Monday Classes

Hello Class,

You have been assigned to 1 of 2 groups. Half of the class will be known as  A Group and the other half of class will be known as B Group. You will be in your groups for the entire fall semester.

A Group List

B Group List

On Monday morning:

A Group will meet with Professors: Hunter, Peacock, and Cray. Please bring your laptops to class along with notebooks and pens. ** if you do not own a laptop faculty will help you to make adjustments. This class meets in the Brick studio.

B Group will meet with Professors: Riesing and To. Please bring your kits, make sure you have all drawing tools like charcoal, pencils, etc. This class meets in the basement of the Cohen Studio

Have a great weekend!

 

First Homework Assignment

Due Monday at the beginning of class.

Part 1:

This weekend you will need to find 3 photographs that remind of you of an aspect of home. The photographs can come from any time period of your life, however, each photograph you choose should be distinct from each other in terms of content. For example, do not choose 3 photographs that feature family members. Instead try to find photographs that show architecture, landscape, people, or a specific event in time.

Part 2:

Carefully examine each image and then write a paragraph for each photograph that describes either the events leading up to the photograph or the moments directly afterward. You may handwrite or type your paragraphs. Bring these 3 paragraphs to class on Monday morning.

 

First Time Registration

SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
FOUNDATION STUDENT REGISTRATION
FALL SEMESTER 2019

Please read the following Questions + Answers carefully before registering for your Fall Semester classes. While this process can be complex for the first-timer, the following suggestions will help answer most of your questions. Once you have deposited, the University will assign you an AU identification number and an e-mail address. This will allow you to register on our BannerWeb system and begin to look at classes. You will not be able to register until you are assigned an Alt Pin #, which will be shared at one of our four summer orientations (May 21-22, June 11-12, July 13-14, or a pre-welcome week August 20-21). We will help you register on site. Those unable to attend and register this way will be given their Alt Pin at Welcome Week beginning Thursday, August 22.

Questions + Answers__________________________________________________

What is a typical Program for First Year Students
Foundation Art (101 & 102) 16 credits (8 per semester)
Art History (3 two credit courses ARTH 120, 130, 140) 6 credits
English (101 or 102) 4 credits
Humanities (1, 100 or 200 level only) 4 credits

What are the BFA Requirements?
A minimum of 128 credits are required for graduation from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design. You are encouraged to track your own progress toward graduation by keeping records based on successful completion of course work. You can review your progress toward graduation on the Banner system.

The total of 131 credits must be distributed as follows:

Studio 72 credit hours
Writing 4 credit hours
Humanities 8 credit hours
Other academics 13 credit hours
Art History 17 credit hours
Electives 14 credit hours                                                                                                                PHED 2 (additional PHED credits may not be used toward elective requirement.)
Senior Project 0 credit hours
Common Ground 1credit hours
Total of 131credit hours

So how many credits should I take?
A minimum of 30 credits should be completed by the end of the first year so that you can go on to Sophomore year. A normal load is 16 credits per/semester, but students have the option to take as little as 12 or up to 18 credits depending on their abilities, schedule and outside activities. The Common Ground (see description below) class is required and is a “free overload” class, which may put your schedule at 19 credits. If a student chooses to take 14 credits in the Fall they will be required to complete at least 16 in the Spring for a total of 30 to register as a sophomore. Additional tuition is charged for more than 18 credits and must be approved by the Dean unless the student is in the Honors Program.

How do I register for the Foundation Program?
All students accepted into the BFA Foundation Program will register for 8 credits of Foundation l (10676-ART101-001). During a summer orientation or during welcome week. Students will be assigned specific sections once they arrive on campus. After you add this course you will have registered for a total of 8 credits.

What’s the Foundation Schedule?
The Foundation Program meets every morning, five days per week. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday studio classes start from 8:20 until 11:10 am. On Wednesday mornings, the entire freshman class gets together for group activities, films, field trips, lectures and discussions from 8:20 until 11:10 am. When you are planning your schedule keep in mind that your Academic and other courses will need to be scheduled around these time slots.

What about Art History?
Refer to either your paper copy or the Alfred website for the Class Schedule Listing for Fall. You will notice that the Art History course numbers start with ARTH 12_, ARTH13_ or ARTH14_. Each of these courses are worth 2 credits. To complete the Art History requirement for the first year you must take one class beginning with each of those prefixes for a total of 6 credits. You will take one course one semester and the other two during the other semester. All course numbers are offered each of the two semesters and do not need to be taken in numerical sequence. It is very important that you complete all three of these courses before the end of your first year since you will not be able to take them again until you are a Junior.

The Art History courses meet for only 7 weeks or one half semester, so two may be taken in one semester. We refer to these half semesters as A Block (first 7 weeks) and B Block (second 7 weeks).  The Class Schedule Listing on Banner indicates which half of the semester each course meets. It is not recommended that you take two of these courses during the same 1/2 semester block. Please be aware of this when scheduling. In addition, each art history course is to be taken concurrently with a 0 credit discussion class which meets once a week on Wednesday evenings.  These plenary courses are meant to enhance the art history classes through the presentation of films, lesson review and an introduction to the library and research methods.  ** During registration students must register for art history courses and the discussion section at the same time.

What is Common Ground?
Common Ground is a one-credit discussion group moderated by faculty and staff and comprised students from all four schools. It will meet Thursdays at 3:20pm-5:10pm for the Fall semester only. Homework consists of short readings and videos, designed to require minimal time outside of the class. Think of this as community-building and a safe dialogue space for you to hear a new perspective and challenge your own preconceived notions. This is a rare opportunity to share in a common experience for all first-year students. Transfer and new international students are also expected to attend but if the class time conflicts, the Assistant Dean would discuss a waiver.

What about my English and Humanities Requirements?
With few exceptions, all students should take one English course and one Humanities course in their first year. Both courses are assigned 4 credits and should not be taken in the same semester. It makes no difference which semester you choose to take one or the other, although if writing has not been your strength you may want to consider taking your writing requirement first as it will help your success in other classes.

Can you tell me more about the Writing Requirement?
Students should register for the appropriate level course depending upon their scores on college entrance exams. School of Art and Design students will adhere to criteria utilized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for placement in ENGL 101, 102 or exempt. These courses may be limited, so if you do not get in the first semester, you certainly will in the Spring.

                 SAT Writing                  SAT                          ACT

ENGL 101       499 or below                 539 or below           25 or below

ENGL 102       500 – 699                        540 – 739                  26 – 29

Exempt            700 or above                740 or above            30 or above

Can you explain the Humanities Requirement with a little more detail?  Over the course of your 4 years of studies, you will be required to take 8 credits (2 courses) of Humanities. ** We recommend that students take at least 1, 4 credit course in the first year of study.  These courses are organized into areas or groups. You will be choosing one course from B or D, and one from the Other Humanities or A areas. Below I’ve listed the requirements and course names, but the best way to make sure that you are taking a course that fulfills the BFA humanities requirement is to go to BannerWeb. Once there, go to Class Schedule, scroll down to Attribute type and select either BFA: Humanities (Area B or D) or BFA: Other Humanities. Only courses that fulfill the requirement will be listed for that semester. Keep in mind that topics change each semester.  So you may want to plan ahead if there is a specific course you’d like to take in the future!

You will need to take one 4-credit course from among 100-200 level offerings listed under:
BFA: Humanities (area B or D course attribute)  Here are a few examples, there are many more, so refer to the online registration lists or the check sheet!
The World in the 20th Century-13626 HIST 107-01
The World in the 20th Century-13042 HIST 107-02
The Making of Europe 13617 HIST 110-01
The Rise and Fall of Iberia, 1450-1950-11657 HIST 151-01
American History 12465 HIST 211-01
American History 10208 HIST 211-02
Introduction to Philosophy 10302 PHIL 101-01
Introduction to Philosophy 13609 PHIL 101-02
Ethics 12651 PHIL 281-02
Philosophy of the Arts I 10304 PHIL 282-01
Introduction to World Religions 13242 RLGS 105-02
Birth of the Christian Tradition 13621 RLGS 254-01

The second humanities must be a 4-credit 100-200 level course from (area B or D) or from the BFA Other Humanities (course attribute) Here are a few examples, there are many more, so refer to the online registration lists or the check sheet!
Cultural Anthropology 10001 ANTH 110-01
Mass Media and American Life 10033 COMM 110-01
20th Century Poetry 13700 ENGL 216-01
Tales of King Arthur 13743 ENGL 221-01
Shakespeare in Cinema 12516 ENGL 225-01
American Politics 10351 POLS 110-01
American Politics 10352 POLS 110-02
World Politics 12825 POLS 271-01
Introduction to Sociology 10404 SOCI 110-01
Introduction to Theatre 13792 THEA 110-01

What is the check sheet? The BFA Check sheet and other check sheets are templates for what you need to graduate with a given degree. There is one for each Art History, Bachelor of Fine Art and Art Education. For up-to-date sheets, stop by the School of Art and Design Office and ask the undergraduate secretary for a copy.

What if I am interested in the Art Education Program? Students interested in Art Education will not need to register for any special classes at this time. You will learn more about the program and it’s requirements once here. If you just can’t wait and want to learn more, contact Prof. Corrie Burdick, the awesome Art Ed educator at burdickcb@alfred.edu.

What if I am a Transfer or Honors student? Transfer and Honor students may wish to make adjustments or additions to their schedule. Help is available by calling Betsy Kent at kent@alfred.edu or at 607-871-2441.

Are there other options that I might consider?
The University has many 2 credit offerings that are popular with students. Many Foundations students take courses in the Performing Arts including Music, Dance, and Theater. Spend some time looking over the course offerings for Fall. Sign up for something that really interests you! This is the time to explore new things or build on skills that you have already started to develop. If you are thinking about study abroad, then you might want to learn more about a specific country or take a language. And remember, you don’t have to do it all in the first semester, you have four years!

I have a question that you haven’t answered, who can I talk to?
For questions related to the online registration system and BannerWeb contact the Registrar’s office at 607-871-2123 or e-mail registrar@alfred.edu. For questions related to School of Art registration contact Ms. Betsy Kent: kent@alfred.edu or at 607-871-2441 or Assistant Dean Dan Napolitano: napolitano@alfred.edu

You may also take a moment and visit the Alfred University, School of Art and Design website at http://art.alfred.edu. There you can access lots of information about your school!

 

Friday Reminder!

In case you missed the email –

We are meeting at our regular 8:20 time tomorrow.  Groups A and B will bring the work they will be showing over to Harder.

Groups C and D will bring their work to Cohen.

See you then!

 

CLEAN UP – Thursday

Congrats on finishing your final reviews!

Now we clean.   Tomorrow (Thursday) We are meeting at 8:20 in the Cohen Barn to clean and paint.  Dress appropriately. Your attendance tomorrow is mandatory. Don’t miss!

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Final Reviews

Hello ! — tomorrow morning is the first day of final reviews. Please double check the schedules that are posted in both the Cohen and Harder Hall studios. Note the fact that reviews start at 8:00 each day not the usual start time of 8:20. ** remember to come early for set up, bring push pins and help your classmates to prepare.

All final reviews are being held in the Cohen studio

 

 

Review Schedule

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The link above list your name, day and time for your review. Please remember to come early to install your work.

You can also find a print out of the schedule in Harder Hall in Dale’s Studio and on the top floor of Cohen by the front door.

List of works for final reviews

Hi students,
Below is a list of each of the works you are responsible for having present for your reviews. Be mindful of which group you are in.
 

COLAB:

Sara/Hsini

Group C:

1. How to Zine

2. Letter to Administrator (documentation)

3. Final sub corp video

4. Sub Corp Silk Screen

Group B:

1. How to Video

2. Documentation from sub corp community engagement

3. Sub Corp Silk Screen

4. Choose one Letter you sent during CoLab (documentation)

Angie/Hsini:

D group:

1. Final video

2. Final double interview project

3. 10-12 question cards

A group:

1. Final audio

2. final video

FUSE LAB

Lydia:

(both groups)

1. Albers

2. Color match compositions

3. Final Portrait

Kat:

(both groups)

1. Color gradient (optional)

2. Albers

3. Color match compositions

4. Final portrait

SEE LAB

Dale:

C group:

Choose the best 3 from:

  • 2 Multiple contour/cross-contour drawings (you can choose the best of these or the pair)
  • Small ink collage OR its corresponding drawing
  • Still life
  • Final

B group:

 Choose the best 3 from:

  • 2 Multiple contour/cross-contour drawings (you can choose the best of these or the pair)
  • Glass drawing
  • Small collage
  • Final

Sarah/Myles:

(both groups)

1. woodblock and glass prints

2. best 2 Marky Mark drawings (one color one black and white)

3. best 2 Sol LeWitt instructional drawings

4. finished pieces from SEELab

MAKE LAB

Jason/Sydney:

(both groups)

3 images of documentation of final ceramic/fiber piece

John Gill:

(both groups)

1 ceramic piece of your choice (actual object or documentation)

Accepting nominations for student awards!

Please email me (riesing@alfred.edu) with your nominations for the following categories:

Leader of the Pack — Awarded to the student who most clearly embodies the Foundations spirit of ingenuity, positivity and collaboration.

Clark Kent  (Hidden in Plain Sight) — Awarded to the student who is a deeply engaged artist on the inside but on the outside looks like a non-artist, blending in with the crowd.

Fashion Killa — Awarded to the student who has brought their A game to the studio without sacrificing sartorial verve.

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WEDNESDAY CLASS (3/27) – Things to know…

Tomorrow we will continue to work on our large collaborative drawing. Details:

Group A and B will work from 9-10

Group C and D will work from 10-11

Please have your drawing/painting materials with you!!!!

Attendance for our Wednesday classes is MANDATORY.  These absences add up. Don’t let them effect your final grade…

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(Monet in his studio)

ART WALK TONIGHT!!!

Find all of the events tonight here:

Don’t miss!!!

Alfred Foundations at Scholes Library:
CoLab exhibition How to _____?! 
This show features the zines, interviews, and videos made in CoLab by A and C Groups. Come check out the amazing work and learn a thing or two!

Refreshments will be served.


Scholes Library Project Space
(ground floor): The School of Art and Design’s Foundation CoLab classes ask questions and seek answers on a variety of topics through audio interviews, videos, and zines.

Scholes Library Special Collections
Sketches from the FuseLab Foundations students Albers Project
Joseph Albers was a Bauhaus master of color. The FuseLab Foundations’ students used plates from his Interaction of Color in Special Collections to begin to understand how a color shifts based on the other colors it interacts with. Using Albers’ compositions, students made two versions: one where the two colors in the middle of a ground are the same but look different and another where the colors are different but look the same. These are their sketches, tests, and notes, which led to some incredible interactions of color.

Thursday / Friday Class

Tomorrow you will be beginning your 4th LAB class. The following tells you where to meet your faculty and what to bring for tools.

A Group: Meets with Professor McCarthy at Cohen Studio upstairs. Please bring your kits and make sure that you have all of your painting supplies, brushes, blue tape and a plastic container for washing out brushes.

B Group: Meets with Professors Des and Ferguson at Cohen Studio basement. Please bring a mug, something to write with and an “Open Attitude” towards art making and collaboration.

C Group: Meets with Professor Gill in the Harder Hall studio ( end closest to the Painting Dept. hallway) please bring a notebook + something to write with and clay tools that we on the list for this class.

D Group: Meets with Professors Blood and Calvert in Harder Hall middle studio. Please bring your kits, push pins, and make sure you have a something to write with.

 

 

 

Saakumu in Alfred!

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Join us for an African dance master class! Miller 300 1-2:15 on Tuesday, March 19th.

The Alfred University Dance and Music departments in the Division of Performing Arts are honored to co-host Saakumu Dance Troupe for a four-day residency March 18 – 22, 2019. The award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music groups in Ghana, West Africa. Formally led by master musician Bernard Woma who passed away last April, the company continues to honor his legacy with their commitment to introducing audiences to traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Their repertoire features a wide range of West African dance from spiritual, ceremonial, and recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. As the Director of Saakumu, Woma shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. Saakumu, in partnership with Slyboots Music, Art, and Dance School located in Buffalo New York, brings traditional and contemporary African dance and music to the communities in western and central New York.

This residency will include drumming, dance, and song workshops, as well as a full performance in the Miller Performing Arts Center at Alfred University on Friday March 22nd at 7pm. Admission is free. The artists will also conduct a lecture demonstration for middle school students at Alfred-Almond Central School. There are master dance classes that are open to the community on Tuesday March 19th 1 – 2:15 and Thursday March 21 (Miller Performing Arts Center Studio 300) and an open drumming class Wednesday March 20 from 4:00 – 5:00 Miller Performing Arts Center Studio 302). The AU Performing Arts Division will supply the drums. The final performance on March 22nd in the Miller Performing Arts Center will include dance and music performed by the company. In addition, participants in Saakumu workshops will be invited to join the rehearsal on Friday and then to perform alongside the Saakumu Dance Troupe at the Friday night performance.

This project is made possible with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by The Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program, and The Herrick Gallman Fund at Alfred University.

B BLOCK LABS AND MATERIALS

Hello Foundations!

Now that you have had at least 4 days to sleep in, catch up with family and friends or doing some traveling it is time to start thinking about next week and what to gather for your next 2 LAB classes.

Please replenish your kits of all materials that were depleted during A block. I have attached the LAB schedule for your reference and a list of materials for each Group.

It is not necessary to buy new materials if you already, for example, have clay working tools at home. Bring what you have and supplement with new for the rest.

When you return to campus please make sure to remove all of your finished projects, tools, and materials from the studios. Anything left behind after Monday will be disposed of.

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Wednesday class

Hello!

Tomorrow will be an in class work day to give you time to finish your body connection project that’s due next week. Please bring your projects and materials to the Harder Hall Studio at our usual time of 9 am.

 

-Angie

Weekend homework + reminders

Hello Class,

Some reminders regarding weekend homework and where you need to be on Monday morning.

Documentation: remember to document your body connection projects. If you plan to post to Instagram please remember to tag alfred_foundations

Clean-up: you and your partner must clean up the Harder Hall studio space. All installations and projects must be removed from the studio by 6pm Sunday. All materials that are bagged in the black plastic garbage bags must be tagged with your name and can be left in the middle Harder Hall studio space. All unidentified materials run the risk of being thrown out.

Monday Morning: Check the whiteboard in the Harder Hall studio space to find out where your group meets on Monday morning and what materials are needed.

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First Week Workshop

For the first week back to Alfred we will be engaged in a textile-based project. You will have received an email from me with a list of materials to support this project.

There is also one piece of homework which will be due on Tuesday morning. For this homework, you will need to learn how to crochet. Instructions can be found through this link:   learn how to crochet

You are expected to have at chain of at least 10 feet of crochet done for the start of class on tuesday.