Category Archives: Materials + Tools

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. (To do this, go directly to the bookstore or click on ‘text’ while in BannerWeb!

So what is in the Art Kit?

Tool + Material Kits 2019-2020

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 medium HB, 1 4H Hard
  • 2 Ebony Pencils
  • 2 9-B graphite sticks
  • Compressed Charcoal 4 pack
  • White Conte Crayon 4 pack
  • Oil pastels 1 pack of 24
  • Vine Charcoal ( 25 pack) * buy a good quality brand like Bob’s Fine Vine or Grumbacher
  • 2 Bulldog clips
  • Erasers: 2 kneaded, 1 white
  • Acrylic Paint: white, black, cad. red medium, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cadmium yellow, cadmium red *please purchase artist or studio grade paint
  • An assorted pack of 7 brushes. Try to get a variety of flat and round brushes and a variety of hair types eg, soft water color, bristle etc.
  • 1 bamboo brush
  • 3 wide cheap wooden utility brushes ( 2-3) inches wide
  • Box cutter, matt knife
  • X-acto knife with extra blades ( size #2 blades)
  • Box of push pins ( 100 pieces)
  • Bottle of sumi ink
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Safety glasses
  • 4 rolls of blue painters tape ( 3/4 inch – 1 inch size)
  • Scissors
  • 18 inch cork backed metal ruler
  • Hot glue gun with a pack of extra glue sticks
  • UHU glue stick
  • 1 bottle sobo glue
  • 1, 25 sheet package of 8 1/2 x 11 glossy photo paper for desktop printer
  • 1 flash drive ( at least 16GB)
  • 2 Disposable quart containers for water ( for use with wet media)
  • Sketch book, at least 8 1/2 x 11 size
  • 1 can spray fixative
  • Masonite drawing board large enough to fit a 22 x 30 inch sheet of paper
  • Padlock

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