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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.


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 http://alfred.bncollege.com/ or click on ‘text’ while in BannerWeb!

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
Vine charcoal  (25 pack) Buy a good quality brand like Bob’s Fine Vine or Grumbacher
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
3 Wide cheap wooden utility brush (2 – 3 inches)
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 of 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
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

Masonite Drawing Board approx. 22 x 30 inches ( can be slightly larger)

Thanks to PropMedic on deviant art for the image! ( See at http://propmedic.deviantart.com/art/TF2-Papercraft-RED-Toolbox-77759668)

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!

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)