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Required materials for the FIRST WEEK PROJECT?

  • Slide05At least one printed photograph of you (somewhere between hand and head size works nicely). You may use more if you’d like.

  • An object(s) of personal significance that can be photographed (basketball size or smaller)

    Please be prepared to explain why you brought those particular images and objects. In both cases the more meaningful the image or object is to you, the better the story.

A Note from Lou Krueger and WHAT to BRING for the FIRST WEEK!

Hi, my name is Lou Krueger, I’m a photographer, an instructor, and I’ll be leading your First Week Experience. The FWE gives you a chance to get to know each other and Alfred as well as this year…learn lots about experimental cameras!blog-diorama-w-camera2

Our technical goal for the week is not a simple one. You will build 45 wooden cameras (there are 90 of you in the group, you’ll work in pairs); expose 4×5 black and white paper negatives in your cameras; process them in the darkroom; scan and print these images digitally; exhibit your work on Friday, August 29.

That’s the easy goal, and the other one, the difficult one? I want you to manage all of the aforementioned camera-building and image-making within the context of self-reflection. As you begin to carve out the early stages of your artistic/personal identity, I’d like to know who you are? Why you’ve chosen art? What do you believe (about anything!)? What really matters? Your definition for success? The list endless… but we have to begin somewhere so we’ll begin here

Image, Object and Identity

As part of my artist’s statement I include the words: “I believe in the power of stories. I am a storyteller.” With that in mind I want you to begin to tell your story. If I asked you to write your story in 100 words what would you say? Who are you, what’s your story? What do you want people to know about you and ten years from now what would you like your story to be. Therefore, in order to give you a place to start with your cameras I ask that you bring the following items with you to campus:

  1. At least one printed photograph of you (somewhere between hand and head size works nicely). You may use more if you’d like.
  2. An object(s) of personal significance that can be photographed (basketball size or smaller)

Please be prepared to explain why you brought those particular images and objects. In both cases the more meaningful the image or object is to you, the better the story.

Learn to tell a good story.

We begin, August 24 at 8:00 AM….

I’ll see you then.

Lou

Foundations + Pulled Resources Wheelbarrow Cavalcade

It is the end of a truly wonderful and ambitious week here in Foundations. Our wheelbarrow building and customization workshop, based on Pulled Resources Community Camaro project helped you each develop new technical skills and collaborative methods. Remember that the wheelbarrows will be exhibited at SUNY Geneseo in mid-October, so you have about a month to continue modifying, if you choose. Here are a few photos from the parade (more will be posted soon).

A big thanks to Dan and Thomas for leading us this week!

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Welcome!

Hello, you’ve reached the Division of Foundations at Alfred University, New York College of Ceramics, School of Art + Design, in Alfred, New York.

Here you can find info about happenings, classes, and visitors, as well as practical info for new students such as how to register, graduation expectations, and guides to technology and tools. There is also a link to the Foundations Flickr page, where you can get a peek at the 2013 Foundations Exhibition and student work!

A special welcome to our newly accepted students!  You will join over 120 other bright young artists as they begin their educational journeys at AU’s School of Art + Design! Before you arrive on campus, you’ll need to take care of a number of things. The Alfred Foundation Blog will walk you through your first steps! Take some time and read the blog starting with the titles under ‘Getting Started’ (over there -> in the right column). For questions, email Shelly Grant at grantsh@alfred.edu in the School of Art + Design Office.

Check back often, as it is always changing!

Have a good summer.

Angie To and Ted Morgan

Letter from your past self?

Letters_to_futureOn the first day of school you were asked to write a letter to your future self! On the day of the Foundations Exhibition I mailed them out across the country!

Did you get it? Did it strike a cord with your present self? If so, please share your thoughts with me and I will share them here on the blog!

Now if you didn’t get one and wish you had… go to http://www.futureme.org/ and send a letter to yourself on your graduation day from Alfred in May 2016!