland; Bureau for Open Culture; Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; Flux Space, Philadelphia; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence; La Galería de Comercio, Mexico City; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; and ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe. He has participated in numerous artist residency programs including: the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Skaftfell Art Center, Iceland; Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ireland; and The Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO.


Wednesday ADVISING!

2013-03-01-Sage-adviceThis Wednesday you will be meeting with either Michelle, Angie or Kat for spring course advising.  We will be meeting you in the Harder Hall Studio. Please bring a typed or neatly handwritten schedule that shows what courses you will have completed by the end of this semester and your proposed schedule for next semester.
Please note the schedule below:

9:00 – 9:30      Students in A Group with last names A – J
9:30 – 10:00    Students in A Group with last names K – Z

10:00 – 10:30  Students in B Group with last names A – K
10:30 – 11:00  Students in B Group with last names L – Z


Michelle, Angie and Kat

Class location reminder

Hello Class!

Monday morning A and B Groups will begin new classes.

A Group:  You will be meeting with Profs. Wixted, Latanzi, and Gill in the front section of the Harder Hall studio.  Please bring your drawing boards and kits.  **Make sure that your kits contain drawing tools such as charcoal, pencils, erasers and drawing board clips.

B Group: You will be meeting with Profs. Illuminato and Hunter in the basement of the Cohen Studio.  To access the building you must enter your AU student number into the key pad located on the front doors.  Please bring: your laptops and a notebook.

A or B?

abYou have been assigned to either Group A or Group B for Fall Semester Foundations. Click here to see the list: 2015 Group Lists And here to download the list to your computer 2015 Group Lists.  You will move with this group through 4 workshops this semester that are taught by four faculty teams. Read below to learn where you meet and what to being the first day!

STUDIO Research
Michelle Illuminato/Brett Hunter, M/T, Cohen basement, Group A Bring: Sketchbook, Toolbox, the book “How to be an Explorer of the World” and your laptop.

DRAWING X (explore)
Barbara Lattanzi/Kevin Wixted/John Gill, M/T, Harder Hall, 2nd FL Studio, Group B  Bring: Sketchbook, Art Kit

DRAWING O (observe)
Kat Reising/Kathy Vadja, Th/F, Cohen 1st Floor, Group A  Bring: Sketchbook, Art Kit

Angie To/Jason Green, Th/F, Harder Hall, 2nd FL Studio, Group B Bring: TBA


B Block Studio: MAKE

MAKE tools

Dear A Group Students,

You will need the following tools + materials for your B Block, Studio: MAKE class

  • X-Acto Knife + extra blades
  • Utility Knife + extra blades
  • Fine tipped Sharpie marker
  • A hard leaded pencil HB – 6H
  • pair of good, sharp scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Bottle of white craft glue
  • 18 inch long metal ruler
  • roll of blue or white masking tape
  • 10 sheets of white, 22 x 30, Lennox paper ( ** buy this at the bookstore. Please ask them to wrap it flat, do not have it rolled)

A cake maybe? A round of applause?

Congrats on completing your first two Foundations workshops here at Alfred ! Yay! While you may be away for Fall Break… keep your finger on the pulse of the program… check back to learn more about your next workshops and what you will need to bring for that first day.


ziX4rMg5TGroup B! You will start off next week with STUDIO Research. Please bring the following:

Your Laptop Computer

Your Camera

Your Toolbox (especially scissors, x-actos, cutting board, glue)

Your Package of Photo Paper (not the darkroom one!)

Notebook/Sketchbook + Pen

Walking shoes.

If you do not have something from above, please let us know… at the beginning of class. We have some cameras and other things that we can lend out.

See you at 8 am in Cohen, bottom floor!

SEE LAB – Final reviews: what you need to know…


Individual final reviews will be happening Thursday and Friday of this week during our regular class time. Here you will find the schedule of events: SEE LAB FINAL REVIEWS.

Remember please try to be on time, and early enough to hang your work. And please have patience and be respectful while reviews are going on.

The work we will ask to be seeing is:

1.Contour line drawing

2. Your best sustained smoke drawing from still life (using side of charcoal and eraser)

3. Your best sustained sight lines drawing from still life

4. Tree studies

5. Night drawing

6. Final assignment (4 drawings)

Thanks! Kat n Kathy

Final Project for Studio: MAKE


Final Project Description

For this final project you will be creating a 3 dimensional, self supporting, free standing structure out of heavy weight paper. You will use the skills you have developed over the past 2 weeks to design a structure that hybridizes and abstracts the 2 X enlarged pattern you developed for one of your found objects. You may also choose to borrow inspiration from your classmates if one of them has a pattern that you would like to use.

You will be graded on the following:

1. Overall design and aesthetic strength of the structure
2. Overall structural strength of the project – is it free standing and self supporting?
3. Evidence of attention to detail and good craftsmanship


– Several sheets of heavy weight white drawing paper such as Stonehenge or BFK Rives
– Craft Glue

** students are expected to provide their own materials for this project.

Project is due on Friday October 9th.

Checklist for final critique (Group B with instructors: John, Barbara, Kevin)

For your convenience, here is the checklist for students in Group B, those studying with faculty instructors John, Barbara, and Kevin.  This checklist was also posted last week on the walls of the classroom studio.

Projects checklist

You must bring the following projects to your final crit. These, with exception of computer files, must be ready to hang on the walls 20 minutes BEFORE your scheduled critique. (The first group on Monday and the first group on Tuesday should arrive at 7:30AM to put up their work.)

Project 1.

Four darkened room charcoal drawings:

— Drawing done in near-total darkness as response to the rectangle of the paper and to the sounds
— Drawing of the unstable pinpoint light
— Drawing of after-images created by flash-bulb burst of light
— Drawing of closed-eye vision (after pressing on closed eyelids)

Project 2.

— Negative Charcoal drawing, inverting the black, white, and gray-scale values derived from one of the darkened room drawings.

Project 3.

— 360-degree drawing project

Project 4.

Digital “Image Breakdown” (fractals) project:

— Minimum of 9 digital files made in Photoshop must be in Barbara’s folder on the 5th floor computer workstation in the “East” Computer Lab by Sunday night at 9:00pm. If you already put them there (for that critique), then you are done with this item of the checklist.

Project 5.

Invented Spaces project (using chicken wire, photos, drawing, etc.):

Do bring the following 2 items (note, you do not need to bring the original chicken wire):

— your original printed photo or photos (of the chicken wire, shadows, etc.)
— your completed project

Project 6.

Color Expression Through Juxtaposition – project with the following separate pieces:

— 6 swatches of single hue: opaque, plus changes in tint, shade, tone
— 2 adjacent colors covering single sheet of paper. One color advances, one color recedes
— 9-square grid (harmonious)
— 9-square grid (discordant)
— Color project homework due at final crit.

end of checklist.

Nikki S. Lee

Here is some more info on Nikki S. Lee, the artist whose film AKA Nikki S Lee, we watched on Wednesday. I strongly encourage you to check out more of her work – especially if you are interested in identity, portraiture and performance, she is truly a master of disguise and shape-shifter.

Sikkema Jenkins is her gallery where you can look at more of her work, including her latest drawing pieces.

And this are the final photographs from the Jewish “wedding” scene in her film:1473_5-nikki_s_lee_Wedding41-627x594