Category Archives: Materials + Tools

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.

Materials and Tools 2014-2015

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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’  below. 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 get them go to: http://alfred.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBTBListView

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Tool + Material Kits 2014 – 2015

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.

Materials List:

  • Drawing Pencils: 2 Ebony Pencils, 2 medium HB, 1 4H hard pencil
  • Compressed Charcoal 4 pack
  • 5 Packs Vine Charcoal (30 sticks total)
  • 9B Graphite Stick
  • 
2 Bulldog Clips
  • 2 Kneaded Erasers
, a Pink Eraser
, a White Staedtler brand eraser
  • Acrylic Paint: white, black, cad red med, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cadmium, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre   ** please purchase artist grade paint.
  • An assorted pack of 5 brushes can be flat and round, should be soft water color type of varying sizes.
  • 
1 Bamboo Brush
  • Several wide cheap wooden brushes horsehair (2 – 3 inches)
  • Olfa 9mm wheel lock utility knife (300)
  • Olfa Blades – 10 pack
  • 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)
  • 18” Metal Ruler with cork back
  • Hot Glue Gun 
50 pack Glue Sticks
  • 
Sobo Glue
  • UHU glue stick
  • Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
  • Tool Box w/tray
  • 1 25-sheet package of 81/2 x 11 photo paper
  • 1 Flash Drive 4 G or higher.
  • 10 pack of DVD’s in cases

And bring a pair of scissors and anything else you’d like to add to your box!

WELCOME BACK! Spring 2014 Important Information

Several things will be different in both the structure and the content of Foundations in the spring semester. Firstly I have re-assigned groups. There are 4 groups of approx. 25 students; they are called A, B, C and D Groups. Each group will be engaged in a series of 4 half semester workshop classes called LABs. The LABs continue and expand upon concepts that were introduced in the fall semester.

The first week back from break the whole class will be involved in a group activity you will be engaged in a bookmaking workshop that involves library research and the compilation of images and text. Click here to find a series of worksheets that will help you to gather information and materials for the workshop. We will meet in the Harder Hall studio at 8 am on Tuesday, January 21st please bring a notebook and your completed homework to class that day.

Click here to see a list of groups for Spring and here to find out 2014 Spring schedule. Click here to see the MAKE_student_materials_spring_2014 and the rest of the Spring 2014 Materials Lists. This is a list of what you will need to bring back to campus.

Safe travels back to campus! Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Katie, Angie, and Ted

B-Block Classes: What to bring!

For Monday you will need the following:

A Group:  Will be meeting with Profs. Gill and Green in the Harder Hall studio. Please bring all materials as requested.  Please see blog for materials you were required to bring back after break.

B Group:  Will be meeting with Profs. Vajda and To on the main floor of the Cohen Studio.  Please bring all of your erasers and a package of charcoal and your drawing boards.  We will be drawing outside for part of the class period so please dress appropriately for the weather.

In Preparation for B Block

When you return from break next week make sure to replenish your art kits of materials you have used up during A block.  In addition the faculty have asked that:

A Group bring:
-Please see the attached list from Professors Green and Gill’s class
-Magazines, at least 3, they should be magazines that contain text and images.  Ie, Vogue, National Geographic, New Yorker etc..

B Group bring:

-A digital camera ( if you have one) that is not a cell phone
-a pair of good walking shoes.  i.e  hiking boots, rubber boots, etc
-appropriate clothing for being outside for extended periods of time as you will be taking a series of long walks
-large utility brush at least 3 –5 inches wide
-10 plastic cups
-glue stick

When we return from B Block you will be staying in the same groups as you were in during A Block.  The main difference is that you will be switching classes with the other group.  A Group will be taking the Studio:Make class with Professors Green and Gill on Monday and Tuesday while on Thursday and Friday they will be taking the Drawing:Experimentation class with Professors Morgan and Bennett.  B Group will be meeting with Professors To and Vajda for Drawing:Observation on Monday and Tuesday and on Thursday and Friday will be taking the Studio:Research class with Professors Hunter and Hargrave.

When we return from break on Wednesday Oct. 16th we will be meeting in the Cohen Studio at 9 am for an activity presented by the Graphic Design area.

Have a great break!

-Angie, Katie and Ted

So what is in the Art Kit?

Tool + Material Kits 2014 – 2015

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
Compressed Charcoal 4 pack
5 Packs Vine Charcoal (30 sticks total)
9B Graphite Stick
2 Bulldog Clips
2 Kneaded Erasers
Pink Eraser
White Steadtler Eraser
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 5 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)
Olfa 9mm wheel lock utility knife (300)
Olfa Blades – 10 pack
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)

18” Metal Ruler with cork back
Hot Glue Gun, 50 pack Glue sticks

UHU glue stick
Sobo Glue

Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
Large Tool Box w/tray
1 25-sheet package of 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper
1 Flash Drive 4 G or higher.
10 pack of DVD’s in cases

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