My first favorite activity was plaster casting. This was my favorite activity because not only did this activity take place at the beach, but also it was something that I have never done before. It was fun and I think everyone should have the chance to plaster casting.
My second favorite art activity was graffiti writing. This was a cool and fun experience because I had the chance working with spray paint. I have always wanted to use spray cans and this class gave me a reason to finally use them.
My third favorite art activity was game design – geocaching. This was my first time knowing and ever using geocache. The experience was fun and it made me feel like a kid again going on a scavenger hunt. It’s cool how people from all over geocache and trade trinkets.
My three least favorite activities:
The cuisine activity was difficult for me at first. I’m not really creative when it comes to making food so I had difficulties. Also, I was confused on what I would do. However, I successfully was able to complete this activity.
I didn’t enjoy the moonbase alpha art activity. I had difficulties linking my website with other people who I had in relation with my character. Also, I wasn’t sure other people from my class were going to link me on their website.
Lastly, I did’t like the Instagram activity. I usually post certain things on my Instagram. Taking pictures of what I did throughout my day was a bit unusual for me. Also, I don’t really like posting pictures consecutively in a day.
Other feedback on the class:
This class was my favorite class this semester. Not only was the class easy and fun, but there were many opportunities to earn lots of extra credit. I always looked forward coming to this class because each week we did a different art experience that was both interesting and new to me. There wasn’t a heavy work load, so you didn’t need to feel stressed in this class and you weren’t criticized for your work.
What can make this class better? :
I feel that the professor is doing an excellent job and should not change anything about the class. This was a fun GE course and you get to try many art activities. I will definitely recommend this class to people I know who are interested in taking an art class.
For this week’s art experience, the class and I had the chance to go to the Japanese Garden. I enjoyed spending the whole class time at the garden because I really don’t go to the garden, but I should more often. This activity was one of my favorite’s because it involved drawing and photography. The photographs and drawings were based on our surroundings in the Japanese Garden. For example, sketching the fish in the water or taking a picture of the trees and bushes. Overall, it was peaceful sitting in the garden and listening to the sound of mother nature.
This week, the class and I had the opportunity of receiving extra credit, if we were to find each others geocaches. The first thing I did was check each person’s GPS coordinate that they commented on the geocache page and determined which geocaches were closest to me. There were many geocaches on campus, so those were the ones I mainly went for to avoid driving far to different ones. Unfortunately, one of the geocaches that I was looking for was not there because someone ended up taking it, so I decided to look for a different geocache. I enjoyed geocaching and this time it was much easier finding my classmates geocaches because I now have had a little experience with geocaching. Also, I realized the different types and unique spots that my classmates placed their geocaches.
This week’s art experience was different because the whole class and I had to write our name and address on a piece of paper and put them in a hat. What made this activity exciting was that we had to randomly draw a piece of paper from the hat, not knowing the person we got. Unfortunately, from the piece of paper that I received did not have their name, just their home address. I was not able to look up the person in the roster to see what things might interest them. I decided to put together things that anyone one might enjoy and also things that interest me that I want to send to the person.
I believe that sending someone a ACP is similar to sending them a Snapchat because only you and the person are communicating to each other where no one can see. Also in an ACP, you can send the person a picture or letter. As well as you can with Snapchat. The difference between sending someone a ACP and sending someone a Snapchat is that you receive a Snapchat faster compared to an Art Care Package. Also, the photo or message that you send in Snapchat is on a screen and disappears, while when receiving an ACP you get to see it for yourself and keep it.
Depending on what the item is, ephemeral does gain value over time. If the item is a movie ticket, then it won’t gain value over time versus a historic item that might be worth something overtime because it no longer exists. The difference between Art seen at a Museum and an ACP is that in a Museum that art work has historic meaning while an ACP to someone has personal meaning to it.
Fast is better when sending someone a message such as Snapchat in order to receive a quick response. If the person take long to respond, it is difficult to remember and keep up with the communication. Slow is better when sending a ACP. For example, you might want to send a friend a gift or card for their birthday and the earlier you send it, the person can sometimes receive it by their birthday.
You can prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at McDonald’s. For example, a sandwich and chips is a delicious and quick meal. When sending an ACP there is a love difference compared to Snapchat because you put more thought on what you want to send to the person. Also, people sometimes tend to send personal things that have meaning to them.
Nick Bamford is an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach. Nick is currently a senior planning on getting his BFA in the Ceramics program. Huntington Beach is where Nick is from and also where he discovered his passion for art. In High School, Nick took a ceramics class and it interested him when he began to make many sculptures. Nick enjoys experimenting with his art work and letting things flow. Most of his time is spent working with art, but besides art Nick enjoys playing the guitar.
The art work that Nick had displayed was really interesting and creative. When I first saw his art work, the lights automatically caught my attention. There were different colored lights such as purple, blue, orange, green, and pink on the sculptures. Also, the sculptures had different random things on them such as a bell, birdcage, and even a skull. His art work ranged from different shapes, sizes, and positions that it was angled.
In Nick’s art work, his idea is to put different random things together and just be creative with it. Nick enjoys experimenting with his art work and trying new things. We focuses on making his art work different from other artists and also uses personal items in his sculptures. Nick did not get an inspiration from his art work, he just is being unique by using his creativity.
Synthesis / My Experience
Nick’s art work was amusing and I enjoyed witnessing it. I think its cool how Nick isn’t afraid to be creative and different compared to other artists. As well as Nick, I sometimes like to try new things and step out of my comfort zone. In life it is okay to be different and to step out of your comfort zone.
Jennifer Chen is a student at California State University Long Beach and it is her last year. Jennifer will be getting her masters in Printmaking. She uses her art as a way to express herself and ideas. Other than art, Jennifer used to be a Biology major and had worked in the health department. Jennifer’s plans are to teach Art 270 at California State University Long Beach.
In Jennifer’s art work, there are jagged line and also pictures of houses and a freeway. The colors used in her work are black, green, grey, pink, and white. The art work that is displayed is very detailed and she also uses Photoshop. Her artwork looks like an image from Google maps. To make her artwork stand out, Jennifer uses a gloss.
Jennifer’s idea in her artwork reflects on change and disturbances that go on in the world. For example, cars, buildings, and people change. While mother nature such as trees, grass, and much more don’t change. Jennifer tries to focus on the things that aren’t really notice such as the bark in her pieces. Focusing on the bark makes the trees stand out and look more 3-dimensional.
Synthesis / My Experience
I thought it was really cool how Jennifer used Photoshop in order to add change to some of her pieces. This experience made me realize how many things around us change except for mother nature. It also made me reflect and realize how change happens so quickly and how there is change in many things. Jennifer’s artwork was different compared to other artists and the idea that she had for her pieces made the exhibition unique.
This art experience geocaching was fun and exciting. The first spot that I went to was at the park and I sadly couldn’t find the geocache. I decided to try a spot that was located by Lakewood mall. It took my girlfriend and I about 10 min to find the geocache. I was so amused when I found the Altoids can and saw all the unique things inside it. I realized that certain areas where geocaches are located have different difficulties. In order to find those geocaches, you need to solve some sort of puzzle. In area that is big and involves a lot of trees and grass like a park makes it difficult for the person to find the cache. While as if it is by a mall, the geocache can sometimes be visible. I feel that you can map feelings and emotions onto the geography of a place because that place most likely has some sort of meaning to that person. The trinkets in the Altoids can resembles about each person and their journey. We all have our own secret places, using the GPS allows one another share our secret. The trinkets I put in my Altoids container resembled fun and adventure.
For this week’s art experience, the class and I got to go to the library. I really don’t go to the library, so I thought this would be cool to have an art activity taking place there. I really enjoyed reading the children’s book and sharing with one another. When the class and I were all at the computer lab waiting area, I noticed how people who weren’t in the class kept staring. I felt like we were bothering them and not following typical library rules of being quiet because we all were being loud. After, we all went to the bookstore and I immediately went to look at the sweatshirts. Others in the class also were looking at the clothes and accessories in the bookstore, while some of us went upstairs where the electronic stuff is at.
I enjoyed not taking pictures in the library because I didn’t have to worry about what I would need to take a picture of. Not taking pictures makes you feel relax and enjoy the activity. Words and pictures do capture an experience. If you write in words, I feel that the experience is more descriptive and an image mainly portrays on your experience and surroundings. A way to share your experience with someone who is not present is by video chatting them during the experience. The differences between the bookstore and the library was that in the bookstore, you get to be yourself and people won’t awkwardly look at you. In the library, your sort of required to be quiet because others around you are quiet as well. My overall experience was fun and I realized the differences between the library and bookstore. People act a certain way when they are in those surroundings.
Media: Oil Paint, Pastel, Wood Carving, Prints, Water based materials
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: No Instagram
About the Artist
This week, I had the chance to meet with Helen Werner Cox. Helen was born and raised from Ithaca in New York. Helen is currently a graduate student at California State University Long Beach and is in the MFA drawing and painting figurative. On her free time, Helen loves gardening, puzzles, and enjoys reading fiction and mystery books. An interesting fact about Helen is that she taught at a high school in Boston. Helen later moved and worked with middle schooler’s in Long Beach.
Helen’s art work ranges from light colors to dark colors. Most of her art work is huge and has geometric shapes. The colors in her art work is blue, green, orange, yellow and red, black, and white. Helen puts much detail into her work. There are many colors mixing together creating a shade to make the horses stand out. In one of Helen’s paintings, she uses a light creamy color over the horse to create an illusion of another horse. The sculpture that Helen created was smooth and the tail was realistic.
Chaos is the idea in Helen’s art work. The carousel is used to represent how society makes mistakes over and over again. She feels that society isn’t going anywhere. Helen has been channeling her anxiety and fear in her artwork. Helen’s first idea of her merry go round was with people. Later in her work, she decided to uses horses because they make her ideas seem powerful.
Synthesis / My Experience
Overall, I enjoyed Helen’s art works and it made me realized as a society, we can compare to a carousel. I have come across times in my life where I feel like I keep making the same mistakes or there is no change. My favorite piece was the photo below with Helen in it because it resembles her theme. I recommend people to check out Helen’s art work, she is very creative and puts lots of detail, you will not be disappointed.
For this week’s art experience, the class and I got to use Instagram. I was excited for this art experience because I enjoy using Instagram. There were many interesting photos that people posted on our 24 hour photo posting. Photos have ranged from food, to nature, selfies, and even building structures. Some people and I posted similar photos such as a picture of a fast food restaurant and even pictures of things that go on in the night life. I enjoyed this experience and I felt like we were all part of a community since we all had to use the same hashtag under our photos.