Foundations, Onward!

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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