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Wednesday class


Tomorrow will be an in class work day to give you time to finish your body connection project that’s due next week. Please bring your projects and materials to the Harder Hall Studio at our usual time of 9 am.



Weekend homework + reminders

Hello Class,

Some reminders regarding weekend homework and where you need to be on Monday morning.

Documentation: remember to document your body connection projects. If you plan to post to Instagram please remember to tag alfred_foundations

Clean-up: you and your partner must clean up the Harder Hall studio space. All installations and projects must be removed from the studio by 6pm Sunday. All materials that are bagged in the black plastic garbage bags must be tagged with your name and can be left in the middle Harder Hall studio space. All unidentified materials run the risk of being thrown out.

Monday Morning: Check the whiteboard in the Harder Hall studio space to find out where your group meets on Monday morning and what materials are needed.

spring group list




First Week Workshop

For the first week back to Alfred we will be engaged in a textile-based project. You will have received an email from me with a list of materials to support this project.

There is also one piece of homework which will be due on Tuesday morning. For this homework, you will need to learn how to crochet. Instructions can be found through this link:   learn how to crochet

You are expected to have at chain of at least 10 feet of crochet done for the start of class on tuesday.


Getting Ready

Dear Foundations Class,

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has had a restful holiday, time to re-connect with family and friends and a moment to just focus on refilling your well of creative energy.

Because you’ll all need lots and lots of energy for the spring semester!

Kat, Sara, Dale and I are eagerly awaiting your return. We’ve been planning with your faculty and are very excited to keep working with you in the upcoming semester.

Before you get back there are some materials we want you to gather, and I have attached some information that will tell you which of the 4 group ( A, B, C or D) you have been assigned to and which LAB classes you will be taking during A block and B block and what materials your faculty have asked for. ** in addition to new materials, everyone is required to replenish your art kits — especially cutting tools like matte knife, blue tape, pins etc….

For the first week of class, we will all be participating in a large-scale, textile-based, group project that will take place in the Harder Hall studio — there is a separate materials list for that big project.

In the meantime enjoy this last week away and see you all soon spring 

spring group list_2019


materials lists a group

materials lists b group

materials lists c group

materials lists d group

Advising Wednesday

Hello Class!

Tomorrow we will be meeting with you individually to go over your registration plans for next semester. Angie, Kat, Sara and Dale will meet you in the Harder Hall Experimental Drawing Studio. Please check the attached schedule for your name and assigned meeting time. Please remember to bring the registration worksheet you received last week. NO WORKSHEET/ REGISTRATION PLAN NO PIN NUMBER!


Fall Break

Dear Students — Congratulations on successfully completing the first part of the fall semester! I trust that all of you will find a way to relax and recharge over the next 4 days in order to return and begin anew. There was a great deal of impressive work that came out of all classes — pattern making, investigation of materials, learning about your surrounding community and connecting eye to hand as you worked on translating the visual world onto paper.

As mentioned earlier in the week, upon return to campus we will be using the 3 remaining days of class next week to engage in a group workshop. This means that the entire foundations class will be working on various experiments together we will not be breaking into our A and B groups right away.

We will be focusing on using photography to explore objects. Your homework for the weekend is to do the following:

  • Find and collect a series of 5 everyday objects. You can either collect 5 different everyday objects or a set of similar everyday objects. These objects will be altered in some way for our project so select objects that are not inherently precious to you
  • We are planning to use the cameras on your phones but if you have access to a good point and shoot or DSLR camera + tripod please consider bringing these tools back with you.

You will be working in small groups of 5. You may form your groups over the weekend or there will be time when you arrive back to campus.


Until we meet again be well, eat great food and connect with friends and family!


Wednesday Class

Dear Students — tomorrow morning we will be meeting in Nevins at 9:00. You will be meeting in the same small groups as last week to share your homework and your findings relative to the project’s viability, and if you have decided to make changes.

All groups need to be present at 9 am and ready to present.



Drawing: Observation Tuesday Class

Hello Class,

Please be aware that there are some scheduling changes to tomorrow’s class. I have attached the revised schedule please check for your name and the new meeting time.

Also — the whole class is expected back in the studio by 10:15 to do a mandatory, final clean up and to take a look at the final projects. Please come ready to pick up work and to clean the studio Drawing Final 2018 TUESDAY

Studio: MAKE Homework

Make: Final Assignment – In Situ You
  1. Finish a site in the studio (work as a group)
Select a site within the studio. Form a group with the other people interested in the vicinity. Make a plan together to finish the site considering color, height, ground, and wallspace.
2. Make a wearable sculpture to inhabit your site (work individually)
Make a wearable sculpture out of materials in the studio and anything else you can find. Carefully consider your worn sculpture in relation to your site. It is preferable that you not buy brand new materials for this. Be resourceful!


Second-hand sales this week:
  • Sunday 10/7, 11am-3pm, Alfred Montessori School Yard Sale at the Box of Books on Main St.
  • Tuesday 10/9, 2-6pm, Op Shop, in the red brick building just after the sculpture garden on West University St.


The finished site is due Thursday, Oct 11.
The wearable sculpture is due Friday, Oct 12.

Alejandro Wednesday Class Homework

Yesterday Alejandro, Kat, Angie, Sara and Dale met with each of you to give feedback on your daily practice project proposals. Your homework this week is to do a test run of your daily practice project. This is designed to give you time to decide if your proposed project is something that can catch your attention over an extended period of time and if there are specifics in terms of format, materials, production that need to worked out.

This project test is due next week Wednesday. Be ready to share your projects and what you have learned about their viability.



B Group Studio: Make Homework

Make Homework for Thursday 10/4:

  • Continue building! Consider the floor, height, walls, and space.
  • Document 5 areas in NYC/Alfred/other that deal with floor/ground, ceiling/height, walls, and space. Things that are reminiscent of, or inform the Make space. Post Make 5 slides with your name.
    • Put things away
    • Sweep
    • organize
  • Keep documenting the work you do in Make. You will need these photos for your final critique at the end of the semester.

Wednesday Class

For class tomorrow we will be meeting you in small groups. Please check the attached schedule for your name and assigned meeting time. We will be spending the morning talking with each of the small groups to give feedback on your daily practice proposals. We will meet you in Nevins.



Alejandro Speaks!!

Plan to attend Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s artist talk on Thursday evening at 5pm in Holmes Auditorium. He will be sharing insights into his perspective regarding being an artist and the work he is engaged in at the moment.Alejandro Poster.jpg