Category Archives: Getting Started!

Visual + Material Archive

A visual + material archive is a resource that can inspire you, provide materials for working and be a starting point when you are faced with a new project. In a way, you are making yourself a security blanket. This summer you will need to assemble a box of materials for your use this fall. Keep in mind that an archive is for your benefit and should contain elements that are interesting or inspiring to YOU. It may contain photocopies of images, drawings, photos, favorite text or poems, small natural or man-made objects, found-objects, old paper or written materials, or other unusual materials. Part of your archive might also be digital and contain files that you saved while browsing online.

To get started you might look around your house, what is interesting? What is available that you may not have at school? Remember Alfred is a rural town that can be challenging for artists looking for specific supplies. You might also visit a library, browse the stacks and look for images that capture your imagination. You can photocopy these images for use later, take notes on your discoveries, or even make reference drawings.

You will need some sort of box or file to keep your archive organized and portable. You might use an old record case, tax file, a wooden or metal box, or even a small suitcase. We recommend that you keep it compact since you will be storing these in your dorm rooms!

Spend some time this summer gathering and thinking about what you find truly interesting and you will build a great foundation for a creative fall!

Following are some things to jump-start your collecting: (List is for inspiration only. You do not have to collect all of these items, just things that you find interesting. Feel free to gather things not found on the list. Remember it is for you to decide what is important, there is no RIGHT answer to what or how much your archive should include!)

Any old paper goods: letters, labels, wallpaper, stamps, photos, books, bookmarks found in library books, newspaper clippings, pop-ups, cut-outs, silhouettes, etc.

Images of all kinds: nature, art, landscape, photos, patterns, tracings, drawings (own or others), printed materials (Japanese candy package).
Do not include: current magazine clippings and personal photos.

Collections of images (one example: Natural and Man-made Homes: from bird nests + beehives, to mobile homes + castles)

Small natural materials: odd stone, wooden sticks, salt, dirt, butterflies, animal bones, etc.

Small objects+materials: broken wooden parts, plastic rings, toy pieces, unusual nails, fasteners, tape, string, etc.

Fabric and textiles: unusual fabric swatches, leather pieces, handmade lace, knit object, felt, old costume /clothing.

Research from subjects that interest you: Artists, technology, folk dancing,
space travel, games, poems, etc.

Digital images and sounds: images from eBay or other image resources, sounds recorded or collected, old cassettes, records.

Art Materials!

Yep!  You’ll need materials for your classes this fall.

First check out the Material Archive post….and get started collecting! Then look at the required materials list for your ‘art kit’. You can choose to assemble these materials yourself, or take advantage of the convenience and savings of having the AU Bookstore do it for you. The Art Kit can be purchased online at the AU Bookstore (along with the required book, How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith.)

To do this, go directly to the bookstore http://alfred.bncollege.com/ or click on ‘text’ while in BannerWeb!

be-an-explorer-of-the-worldThe Art Material Kit and the required text HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER
OF THE WORLD
are available for order from the AU Bookstore!

New students! you will need to purchase the book, How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith. It will be available at the bookstore or get a jump on it and purchase it online at the AU bookstore or through Amazon. Here are the links: AU Bookstore http://alfred.bncollege.com/ Amazon link: How to be an Explorer of the World.

Please note: DO NOT purchase the rental copy at the bookstore. This is an error, you will need to write in the book!

If you want to know what is in the kit check out the post that lists everything! You may also use the list to compile your own kit, it is not required that you buy your kit from the bookstore, but it is discounted and easy!

So what is in the Art Kit?

Tool + Material Kits 2015 – 2016

The Alfred University School of Art + Design Foundations Program requires that you purchase the following list of supplies. For convenience, the bookstore offers the kit at a discounted price, but if you already have many of these items, you are welcome to assemble the materials yourself. In addition, please read the Technology Guide for additional requirements including a computer, camera and other materials.

Drawing Pencils: 2 Ebony Pencils, 2 medium HB, 1 4H hard pencil, 2- 9B graphite
Compressed Charcoal 4 pack
Bob’s vine charcoal  (25 pack)
9B Graphite Stick
24pk of colored pencils
2 Bulldog Clips
Erasers: 2 kneaded, one white
Acrylic Paint: white, black, cad red med, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cadmium, cadmium yellow (please purchase artist grade paint)
An assorted pack of 7 brushes can be flat and round, should be soft water color type of varying sizes
1 Bamboo Brush
Wide cheap wooden brush horsehair (2 – 3 inches), plus two others
X-Acto Knife with cap (#2)
X-Acto Blades (#2)
Box of Pushpins (100 pieces)
Pack of Assorted Sewing Needles
Seam Ripper
Spool of Thread (Black)
Compass (with extension)
Bottle Sumi ink
Olfa knife model A   (not X-acto)
Olfa blades 10 pk
18 x 24 self healing cutting mat
pencil sharpener
safety glasses
heavy duty work gloves
Blue painters tape
scissors
18” Metal Ruler with cork back
Hot Glue Gun, 50 pack Glue sticks

UHU glue stick
Sobo Glue
1 25-sheet package of 8 1/2 x 11 glossy photo paper
1 Flash Drive

Thanks to PropMedic on deviant art for the image! ( See at http://propmedic.deviantart.com/art/TF2-Papercraft-RED-Toolbox-77759668)

How to be an Explorer of the World!

New students! you will need to purchase the book, How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith. It will be available at the bookstore or get a jump on it and purchase it online at the AU bookstore or through Amazon. Here are the links:  AU Bookstore http://alfred.bncollege.com/ Amazon link: How to be an Explorer of the World.

Please note: DO NOT purchase the rental copy at the bookstore. This is an error, you will need to write in the book!

Spring Materials Needed!

Here are a couple things that faculty would like you to gather to bring with you for the first week of class.

coLAB

  1. Please choose the most valuable object that you have that can be given away.
  2. Find a 3 x 5 inch index card (or nicely cut a piece of paper that size)
  3. Neatly write why the object is valuable on the card.
  4. Wrap it as beautifully as you can. Include a bow or ribbon.
  5. All details are important.
  6. Bring it to the first day of coLAB.

For this class you will also need your computer, a digital camera, and your wits.

fuseLAB

  1. A digital camera, preferably a digital point & shoot, or a quality camera on a phone.
  2. A selection of 20 objects that are of:
  • varying transparency ( i.e. fabric, lace, paper, plastic bottles, glass etc.…)
  • varying shapes /sizes no larger than 1ft sq. ( i.e. string, rocks, plants, hardware etc.)
  1.  A selection of 35 mm photographic slides. Can be found in your grandparents basement, junk shops or on ebay. Please bring back a minimum of 20 slides. 35mmSlide
  2. A sharp pair of scissors
  3. Notebook
  4. A new thumb drive, at least 32 GB
  5. 1 pack 25 sheets of Multigrade, glossy, black and white photo paper.  Any brand.  This paper is available for sale at the Alfred University Bookstore.

seeLAB

Bring a variety of small to medium-sized personal objects that you would feel comfortable working from in the studio. And if you have them, some colored pencils.

makeLAB

Please read the following link for the full assignment and the needed materials.

http://makelab2015.blogspot.com/p/tools-and-materials.html

What Do Artists Know?

So what do artists know? Here’s the latest visual project What Do Artist Know by Frances Whitehead for CPI’s Site Projects, New Haven Edition of LEF(t) “On Practicing Culture”

CPI facilitates peer discourse and engagement among cultural producers to foster artistic, theoretical, and critical practices. Learn more by visiting their website.
CPI facilitates peer discourse and engagement among cultural producers to foster artistic, theoretical, and critical practices. http://criticalpractices.org/

CPI facilitates peer discourse and engagement among cultural producers to foster artistic, theoretical, and critical practices.
http://criticalpractices.org/