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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.

Questions for YOU!

1. Did you register?

2. Do you have at least 12 credits and not more than 18?

3. Did you sign up for at least one Art History AND an Art History Lab for each section? (Also make sure that you are not taking more than ONE during the same block!)

4. Do you know what writing course you should take?  (If not, see the registration post to learn how your test scores help determine this.)

5. Did you get all your technology, materials, and book?

Check over your schedule! It’s important to have this all finished before you arrive.

See you soon!

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

B Block Materials!

rainbowBefore you settle in to Spring Break, take a moment to review and gather the materials you will need for your next workshops. Check the info posted in the beginning of the semester if you need a reminder as to what section you are in!

(See separate posts for the makeLAB and coLAB)

seeLAB (Ted+Andrew)

For Profs. Ted and Andrew’s section of seeLAB you will need to refill your KIT! Please make sure to have all the listed items. Wondering what is in the kit? Click here ART KIT.

seeLAB (Kathy)

“I would like each student to bring back a one square foot box of objects that they have collected: organic, man made, fabric etc. These objects will be destroyed so nothing valuable. We will be using these objects for the length of the work shop so PLEASE make good decisions.”
—-Prof. Vadja

FuseLAB (both sections)

Please bring the following back from break. Note that some of these materials are already part of the materials you need to replenish in your art kit or may cross over with other course lists.

  • 1 set of acrylic paints (5-10 colors?)
  • 1 set of paint brushes
  • 4 packs of hot glue sticks
  • 1 glue gun
  • 1 box cutter+1 set of blades
  • 1 xacto knife+2 sets of blades
  • 1 pack of 100 sheets inkjet photo paper
  • sketch book
  • 10 rolls of masking tape

This LAB class will explore issues of photographic images and the construction of a reality as it applies to those images.  To that end students in this class will be engaging in the production of photographic images and the construction of the subject matter to be photographed.  In addition to the above listed materials we ask that you bring the following back with you to campus:

  • 5 photographs from home: choose portraits of yourself, family members, friends.  Try to choose images that span a length of time, i.e. some historical photos, some contemporary photos.  If you feel uncomfortable bringing in the original a good quality reproduction is acceptable.
  • A camera – can be any of the following: Point and shoot digital, Digital SLR, iPhone (or any cell phone with a good quality camera).
  • USB download cable
  • Magazines for collaging
  • Fabric for making sets ( can be any scrap fabric, old clothes etc you have at home)

makeLAB (both sections)

makeLAB 2013

THIS LIST AND ASSIGNMENT IS FOR BOTH makeLAB SECTIONS
Professors John Gill and Jason Green

FOR THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS:  Bring 10 high quality color prints of paintings from history. You need to print the image, rather than just saving images on your laptop.   For the best color reproduction, print the images on glossy paper.Try to find paintings you think show DEPTH.  The images should clear and be as large as you can find, 8.5×11 would be ideal.  Spend some time looking at and finding paintings by different artists, from different time periods and from different art movements.

Along with your 10 Printed Images, also bring the following tools and materials to the first class meeting: Continue reading

coLAB (both sections)

coLABlogoHello! For your coLAB workshops this spring we are asking that you do a small homework and bring back some materials. This is for all sections of the course. See below!

Homework: (listen to stories, write a story)
We are going to working on reading, writing and telling stories. What is a good story? How do you tell a good story? Take some time and listen to some great stories told live. One of the best places to start is the MOTH, True Stories Told Live. They can be found here: http://themoth.org/.

Many of you are also fans of This American Life, Story Corps, or Radio Diaries. Or maybe you like to laugh, here’s a nice little collection of comedians telling stories… at LaughSPIN.

I laughed out loud at the one about Taylor Dane…

Bring to the first day of the BEST story that you heard from listening to the above podcasts and the BEST story that you can write and tell that is based on a REAL situation. These can be serious, funny, odd or simply show the nature of people and places. The story you write does not have to be taken from your life, but it should be based on a TRUE story. So if you don’t have a good story to share, then you’ll need to ask others to share one with you! Maybe set up your own MOTH storytelling evening!

Materials:                                                                                                                                               At least 2 yds. of fabric, fur or leather.
Funky used clothes, with interesting patterns, hats, children’s jeans, button-up shirts or coats.
A few pieces of foam, cardboard rolls, or other durable materials to build upon                           Thread, cord, embellishments
Needles, fabric glue, good fabric scissors
OPTIONAL Sewing machine (if you have one and want to bring along. There will be some available.)