Extra Credit: Evaluation

When I registered for this class, all I was thinking about was that I needed to fulfill my GE requirement. Throughout the whole semester, I learned so many new information about the types of art there are, the history of it, and how it all began. Art was never really “my thing,” but I enjoyed learning about it, going to the art galleries and talking to the artists. Talking to them allowed me to see their own perspective of the artwork, but I was also able to have my own view on it. Hearing about what inspired them to make the wonderful art that they make and what they thought about while making it was like catching a quick glimpse of the artists’ mind.

My three favorite activities were plaster casting, ethnography, and sketching in the garden!

I enjoyed the plaster casting activity simply because it was fun to go to the beach and work on the activity with my friend. Since the beach calms and relaxes me, it was just an enjoyable time even though I had to redo my hand because I terribly messed up on my first try.

I liked the ethnography activity because it was a different kind of experience just to get away from using electricity and not going on my phone. It was good to have time to myself and go back to doing the hobbies I used to do, even if it was for a little while.

My favorite activity would have to be sketching in the garden! It was an amazing experience and seeing it for the first time; it was beautiful. I was stunned to see how many koi fish there were, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many in a pond!

The three activities I least enjoyed were automatic drawing, finger painting, and zines/flip books. I can’t really say that I least enjoyed. Honestly, I just chose them because I didn’t do enough activities… Lol. Let’s just say I didn’t enjoy them as much as I enjoyed my favorite three!

The automatic drawing took a while to progress into something that looks like a drawing. It was a “spontaneous” kind of thing since we were just letting the marker/pen draw on its own without controlling it or making a design. I didn’t really like the finger painting because it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. Last but not least, the zines/flip books! I’m not a creative person so just working on them took hours because I couldn’t think of anything, but at the end, it was not so bad.

I think Slack and WordPress came in handy for this class. It made it easier for us to post our discussions and the videos were easily accessible as well. WordPress was good for our blog posts and since it’s our blog, we were able to put our own style into it and design it the way we want to, it made writing my blog posts more fun!




Week 15: Classmate Conversation

This week I met Chris who is a fourth year which means he’s graduating soon! I have three more years before I graduate which seems like a long time, but time passes by pretty quickly. Chris is a computer engineer major. He decided to go this route because both of his parents are engineers, he likes computers, and he likes to see how things work. He has an older sister and some of his hobbies include playing video games and watching anime. Chris said he tries to get into different hobbies every few months and he’s trying out 3D printing now. He’s traveled to a few places like Japan, Philippines, Britain, France, and Hawaii! It was great talking to Chris!



Week 14: Activity – Sketching in the CSULB Garden

It was my first time going to the CSULB Japanese Garden and it was absolutely beautiful! I wish I went sooner so that I can sit and relax while listening to music or read a book. My friend came with me and she’s already been to the garden during a trip in high school and the first thing I said to her was, “It’s so green! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so green! It’s so nice.”

Since we were supposed to sketch, I honestly had no idea where to start so my friend and I walked around looking for somewhere to sit with a good view of the garden. I started off with the 10, 30 second sketches and continued to do the other sketches, but I didn’t like the way my drawings turned out so I decided to just post the 10, 30 second sketches and my final sketch of my view of the garden. I took a few pictures of the garden so I could go home and continue my final sketch. The experience was amazing, it was calming to sit there, enjoy the view, and then draw. I’m not an artist as you can tell (lol), but I tried to draw the garden as much as I could and add the little details in from the pictures I took. I really enjoyed my time at the garden and this activity was great as well.

Week 14: Classmate Conversation

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Maria (left) and Ana (right). They’re both freshman’s, just like me.

Maria is majoring in communications and she’s also thinking about minoring in political science. She went to Warren High School and played softball. She loves watching movies and shows (same girl)! One of her favorite movies is La La Land and her favorite show is Game of Thrones. Maria has a younger sister which is really cool since I’m an only child and it gets boring.

Ana is majoring in biology and wants to be a pediatrician when she graduates. She went to Downey High School and played volleyball during her freshman and sophomore year. One of her favorite shows is Vampire Diaries (I’m currently watching it)! She’s attending CSULB because it’s a good school and it’s also local.

It was great meeting and talking with Maria and Ana!


Week 13: Artist Conversation – Laura López

Exhibition Information

Artist: Laura López

Exhibition: Selvática

Media: Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Laura López is an artist from Columbia who is pursuing her Masters degree (MFA) in the CSULB’s School of Art Drawing and Painting Program. Her paintings are inspired by nature and jungles as she’s always admired the way nature builds and creates all sorts of life forms that are interconnected. She’s also inspired by the Philosophy of Pantheism, which envisions the whole universe as full of spirit and the intelligence of all life as a whole spiritual reality.

Former Analysis: Walking into the gallery, I felt a sense of relaxation. Usually, I’m not too fond of bright colors, however, her paintings had a type of balance that made the artwork very aesthetically pleasing. Her paintings were unique, yet beautifully made with a variety of different colors that really enhanced her work. The aspect of nature in her paintings were apparent and included a twist with the way she added different designs in them.

Content Analysis: All of her paintings related to nature like the forest or the jungle. Laura states, “I admire the intelligence of nature that is reflected in the way it continuously creates life through organic patterns of growth, that are full of beauty and wisdom.” Nature designs itself, growing the way that it wants to and spreading all over the world. Laura says that she psychologically perceives the jungle as her true home, as the space where she comes from, where her roots are planted and that she sees this bond as a metaphor that supports her creative life acting as inner force towards growth.

My Experience: I really enjoyed this exhibit and I have to say it is one of my favorites.  I admire her interest and passion for nature and the way it inspires her to create such magnificent artwork. Her paintings had so many intricate details, for example, the designs in her trees that made me wonder how long it must have took for her to complete it. Though I believe that the time she spent on her artwork was truly worth it because of the way her paintings turned out!


Week 13: Classmate Conversation

This week I met Samantha (Sam)! Her birthday is on October 21st and she’s a first year. She has three dogs, who’s names are Charlie, Fluffy, and Dodger. Sam likes to go on hikes, which she’s done twice and she’s also been camping. She’s been to Nevada and Arizona. It’s funny because those are the only two states that I’ve been to as well! Sam says if she were to travel, she would go to Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Seoul. She’s gone to several different concerts including One Direction’s “Where We are Tour,” Got Seven, and IM5. We’ve both been to Disneyland and her favorite ride from California Adventure is California Screamin’. Sam’s also been to Six Flags a few times and her favorite rides from there are Viper and Tatsu. I hope to go there soon because their rides seem so fun. I enjoyed getting to know and talking to Sam! Here’s a picture of us with the doggy filters! Lol.


Week 12: Activity – Ethnography

What did you think the experience would be like?

I thought the experience would be boring without electricity. I’m usually always doing something on my phone or on my laptop so without those things, I did not think I would have much to do. It seemed like a longer day since watching TV shows or movies made the day go by faster. I spent my day reading a book, writing a few of my thoughts and drawing. When I started to get tired and bored, I took a nap. It was a good experience just to see how life would be without electricity. I enjoyed most of the day since I don’t spend much time reading or writing anymore, it was good to get back on that.

Was it “easy” or “hard”? 

It was not easy or hard. It was a different kind of experience. I just had to find more things to do than I usually would, but I enjoyed the day with myself and my family, without my phone or any type of electricity. I looked for candles the day before so that I would have some type of light during the night.

Did you get better sleep? Are you usually sleep deprived? What would it be like to sleep well every night? 

I decided to sleep early since I wasn’t distracted with TV, my laptop or my phone so I got more sleep. On other days, I only get about 5-7 hours of sleep which is not enough for me to function throughout the day. On the day without electricity, I was able to sleep for 8-10 hours.

How is living without electricity more organic or harmonious with nature?

Living without electricity is more harmonious with nature because during the day nature provide its lights for you and you’re not depending on electricity for it. Without electricity, people can also take time out of their day to walk outside and just admire what beauty nature has given us.

How is living without electricity more limited? Is it boring?

Since we’re in a time of technology and electricity, it’s hard to imagine life without it. Everything we do involves electricity so without it, our options are limited. We’re used to going on our phones and watching TV when we’re bored and it seems that when we don’t have electricity, we have no idea what to do!

I was at home so I decided to walk around the neighborhood and take pictures of trees and the sky as the sun was about to go down.