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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

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!