Monthly Archives: March 2020

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”





Media Files

This is a reminder that if you are posting Media Files to your blog, do not post them directly.  Upload the video or sound file to YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Etc. then create a player for that video/sound file in you post. Remember to make the content public so we can see it.

Here are basic how to instructions and links to the official WordPress instructions.



YouTube player instructions Here

To create a YouTube Player in your post:


Vimeo player instructions are Here

To add a VIMEO player to your post:


SoundCloud player instructions are here

To add a SoundCloud Player to your post:

Soundcloud HT1



How to work without a studio

Many of you have expressed deep sadness over having to leave the studio spaces in Alfred and the real difficulties of finding time and space to make artwork. These are very real and limiting factors especially when you need facilities such as kilns, glass furnaces, a big table and floor space to create. BUT sometimes the most beautiful works of art come out of adversity. The following video is a piece put together by the Ohio State Dance department, it is comprised of 42 choreographers who are taking the idea of the Exquisite Corps to create movement that morphs and flows from one artist to another.


Week 1: Location, Location, Location


Heather Benning, The Doll House, 2013

Welcome to Week 1 of your new on-line Foundations class! Each week you will be presented with videos, a reading, and instructions for written reflection and projects. Your homework is due each week at 11:59 pm on Sunday. Please post all of your homework to your individual WordPress blogs. * if you are unable to post to your blog please contact Angie. Kat has also put together a quick guide for documentation Documentation Tips that will be helpful as you are photographing your work.

For this first week you will be considering and exploring your new physical location. Many of you have traveled away from Alfred to stay with immediate family, relatives or friends. There are also a number of you who have chosen to stay in Alfred for the short term as you weigh options for what to do next. Regardless, we are all in very different circumstances than when we began spring break more than 2 weeks ago.


1. Read this excerpt from author John Berger’s ” And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos.” John Berger Reading

2. Watch the following 4 videos of Artists who either work from home or whose artwork deals with the theme of domesticity. After watching the videos choose one to Write a  reflection — “How do you connect to this artist, what correlations do you draw between their perspective on “studio” and your own at this moment?”

Louise Despont Louise Despont

Lucas Blalock Lucas Blalock

Latoya Ruby Frazier Latoya Ruby Frazier

Laleh Khorramian Laleh Khorramian

Bryan Zanisnik Bryan Zanisnik

3. Make a Field Guide to your Environment:

Now that we are no longer in our traditional studio spaces, we must begin to look to our personal spaces as a site for art-making and idea-gathering. For this assignment we want you to make a brief Field Guide.

While a traditional field guide deals with the natural environment – think about what makes your field guide singular to you. Start exploring your new environment/“ecosystem”. This could mean your yard, your bedroom, your closet, your pockets. What do these objects in your environment say about you? How does a collection of objects add up to a narrative or portrait of your space?

A Field Guide of:

Your houseplants?

All the buttons on your shirts?

The stuff collected from jacket pockets?

Your refrigerator?

Your parent’s medicine cabinet?

All the dust bunnies under your bed?

Be inventive. Avoid cliches!  Choose objects that are specific to YOU and your environment!


  • Choose at least 12 items from your environment for your personal field guide. 
  • Using drawing as your medium- document these objects- these can be drawn in whichever style you want and with any drawing tool/ medium
  • Write a brief description of each object – what is it and how does it fit into your “ecosystem”
  • Photograph/Scan and upload images and text to your individual blog.
  • ** if you have time or want to expand the project to make it more interesting you could consider making a map for your field guide.

Some info/inspiration:

The traditional and epic Audubon and Peterson Field guides:

Artist Mark Dion’s Field Guide to the HighLine

Artist Kate Bingaman-Burt’s Daily Purchase Drawings


Lastly — remember that each week’s activities are meant to help you access your Art Brain. Each week’s activities can be done in any order and it is up to you to decide how much time to devote to the work. You’ve all passed the class and will be receiving an A grade for B block just by participating. 

Foundations, Onward!


Hello Foundations Class!

Thank you for your patience this week as Kat, Dale and I work with the rest of your Foundations Faculty to re-frame your art classes and move them online.

Firstly – I hope that you are all either in transit or at the places that you plan to be for the rest of the spring semester. There has been a great deal of uncertainty and upheaval over the past 2 weeks and it is the intention of your faculty to maintain a positive connection with you and to bring some art into your daily lives as we all come to terms with the Corona crisis.

Secondly – do not worry about your grades. Everyone will pass Foundations. In fact, each of you will get an A for B Block if you put in a good faith effort to follow along with the new online course.

Thirdly – We are a community of Artists and what that means is that we are resourceful, optimistic and creative people who will find grace in this moment and help those around us by continuing to be keen observers and problem solvers.

Lastly – Kat, Dale and I have decided that instead of continuing with the regular Foundations structure of LAB classes that everyone will be asked to do the same projects so that we are all on the same page and so that the overall structure of Foundations is simplified for our new digital format. From today forward we will be using this blog as our main form of communication with you. ** Please make sure to “follow”  this blog so that you receive a notice every time there is an update (there is a “follow” button in the bottom right hand of the blog page). Every Monday at noon we will post a new set of projects, inspiration, readings, and videos. Every Sunday at midnight is the deadline to post documentation of your work. You will be using the WordPress blogs you made in the fall semester Studio: Research class to share your homework with faculty and classmates.

The online Foundations class will require only basic materials that can be easily found in your homes such as pencils, copy paper, tape, and scissors.

Your faculty are also sensitive to the fact that many of you will not have a private space to make your work and that you may only have a small amount of time each day or week to devote to art-making.

In the meantime:

Please take a moment to respond to this survey which will help us to understand what your capacities are relative to technology, space, time, etc… Foundations Survey

Here are some videos of inspiring Artists who work from home or deal with the theme of domesticity in their work. I will be in touch on Monday morning via email with a link to the first blog post with your Week 1 projects.

Louise Despont

Lucas Blalock

Latoya Ruby Frazier

Laleh Khorramian