Foundations in Flux

Conference Workshops & CCAD Campus tours

Foundations in Flux will host various workshops led by FATE members during the conference on Friday April 5th. 

Workshop sessions have limited numbers of seats & participants must register in advance, there are NO ADDITIONAL FEES to participate in these workshops. All workshops will be held on the campus of CCAD. All seats are on a first-come basis and some workshops will require materials to be supplied by the attendee.  Please read all workshop details below before making your selection(s).

CCAD will also offer campus tours on April 5th! The tour will cover the Fab-Lab, Animation Department, Fine Arts Department (glass, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry), Computer Labs, Fashion Department, and Library. Tours will depart from the Canzani Atrium on CCAD's campus. Please arrive at 10:15am; which is 15 minutes prior to tour start time. The Canzani Atrium is located in the Joseph V. Canzani Center at 60 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

Incorporating Augmented Reality, GIF animations, and Interactive Animation Techniques in Foundations Studies Design Classes

Eric Homan, Columbus College of Art & Design


TIME: Friday April 5th 9-10am

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 209


We live in a world where art and design does not need to be static anymore. How can you make a photograph, painting, or graphic design “come to life”? Why put static art online when it can also move and be interactive? How can we take our design classes and introduce them into this next phase of innovative digital presentations? How can educators use current technology to advance art in our classrooms and out to digital platforms? In this immersive design techniques session, learn and explore using augmented reality (AR), GIF animations, and other interactive, animation, and video techniques in a foundations curriculum. Smart phones and tablets -- in everyone’s pockets and backpacks -- are a platform for creative expression and communication. Let’s show our students how to utilize them as an outlet on a 21st century digital canvas. Required Materials: Please bring a laptop, smart phone, or tablet.

The Sketchbook: Public and Private

Cynthia Roberts, Endicott College


TIME: Friday April 5th 9-10am

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 210

In this hands-on workshop, we will examine samples of artist’s sketchbooks and their various modes, uses, and incarnations, as inspiration for working on our own. Participants are encouraged to bring their own various drawing, pasting, cutting, and other working supplies, as well as a sketchbook (new or in-progress). Some supplies will be provided. This workshop will be designed to ignite the sketchbook process through hands-on making and some sharing of technique, purpose, and image. Open for discussion will be the consideration of what content we share, and what we choose not to reveal as artists. Optional sharing of conference observations and sketchbook images via Instagram will be made available with any current FATE conference hashtags and #FATEsketchbooks2019.  Required Materials: Please bring to the workshop a sketchbook and drawing implements.


SAVE YOUR STORY FOR SOMEONE WHO CARES: Substituting embodiment for narrative in video production

Michael Arrigo, Bowling Green State University


TIME: Friday April 5th 9-10am

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 213


In this workshop you will experience to a process of video creation ideally suited for the foundations classroom in that it is fast, it is cheap, it is visual and it effectively sidesteps many of the issues such as cliché ideation, the uncritical use of visual tropes, and poor editing and framing that typically plague beginning students. Participants will be led though a process of video production that focuses on embodiment rather than narrative arc or traditional filmic principles. You will be introduced to some simple techniques and guided through an embodied workflow for outlining, storyboarding, and shooting video. There will be several opportunities for quick collaboration and you will leave with a few fresh ideas about how to teach video production in your classroom.  No special experience or supplies required, you will need a writing utensil and a cell phone. Required Materials: Please bring a writing utensil and a cell phone.


Let’s Make Some Books

Cesar Rivera, Sam Houston State University 


TIME: Friday April 5th 2:15 - 3:15pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 209

Books can be as expressive as each individual that makes them. Each composition can deliver any message the creator seeks to deliver. Let’s look beyond the expected and help students make conceptually based compositions that communicate issues in the educational, social, and political realms that matter to them on a human level. We will tackle topics such as book binding basics, book anatomy, and discuss what book is and what is could be. Books are in flux in the digital age and the next generation of students will be exposed to not just the digital screen but also interactions of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Required Materials: none, all materials will be supplied.

How to Make Water-Mixable Oil Paints

Bryan Robertson, Jefferson College & Paul LaJeunesse, The College of St. Scholastica


TIME: Friday April 5th 2:15 - 3:15pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 211

The first water-mixable oil paints were used at least over 700 years ago in the paintings of pre-Renaissance painters like Giotto and Fra Angelico. These egg tempera paints even when refrigerated only have a shelf life of 2-3 weeks. Therefore, before modern times, artists were unable to create a long-lasting water-mixable oil paint. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that synthetic surfactants could match the HLB value of an egg. HLB value is also known as the “Hydrophilic-lipophilic balance” and is a numerical scale that determines whether a given surfactant is more hydrophilic or lipophilic. With the advent of modern chemicals commercial tubes of water-mixable oil paint were finally able to be produced. Artists’ can make water-mixable oil paint at home with either a whole egg or by purchasing a commercial surfactant with an HLB value of 7 if using linseed oil and an HLB value of 12 if using walnut oil. During this workshop, we will follow a recipe for making egg tempera paint with surfactants adapted from Patrick Betaudier founder of the Atelier Neo Medici in Monflanquin France, and author Max Doerner. Required Materials: Please bring brushes and oil paint(s).



Fast Tech/Slow Clay

Quintin Owens, Belmont University


TIME: Friday April 5th 2:15 - 3:15pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 213

While no one was looking, clay has become a very interesting material output of 3D design software, 3D printers and CNC machines. The combination of design software, 3D printing and clay explores how the slow, tactile and finicky material intersects with the seamlessness and swift adaptability of code.The workshop will demonstrate how a drawn line can be used to create 3D printed objects out of clay. We will explore a workflow that uses Illustrator and 3D modeling software to transform drawn shapes into 3D printed objects using a ceramic 3D printer. Fast Tech/Slow Clay connects the possibilities of digital fabrication with a hands-on material knowledge of clay. Participants will be asked to think holistically about how process bridges work to other communities. Required Materials: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop with the free education license of Fusion 360 and Illustrator.



Diving Head First: Taking Students into the Public Arena 

Eileen Doktorski, Mt. San Jacinto College & Kevin Stewart Magee, Fresno City College


TIME: Friday April 5th 3:30 - 4:30pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 209

Eileen organizes the Recycled Art & Fashion Show, Temecula, where students plan, lead and present alongside professional designers/artists. Kevin facilitates student submissions in local competitions. His students completed a 144- square-foot mural, Honoring the Workers of the Valley, Fresno County Historical Museum. Recognizing material costs and poverty as obstacles to student performance can prompt the restructuring of an assignment project. The playing field is leveled when expensive paints are sponsored or designated materials are scavenged, post-consumer waste. Personal expression and the need to have one’s own voice heard are among the strongest motivations for creating art. In these two sample events students responded to social issues; Labor and Environmental Awareness. They found these subjects relevant to their own lives. Students brought their works to a higher level, saw them as worthy of attention, and became active event promoters and community participants. Required Materials: Please bring an idea, a willingness to share that idea with a workshop team, and a list of the most basic needs to realize their project .


Artist Writers & Writing Artists

Michael Marks,  Anderson University & Lily Kuonen, Jacksonville University 


TIME: Friday April 5th 3:30 - 4:30pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 211

As artists, designers, and academics, we value the ability to communicate clearly and with purpose. For many in your personal creative production, this may include scholarship related to exhibiting or fundraising, or alternative options like zines or artist books. For academic purposes, writing strategies may be applied to practical professional applications (assignments, resume, grants, statements, etc.) or deeper research avenues (thesis, RFPs, critical reviews, etc). What ways do you leverage writing for both creative and professional purposes, including–but not limited to–academic publication, criticism, and artistic-based texts? This workshop session seeks proposals from those who use writing as part of their professional practice or would like more information on how to do so. Whether you’re an artist who happens to write, or a writing artist, this is an opportunity to strategize, share resources, and identify best practices in a roundtable format. Topics discussed will include transitioning conference presentations to journal submissions such as FATE in Review, utilizing resources, and alternative or non-traditional outlets for publication online and in print. Send us your ideas, proposals, or topics appropriate for an open, writing themed exchange. Tell us what’s important to you when it comes to the partnership of writing and creative production. Required Materials: Please bring something for note-taking.


Why Do We Love Cartoons? Animation in contemporary culture: a low tech and accessible introduction and workshop to an evolving artform

Catherine Drabkin, Point Park University 


TIME: Friday April 5th 3:30 - 4:30pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 213


Animation is no longer entertainment for children. Its role in our global society is changing. Increasingly, the art of animation is used to shape our culture, opinions and attitudes. Animation derives some of its power from its use of many elements of music. It is a visual time art that couples these elements with form, color and design. It is an art form uniquely capable of convincing through visual storytelling and emotional resonance. In this workshop, an introduction to historical context will be followed by a hands-on collaboration. Participants will explore form and color as they relate to fundamental elements of animated visual narrative. Using handmade zoetropes, and inexpensive materials we will explore pacing, distortion, anticipation and other elements of the artform, and demonstrate the power of the persistence of vision in our experience of reality and the changing media landscape. Required Materials: Please bring with you to the workshop unlined paper, scissors, pencils/markers (color optional), erasers, glue and ruler.

Water Journeys

Fredericka Foster & Giana González, Independent Artists


TIME: Friday April 5th 4:45 -5:45pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 209


Water is both a global and personal issue, since every living thing depends upon water.  We may misperceive water as a subject of importance primarily to organizations focused upon the issue, but since all living beings are made mostly of water, and what we eat and drink affects this key substance, how we treat water determines our lives. Art offers a method to emphasize human agency for clarifying our relationship with water, making us aware of its part in our personal story and identity, and helping us shape and guide our intentions and relationship with it. 


We will facilitate this process with a series of questions.   We will share basic design principles. We will provide materials for collage, using sample images from Fredericka’s and Giana’s artwork and sourced images from the internet and magazines.  Participants will craft and illustrate their own water journeys with words and images, learning how an artistic practice aids self-reflection and communication. They will share their personal journey with water, how it relates to their identity, value, ethics and future actions. They will develop an experimental framework using creativity and art to express values, educate on a specific issue, and ignite action. Required Materials: None, all materials will be provided.


Human Gestalt: How to Trick Freshmen into Emergent Organization in the Studio 

Henrik Soderstrom, Wendy Puffer, & Herb Vincent Peterson, Indiana Wesleyan University


TIME: Friday April 5th 4:45 -5:45pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 210

A recent study in Yellowstone National Park demonstrated that a small adjustment in the wolf population affected the elk population, which in turn influenced the shape of rivers. Similarly, in any robust creative network, every part is connected to the others. This workshop will lead participants in considering the possibilities of applying this type of emergent structure to the studio classroom.

 How can faculty orchestrate a migration in “their” studios from object or project-based thinking to a classroom structure that emerges from the interaction of the students as individuals, knowing that it can be messy and even a bit chaotic?

 Is it possible to create a platform in the classroom of self-organization to encourage higher learning? Rather than expecting student outcomes to remain at the lower learning levels such as remembering, understanding, and applying in foundation studio courses, is it possible to create an environment that causes students to analyze, evaluate, and create with more complex and innovative thinking? This workshop will engage participants in a series of design thinking methods to consider the role of a freshman art/design student’s experience in a human centered foundations studio course, testing this hypothesis by creating a mini-self-regulating environment of learning. Required Materials: Post-it notes and Sharpies.

Sustainability through Non-Traditional Materials and the Design Process

Todd Barsanti, Sheridan College 


TIME: Friday April 5th 4:45 -5:45pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 211

Sustainability has been called THE wicked problem of design in the 21st Century (DC Wahl, 2006). To solve a problem from a sustainable perspective, one must consider social, economic, and ecological perspectives. It is not a far cry from designer’s perspectives who must often look beyond the initial requirements of any given project in creating solutions to problems that will sustain themselves.  


In getting students to work with non-traditional materials, they get out of their comfort zones and are forced to come up with creative solutions when the materials don’t act the way they may have.  


Workshop participants will get a hands-on experience that might help them to communicate the unpredictability of the design process to their students. If we can help our students understand that they can embrace the unpredictable, and even allow it to shape their creative work, then we are moving towards helping young creative minds to navigate social, economic, and ecological problems that we cannot possibly foretell. Required Materials: Participants will not need to bring any special materials with them. A "few extras" will be provided for participants who really have nothing on them, but the contents of one’s pockets and wallets often generate interesting results.

Story Exchange: A Workshop 

Michelle Swinehart & Sarah Newlands, Portland State University


TIME: Friday April 5th 4:45 -5:45pm

LOCATION: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 2nd floor - Room 212

There is no shortage of political, social or educational issues to tackle with students. How can we meaningfully approach these issues on a human level in foundation level courses?  

We’d like to consider the role of instructors in shaping inclusive classrooms where students navigate social issues in authentic and meaningful ways. What does this look like? Sound like? Feel like? In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks challenges educators to take risks with their students. In the spirit of hooks, we’d like to make space for our stories about risking vulnerability with our students. If we ask our students to consider their identity as integral to their art practice - how do we as instructors embody our own pedagogy?  


This workshop invites participants to exchange stories about the meaningful ways we model vulnerability and share power in foundation courses. Required Materials: None.