Monthly Archives: April 2020

One Page or 2-page book spread

You choose!



Foundations Art Catalogue/Year Book!

In lieu of our Spring Foundations exhibition this year (sad face) we have decided to instead make a collaborative book! Part exhibition catalogue, part yearbook; it will celebrate all the wonderful things you have made, materials used and concepts developed. Everyone gets a copy!



The faculty have been collecting images of student works from the past semesters and our Covid block in a DropBox folder that has been shared with each of you (look for email invite). You can scroll through the images and download ones you would like to use.

Hopefully you have also been documenting your work along the way!



FOR THE BOOK, we would like you to design 1 or 2 pages showcasing some of your favorite pieces from the year. We are asking for 2-5 images per person from the Fall and/or Spring semesters. Please also reflect on the following questions and use them as a jumping off point for a written component in your final page(s). You can address all or any of the questions:

  • Which do you identify with more: the pencil or the eraser?
  • What did you connect with the most in Foundations? Why?
  • What was the biggest obstacle to overcome? How did you do that?
  • What advice would you give to an incoming art student?



For the page design you can choose 1 of 2 things:


Design your own page in Photoshop or InDesign, or whatever software you feel is best! This is the preferred option as we get to see some of your personality come out!

Everyone can download the Adobe Suite and Photoshop by following these instructions:

Below are some guidelines and screenshots for design specifics

  • Must be 8.5”x11”
  • Must be at 300 dpi or higher
  • Remember to save a copy of your file as a flattened image
  • Must be exported as a jpg!!!

To create your documents please make sure you do the following when starting a new file in Photoshop:

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This is your time to show off your personality and design skills. Make it yours, have fun with it! There are a lot of different ways you could take it. A couple examples:

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Once you have completed your files in Photoshop, or whatever design software you choose – MAKE SURE YOU SAVE AS A JPEG.

You will then upload it to a One Drive Folder with your name on it. Each of you have been sent a link to the One Drive Folder so please check your Alfred email/ junkmail.


IF you are unable to access Photoshop, you can turn over complete design control to Angie, Dale and myself. Please upload your 2-5 images into your dropbox folder and a document with your answered questions. We will take it from there!


These will be due to us by Sunday at midnight. And, as always, please contact Angie, Dale or Kat for any help/questions with the project!

Once the book is put together we will send everyone a pdf copy and start collecting addresses to send your hard copies to. This will also be archived in Scholes Library!




Foundations Quarantine Challenge


The Origin Of The Word ‘Quarantine’

Post your projects this week on the Blog and on Instagram using these hashtags:

#foundationsquarantinechallenge   #thelongerthehashtagthebetter

The Image?

Think back over the recent projects posted to your blog. Have you been taking advantage of the photograph? The image? The camera’s point of view (POV)? This weeks’ projects are assigned to you by MakeLAB and we want you to think about the potential of sculpture. We are interested in you using materials to build up and out into three dimensions. Our most important material will be space and activating space. If we are building in three dimensions and working with space, how do we show our work over the internet? A major limitation is given to us by COVID-19. Or an amazing opportunity to practice describing three dimensions and space through images. 

As you work through this weeks’ projects, practice photography. We ask you to take dozens of photographs of each project and pull out the best 5-6 images to upload on the blog or Instagram. With your group of images, you want to achieve two things. First, the images should thoroughly describe the project. Show us everything about the project you can think of. Second, the images themselves need to be interesting. The best way to freshen up your photographs is to change your point of view. Read the articles below and watch the embedded videos to help get you started thinking about POV!


point of view photography

power of POV


Day 1: Can you wear every piece of clothing you own all at one time?


  1. Gather all your clothes and strategize an order which allows you to put as many of the clothes on as you can. Photograph yourself with all the clothes on.
  2. While wearing the clothes, perform an everyday task. Practice photographing yourself (or ask for help) doing the task. Think about taking the photographs from many different points of view (close-up, far away, above, below, sideways, etc). Remember your camera phone has a self timer.
  3. As you take the clothes off, pile them one by one with a repeated gesture (throwing up in the air, against a wall, stumping on them, piling on a chair). When all the clothes are piled, take a photograph of the pile.
  4. Fold the clothes and stack or organize them. Take a photograph. Remember, how interesting is your photograph?


Day 2: Build a fort or shelter that would impress your childhood self. 

Consider what types of things you need to have inside the space. These could be your favorite things, or things that you feel are necessary.

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Artist Andrea Zittel transforms everything necessary for life—such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing—into artful experiments in living. Zittel’s A-Z West, a thirty-five acre residential and studio complex in the California high desert, is a testing ground for the artist’s innovative sculptures, installations, and design projects.” – Art21,

Day 3: Make your own mask/Make your own suit. 

You may make a proper mask to use or you can use this as an opportunity to express your creativity as opposed to trying to make a mask/suit you’ll actually use. 

Option 1:  Take a look at the CDC guidelines for making ‘Sew and No Sew’ cloth face coverings. Use the instructions to make your own face covering

Option 2:  Use this opportunity to express your creativity by making a suit or a mask and.documenting yourself in your immediate environment.

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CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings


Day 4:  Build a scene/collage using your clothing as the primary material.

Choose a space in a room where you can build a site-specific sculpture or temporary installation using clothing as the primary material. As you make, respond to the space you have chosen by considering color, light and shadow, textures and patterns, repetition, interior and exterior.

While building, experiment with different ways of creating form by interacting with or acting upon the clothing. Some suggested words and actions to think about:

Draping, Folding, Rolling, Bunching, Weaving, Binding, Stretching, Compressing, Twisting, Braiding, Pleating, Stuffing, Stacking, Piling,…


Derek Melander

“The painstakingly folded and architecturally stacked works of Derick Melander form ramparts, coliseums, and rubble in a separate alcove of the exhibition.  Melander’s accompanying preparatory drawings suggest plans for structures made of stone and logs. But when his plans are fleshed out, they are tenderly, interdependently built instead from cast-off clothing.  For Melander, these building components are amassed surrogates for society.” – Deborah McLeod, Baltimore City Paper, December 13, 2006

Day 5: Research your favorite article of clothing. 

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Look up the history of that piece of apparel. 

What is it made of (What is the history of that textile)? Where did it originate? What form did it used to take? What was its intended use? Write a summary about it. Check out this exhibition from the Fashion Institute of Technology Uniformity

Day 6:  Portrait Day! 

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Search for and choose a portrait from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and try to recreate the image using yourself as the subject and the materials you have at hand.

Recruiting help from those you may be in isolation with is highly encouraged!

Post your portrait next to the original on your blog and on social media.

Use this National Portrait Gallery link to refine your search by theme/topic, date or classification: National Portrait Link


***Remember to***

Post your projects on the Blog and on Instagram using these hashtags: #foundationsquarantinechallenge              #thelongerthehashtagthebetter

Extra Resources:

Artists Using Clothing and Textiles:

Guerra de la Paz


Margarita Cabrera: Engendering New Landscapes

Jade Walker

Ernesto Neto

Nick Cave




CoLab Inside/Outside

IMAGE: OJBKFM designed and facilitated by Otabenga Jones & Associates. A public outdoor radio station broadcasting live as a part of Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, a walkable month-long art exhibition of four community-based art commissions presented by CreativeTime and the Weeksville Heritage Center


This week is CoLAB week. We will be exploring ways of collaborating and connecting with other people even as we are socially distant and interacting with the various locations we find ourselves in.

  • Below is a list of six prompts.
    • Each of the prompts is scalable (depending on your interest and motivation they could each take several minutes or several days to complete).
    • Do the prompts in any order.
    • Do as many of them as you can.
    • Do all six and achieve CoLab glory!!!!

Menu of Prompts:

Do them in any order. Can you complete the whole set?

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Prompt 1: Write a letter giving advice to your future self 

(Post documentation of the letter and envelope to your blog)

Think about where you’re at now, what do you want your future self to remember in the future, maybe post-pandemic?

  • What are your goals as a person, maker, artist, and student?
  • What do you want the future you to know?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What are you thankful for?
  • What is important for you to adapt to change?

Mail the letter to yourself. Either where you are or where you will be. 

**Look at some of Lenka Clayton’s project using letters:



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Prompt 2: Conceptualize, Design, & Document your Pandemic Aesthetic

(Post documentation of your outfit to your blog)

For this prompt we want you to think about where you’re at and what you look like. 

  • How are you dressing yourself and what objects and/or spaces are you engaging with?
  • What does the pandemic version of you look like?
  • What daily practices are you participating in? What would these actions look like as an outfit?
    • Do you brush your teeth more?
    • Are you still, or moving?
    • Are you thinking, writing, braiding, stretching, planking?

Now, conceptualize and design an outfit or uniform that describes your pandemic aesthetic. What does it look like if you decide to wear the space that you’re in? This could be a drawing, collage, or actual outfit that you wear. 

**Please watch Artist Mary Mattingly Owns Up

**Check out work by Lucy Mcrae: Artist and Body Architect 

**Look at Studio Orta’s Refuge Wear


Prompt 3: Interview someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

(Post a edited recording, transcript, synopsis, comic, storyboard or reenactment of this interview)

  • Make sure to document:
    • Who did you interview? 
    • What is your relationship to them? 
    • How long since you last talked? 
    • Where are they at? 
  • Choose a topic for your interview. What are you interested in?
    • Come up with a series of questions to ask. 
  • Keys to a good interview
    • Have a point, or three. What are you trying to find out?
    • Ask a combination of simpler and more complex questions. Ask for a story, ask about a time and place, ask for reflection.
    • LISTEN
    • Ask questions around your topic.
    • Be interested in what you are finding out.
    • Find out something you don’t already know.
    • Ask follow-up questions to delve. Repeat part of a previous answer to form a new question.
    • The interview is a conversation. Be a part of it.  


**Check out Story Corps


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Prompt 4: Exquisite COLAB

(Post documentation of the process and product of the collaboration)

Collaborate with someone else (or several someone else’s) either near to you or far from you. Create a piece together. Respond to one another’s work.

  • The piece should have at least 4 steps. For example:
    • 2 people: you make something, they add to it or recreate it, then back to you, you add to or recreate, back to them, they finish
    • 4 people: each makes something based on a theme or prompt. Which is then combined together. OR one person makes something, sends to the next, who adds, then sends to the next, etc.
    • Ask 4 different people for a prompt and create something based on that.
    • Take a picture, send it to someone and ask them to recreate it, then send their picture to someone else, etc. 
    • There are many other iterations of this, the main idea is to have multiple people and multiple steps. 
  • The piece(s) can be any material or process, but depending on the location of your collaborators consider the logistic. I.e. if you are working with folks that live with you you might build or draw something together. If you are working with people that live far away you may need to do something digital.


**Check out Learning to Love you More project:

**Check out 42 choreographers’ exquisite corpse that Angie posted earlier 

**Check out Combinatory Play – Pablo Helguera on PBS: The Art Assignment

  • This gives you another strategy to think about combining things into one.

**Check out the Complaint Choir

  • Consider recreation as format 



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Prompt 5: Using a window as your blank canvas, create shapes and symbols that interact with the outside world. 

(Post documentation to your blog)

Think of what message this could deliver, and who will it affect.

  • Does it require words? can it only be imagery?
  • How does distance and perspective play a role?
  • Is it effectively viewed from both inside and outside? Is it different depending on where you stand? 

**Look at Pejac and also Here

** Portraits through windows 

**Artist working with silhouettes  and symbols



Prompt 6: Go outside, draw a line and record it as far as you can.

(Post documentation to your blog)

Do this by using any variety of tools or mediums: photography, writings, miscellaneous materials/objects, audio recordings, video, etc. 

When doing this, think about the impact of the line.

  • What is the trace you are leaving?
  • What does that mean to your surroundings?
  • Does this line exists physically or is it imaginary or proposed? 

**Here are a couple artists that have worked with expanding a line in performative works:


Remember these prompts are for you to claim, interpret, and bring to your specific context and perspective.

How do you make them your own?

Good luck! We look forward to seeing what you come up with,

Sydni, Diego, and Brett




Some of you have asked your faculty this week about the current drawing animation drawing. So here is a note to help clear up confusion.

  1. There are 2 parts to this week’s work. The first is a series of 10 short drawing exercises to get your hand moving and to warm you up. These drawings do not need to be posted to your blog but can be if you like them and want us to see. The second part is to do an animated drawing. This is one drawing that gets edited. You need to take a picture of the drawing as you edit — the project suggests that you document at least 30 edits to the drawing because it will likely take that many edits to see movement.
  2. It is important that you carefully read through the whole post and then watch the first 3 videos ( 2 about William Kentridge and one about Matt Bollinger) The William Kentridge one done by SF MoMA is an important one to pay attention to because it clearly demonstrates the process we want you to use. We suggest that you use charcoal as your drawing material because it is easy to erase and makes a nice soft mark. But you can also add in collage etc.
  3. The theme of the body is very open. You can interpret that to mean your body or observing someone else’s body. You can choose to interpret that as a full body or body parts. For example, you may choose to do a self-portrait in which you will animate your eyes opening and closing.

Lastly — if you still have questions or need more feedback please email Angie and Dale who are in charge of this week’s assignment.



Photo Sorting

We have received a few questions about how to sort and arrange photos on your blogs. Here are a few pointers:

When you are creating a post, place your cursor where you want the images and click the <Add> button 1_Newpost_Add Content



Then select <Media>:2_Add MEdia

This will show you all of the image you have already uploaded to wordpress. If you want to add other images (JPG or PNG files work best) you can either drag and drop them on this window or click the <Add New> button and select the files from your computer.

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Once the images are uploaded, you can choose multiple images to insert into the post. the order you click on them will be the order they appear in the post (but you can also edit this later). Once you have selected in images for the post, click <Continue>

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This will bring you to the layout page which allows you to select different layouts. <Individual Images> simply places the images in a vertical list on your blog. The other formats will arrange them in a variety of ways and offer you other settings to tweak the design.

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Once you see the images in the preview, you can also click the <Edit> button to change their order. When you like the arrangement click <Insert> and it will place the images into you post.

Week 3: Frame by Frame


For the past 2 weeks, we have been focused on re-acquatinting ourselves with familiar/unfamiliar surroundings. The field guides gave insights to memories, stories and some of the hidden objects that populate our domestic spaces. Last week’s color theory projects asked you to notice the specific detail of color on surface and how color interacts to animate your space and how artists employ color to explore emotion, narrative, illusion. This week you will be asked to move your attention away from static objects to focus on the people in your environment.

The main project this week asks you to use the body as inspiration for the creation of an animated drawing. This drawing will be achieved through the frame by frame documentation of marks as you layer and erase them.

Before you begin the main project here is an exercise to help you loosen up as you begin to think about movement and how to record it. 

Exercise: Gestural movement drawings

Do 10, 2-minute drawings. These can be done on plain copy paper, your sketchbook or whatever you have handy. Best done with pencil, pen, marker; especially one that can vary in width (like a brush tip or bullet tip). 

Begin by choosing a subject this can be a member of your family, a passerby or neighbor you see from the window or even your pet. Pick a point on your subject’s continuously moving body and follow it. You are not making a representation of the body but of its movement. Try to keep a central vertical axis for the body near the center of your paper. Changes in speed and other nuances can be interpreted through your sense of touch with the drawing.

This is a good project for including your housemates to participate in. You can observe them while doing chores such as cooking or doing yard work. If you live in a city perhaps your window is a good portal into the everyday movements of commuters and passersby. We have included links to 3 videos of tap dancers and figure skaters if you need some inspiration for bodies in continuous movement.

Figure Skaters

Fred Astaire, Swing time

Some examples of gestural drawings:

In these examples of gesture drawing, notice how each artist has not focused on the outlines of the body. Instead, they try to capture a sense of movement through the body. Gesture allows for TONS of expressive qualities through your own sense of movement and tactility!

Artists top to bottom: Susan Rothenberg, Patricia Hannaway, Eugene Delacroix

Main Project: Draw, Draw, Erase, Draw, Draw

Use the body as inspiration for the creation of an animated drawing. This drawing will be achieved through the frame by frame documentation of marks as you layer and erase them. To prepare please watch the videos below of artists William Kentridge and Matt Bollinger. 

William Kentridge at SF MoMA

William Kentridge, Art 21

Matt Bollinger

Notice how each “scene” is one drawing done on one sheet of paper. We’re not asking you to do more than one “scene” (but you are encouraged to be as ambitious as you wish!). The movement that occurs in each is done by erasing and re-drawing, or with Bollinger’s paintings, smearing, and re-painting. Kentridge uses willow charcoal, which erases relatively easily. 

While we are setting this up as a drawing project, we’re open to approaches to this utilizing collage, photo-montage, etc. You are welcome to do this digitally if you prefer, but please keep in mind this is not meant to be multiple-frame or stop-motion animation. It should be one “drawing” or “painting” that changes, and a photo is taken with each change you make. 

Expectation: approx. 30+ photos. If done as one drawing that is then modified, the first stage of the drawing might take an hour; each change after that might take 5-20 minutes

**Make particular effort to frame each photo the same and with the same lighting. If you have a camera tripod this will help you to take photos with the same framing and focus each time. A free slideshow APP (such as SlideshowMaker) or stop motion APP ( such as Stop Motion Studio) in your phone will be a convenient way to assemble the images as a sequence; they will need to be shared/exported as a video file. You can also choose to use movie editing software if you’re familiar and have access. Consider making a sequence that will LOOP when played. 

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Here is an example of student work:


Here are extra reference if you are interested in a broader context of animation, the body, and images:

Oliver Herring

Radio Lab: photography and truth