For your own personal copy of the Visual + Material Archive instructions, just download and printout by clicking on the following link.
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!
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:
- At 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.
Learn to tell a good story.
We begin, August 24 at 8:00 AM….
I’ll see you then.
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 http://alfred.bncollege.com/ or click on ‘text’ while in BannerWeb!
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)
- 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
Thanks to PropMedic on deviant art for the image! ( See at http://propmedic.deviantart.com/art/TF2-Papercraft-RED-Toolbox-77759668)
For those thinking about making some paper-maché sculptures… Below you’ll find a link to Illuminato’s paper-maché and paper paste recipes!
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!