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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:

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 10.20.01 AM.png

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:

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 10.18.00 AM.png.      BlurbTest_Kat

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!




Fuse week – COLOR time!

This week we are looking at (and looking for) color! Much needed on these gray spring days…

Assignment 1: Color Wheel Scavenger Hunt:

  • Using the Color Wheel as your guide, find examples of the 12 colors (primary, secondary, tertiary) in your current environment/domestic space. This could be objects, food items, plants, clothing, etc. Be creative!
  • Document using your phone and upload to the blog. Find at least 3 examples of each color (36 images total) – you should be able to organize these as a grid in WordPress.


(Red, Red-Orange, Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow, Yellow-Green, Green, Blue-Green, Blue, Blue-Violet, Violet, Red-Violet)

Assignment 2: Colors Organized Neatly

  1. Monochrome

  • choose 1 hue (color) from the color wheel. Find examples of that color in your environment – household objects, plants, images, clothes, food items, toys, etc.
  • Arrange these into an interesting composition inspired from Things Organized Neatly (check out the blog or their Instagram)

also the artist Portia Munson makes some amazing color installations!

  • Photograph (with your phone or camera) and upload to the blog*


  1. Full spectrum

  • Do another arranged object installation (in the style of Things Organized Neatly) with examples of all 12 colors from the spectrum
  • Photograph and upload to the blog*

*Remember documentation is key! Choose an appropriate background, consider lighting, arrangement, cropping, etc!!!


COLOR RESEARCH! You have each been assigned a color and artist. Find yours HERE

Assignment 3: Color Research

  • Research the history and any interesting facts about your assigned color. Each of these colors have interesting histories/origins/applications
  • Find 3-5 examples of your color (this can be from your own environment and/or the internet.
  • Upload to your blog


Assignment 4: Artist Research

  • You have also been assigned an artist who uses color in interesting ways.
  • Research a bit about your assigned artist. Write a brief paragraph about how the artist uses color in their work. What colors are they using? How do the colors contribute to the mood of their works? Are the colors specific to a culture/environment? How is the artist sourcing their color? Is it paint, light, fabric, natural, synthetic? What are your thoughts on their work/color palette?
  • Include 3-5 examples of the artists work along with your writing on the blog.


 If you need some good listening while you arrange colors, we recommend:

 Radiolab episode “COLOR”





Friday Reminder!

In case you missed the email –

We are meeting at our regular 8:20 time tomorrow.  Groups A and B will bring the work they will be showing over to Harder.

Groups C and D will bring their work to Cohen.

See you then!


CLEAN UP – Thursday

Congrats on finishing your final reviews!

Now we clean.   Tomorrow (Thursday) We are meeting at 8:20 in the Cohen Barn to clean and paint.  Dress appropriately. Your attendance tomorrow is mandatory. Don’t miss!


List of works for final reviews

Hi students,
Below is a list of each of the works you are responsible for having present for your reviews. Be mindful of which group you are in.



Group C:

1. How to Zine

2. Letter to Administrator (documentation)

3. Final sub corp video

4. Sub Corp Silk Screen

Group B:

1. How to Video

2. Documentation from sub corp community engagement

3. Sub Corp Silk Screen

4. Choose one Letter you sent during CoLab (documentation)


D group:

1. Final video

2. Final double interview project

3. 10-12 question cards

A group:

1. Final audio

2. final video



(both groups)

1. Albers

2. Color match compositions

3. Final Portrait


(both groups)

1. Color gradient (optional)

2. Albers

3. Color match compositions

4. Final portrait



C group:

Choose the best 3 from:

  • 2 Multiple contour/cross-contour drawings (you can choose the best of these or the pair)
  • Small ink collage OR its corresponding drawing
  • Still life
  • Final

B group:

 Choose the best 3 from:

  • 2 Multiple contour/cross-contour drawings (you can choose the best of these or the pair)
  • Glass drawing
  • Small collage
  • Final


(both groups)

1. woodblock and glass prints

2. best 2 Marky Mark drawings (one color one black and white)

3. best 2 Sol LeWitt instructional drawings

4. finished pieces from SEELab



(both groups)

3 images of documentation of final ceramic/fiber piece

John Gill:

(both groups)

1 ceramic piece of your choice (actual object or documentation)

Accepting nominations for student awards!

Please email me ( with your nominations for the following categories:

Leader of the Pack — Awarded to the student who most clearly embodies the Foundations spirit of ingenuity, positivity and collaboration.

Clark Kent  (Hidden in Plain Sight) — Awarded to the student who is a deeply engaged artist on the inside but on the outside looks like a non-artist, blending in with the crowd.

Fashion Killa — Awarded to the student who has brought their A game to the studio without sacrificing sartorial verve.


WEDNESDAY CLASS (3/27) – Things to know…

Tomorrow we will continue to work on our large collaborative drawing. Details:

Group A and B will work from 9-10

Group C and D will work from 10-11

Please have your drawing/painting materials with you!!!!

Attendance for our Wednesday classes is MANDATORY.  These absences add up. Don’t let them effect your final grade…


(Monet in his studio)

Final Reviews – what to bring

Observational Drawing:

A group:

-paper still life (choose best one)

-full value landscape

-full value + line box still life

-full value + line hallway perspective

-final project: exterior + interior diptych

B group

-paper still life ( choose best one)

-night drawing

-full value + line box still life

-full value + line hallway perspective drawing

-final project: exterior + interior dyptich

Experimental Drawing:

A group:


digital print

best block print (letter design)

B group:

choose either synesthesia OR Sol Lewitt drawing


digital print

best block print (letter design)

Studio Research:

Block A

-Must wear Red Vest

-Stacking a Claim documentation

-More Real than Real


-Choose two other examples of the best documentation from your blog

Block B

-Must wear Red Vest

-Stacking a Claim documentation

-1 min performance documentation


-Choose two other examples of the best documentation from your blog

Make Lab:

A Group

-In Situ You – Site and Costume

-Traveling sculpture

-Wall, Tall, Floor

(all through documentation)

B Group

-In Situ You – Site and Costume

-Make Small Big

-Cubic Foot of “Leaves”

-Group Sculpture with materials and size limits

(all through documentation)

Daily Practice Proposals

Your Daily Practice Proposal information is uploaded onto Canvas.  These are due Monday at 1pm, so that your faculty can have sometime to look over them individually. We will be discussing them in more detail in our Wednesday class.

Good homework for a 5-6 hour bus ride back from NYC.

Under the file directory you can find the PPT that Alejandro showed in class on Wednesday if you need extra inspiration.

ALSO if you are going on the NYC trip, please take 3 photos of artworks that you really responded to – aesthetically, conceptually or otherwise. And three that you didn’t like. These should also be uploaded to Canvas by Monday.


Tehching Hsieh (One Year Performance)

Amelie and Wednesday class homework


Hi all – a reminder for your homework for next Wednesday’s class. Please read the xerox handout given at the end of class. Alejandro is also going to make this available on Canvas.

Please finish Amelie. Its hard to find online, but Alejandro found a link here:

The only free link does not have subtitles. 
Here is where you can watch it.
You Tube $1.99
Get some friends together, make some popcorn and have a screening…
When you have finished the movie please fill out the worksheet that Alejandro is posting to Canvas.  It looks like this:
post-viewing assignment
Make a list of 20 things that you like and dislike.
What did you like/dislike about each of the characters? Why?
Pick your favorite scene of the movie a describe it.
Do you think you have an obsession like the painter (the “glass man”) did?
At the beginning of the film, Amelie is duped into thinking her camera causes accidents – like the car crash. 
After using your camera to document in the last intervention assignment- what special powers do you think your camera has?
Did you like watching the movie in French with English subtitles?
Identify some instances or scenes in the movie that correlate to the following words:

Reviews over! What happens next…


Congrats! You’ve all finished your reviews!

Now, we clean!

Tomorrow (THURSDAY) at 8:00 am we will meet in Cohen and get the Foundations Studios in tip top shape for our final show: In Plain Sight.

Wear your cleaning clothes and get ready to scrub and paint.  This is mandatory and we will be taking attendance!

On FRIDAY at 8:00 am we will bring in all the selected works for the final exhibition – if your review faculty did not specify what work they wanted you to bring please bring your final large photo portrait and a selection (1-2 other works) that you feel most proud of/best illustrates the progress and work over the past semester.

We will lay all these works out and you will, as a group, be in charge of curating and hanging your show!

FRIDAY eve we will have a “soft opening” for you all, from 5:30-7 where we will eat PIZZA, celebrate your last day of Foundations and hand out awards!

SATURDAY is your final show: In Plain Sight. Bring your family and friends and show off all the amazing work you have all been making this semester! We will have cheese plates and cookies and drinks, so dress up, bring a crew and congratulate yourself on an AWESOME YEAR!!!!!



Hi all – Below is a list of all the works you will need to bring for your final review next week. Please look over the schedule and see when you are supposed to come in. Remember to come in before your scheduled time to have work set up.

See Lab:

Angie and Will: Final books

Kathy V: Charcoal Drawing, Empty the Pen, Colored pencil drawing, digital print drawing

Fuse Lab:

Kat: Albers, color match painting, final photograph portrait (option to bring in background painting as well)

Lydia: Albers, color match painting, final photograph, aura portrait

Make Lab:

Chase and Morgan:

Block A: Small Fruit(s) <if they have more than one, Big Fruit (or 3 photos of it: 2 different angles and a close up)

Block B:  Paper Hat,  Thing that came out of the hat (or 3 photos of it: 2 different angles and a close up), Vase based on thing that came out of hat (or drawings of the vase)

John Gill:

Block A: documentation of Portrait (bust), constructed piece, coil pot

Block B: documentation of coil pot, portrait (bust)


Brett and Megan:

1. Curate the best one minute of audio from your coLab experience, and bring a means to listen to it (i.e. speaker, headphones, etc.),  2. A computer with your blog documenting the class.
Poster from group segment of the 24 hour takeover
One min recording—-from any sound element made during the course. It can be a clip from a specific project or a compilation from several projects.
(They will need to bring a device to play the sound to the review)

Advising sessions – TOMORROW (Wednesday)


Hi all –

Tomorrow Sara Ferguson and I will be holding advising sessions outside Nevins Theater during our regular class time 9-11.

If you have spoken with Angie and received your pin number, you do NOT need to attend this meeting.

For the rest of you, this is the line up:

9:00 – those whose last names begin with A-F

9:30 – G-M

10 – N-S

10:30 – T-Z

Please come with your completed worksheet (that Angie handed out to you last Wednesday), showing us the classes you are currently in and your plan for the next semester.  You will only receive your PIN number if you bring us this information.

See you tomorrow!


Photo Professor, Whitney Hubbs: Bergen Forum

untitled-design-11Tomorrow (Thursday) Photo Professor and all around badass, Whitney Hubbs, will talk about her photography practice in her Bergen Forum:

‘A Trial and Error’ lecture. Professor Hubbs has been making pictures for 20 years and still has a trial and error relationship with the medium. She will present her photographic failures and successes.

Nevins Theater 12:15-1:00

free coffee and tea!!