Wk 6-Art Experience-Photo Walk

The photo walk experience was a good concept for us to really appreciate the aesthetics  that are right in our campus. Usually when we are busy getting to class and focusing on work, we tend to not notice the great sculptures that were specially designed for student to enjoy. I liked walking around and taking time to just see things that I pass a lot of times. For my pictures I wanted to include the most famous ones that include water and some that just stand on their own. I know it might be repetitive to take pictures of this, but at least now I am more aware of how great and unique these pieces are and how different the campus would be without them. Overall my guide was good and there is just so much they can cover in one walk. Something that can be improved is find different things to look at or things so simple you don’t even know they are there.


Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Sunny Min

“Rythem of the Fiddle”

Artist: Sunny Min

Exhibition: Fuse

Media: Metal work,copper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art,Gatov Gallery West

Website: N/A

The art gallery showcased many group exhibition which came from the Metal and Jewelry department. Sunny Min was not present during the time that I was there, however from what I can recollect is that she or possibly he was a part of the Metals and Jewelry program in California State Long Beach. It is unclear if they were majoring in BFA or if he/she was picked even though they are not majoring in this specific category.

This art piece is made out of copper metal and it has elongated features in the violin that it is depicted here. It does not look like an exact replica of the original but rather it is a skinny version of the instrument. It appears to be light and airy as it curves in different directions. The strings of the violin also curl up and bunch up together. The art piece is shaped as a bent type of spoon. This one contrasts many of the others because they were heavy in probably the thought of it while being made and this piece is very gentle and goes along the curves rather than sharp edges or harsh lines. It is the opposite of that.

Not much is said about this particular piece however the title of it says a lot about what the artist might possibly want it to mean to them. I assume that Sunny Min thought about the sound of the fiddle of a violin while making this features and the overall look of the metal work. They might also have a personal connection with the fiddle or a violin. It might be something that they are good at playing and has deeper meaning to them.

Some people might see this as a simple violin sculpture and that’s mainly why I picked it. To me it had a purpose to show how the sound of the violin could be demonstrated through art. The sound that usually does come out once you play it can not be seen but heard. With this art piece you can visibly see the sound and I assume that the sound is close to a fiddle. The way the metal copper was bent and curved had to be what each person hears. It is different to everyone, but I think the piece was what Sunny Min hears when they see and hear the violin being played.






Wk 5-Classmate Conversation- Valentina Ramirez


Many things surprised me about Valentina because there was more about her than what you think. To start off she is in her fourth year in Cal State Long Beach and she is in her last semester and so close to graduating. She majored in Sociology and minored in child development along with family studies. A more personal side of her life is that she lives with her husband and her two husky dogs which I think are amazing dogs and very cute at the same time. When she was young, around six grade, she began to practice MMA all the way to her second year of university. I thought it was interesting that she did a rigorous sport like this one. What impacted me the most was that she said that her dad wanted her brother to do it and he also said that she wouldn’t be dedicated it enough to do it. All this time she did it to prove him wrong and enjoyed it along the way. Even though she injured her knee I think what she did was incredible. She still likes to go hike and bike around the city despite her knee injury. The things she likes doing are mainly doing to eat dinner and hang out with her parents. She tries to visit her parents as much as possible since she lives with her husband. I can relate to her because I like to stay close to my family as well. Random fact about her: she likes to eat which I can really relate to.

Link to Valentina’s website:https://ramirezelorzaartwordpresscom.wordpress.com/

Wk 5-Art Experience- Cuisine, Couture, or Coiffure

For this week I had no idea what I was going to do since the beginning, but later on I saw some Youtube videos about glitter roots which was really weird to search up. Apparently it was a trendy thing to do and many people experimented with different color and textures. I thought this was a very simple thing to do yet it looked really nice and very different from everyday hair. I applied glitter with hair gel and it was surprisingly easy to clean up and wash out. I wanted to go the extra mile and color my hair a different color as well, non-permanent because I’m afraid to damage my hair all the way. Overall this a cool idea and it showed really well in the pictures.Again my parents and friend thought I was cray for doing  I did it all by myself and I liked the results. Hopefully this meets the requirements even though I still enjoyed doing it since it was not something I do every day and don’t plan to.

Wk 4 Art Experience-Graffiti Writing


I never knew that I sucked at graffiti, but it is something that takes practice. I now have a bigger admiration for those people who are talented enough to spray paint in any area and surface and it truly comes out great. You would think that anyone could do this, however I think it comes naturally and not for everyone. I am the type of person who likes guidelines and precise measurements and I found out that this type of art is the opposite because there are no rules to this or specific orders to start and end. I would seriously like to learn how to use the spray can because it was a bit messy and the lines are not visible. I’d  also like to learn how to control that aspect of the writing. Overall I was stuck on how to start and I overthought it and I had to handle it in a more calm manner. The less I though about getting the right amount of paint, the easier it was to get it out the way I wanted.

Wk 3- Art Conversation-Enrique Robles


Artist: Enrique Robles
Exhibition: International Perspective
Media: Photograph
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A


From what I can gather, the student who took this photo is someone who went to Guatemala as their Study Abroad trip from 2008 or some year close to the present. The artist was not in the gallery at the moment, however from what I can conclude is that the artist wanted to capture his experience through one picture. He really enjoyed his visit and found the true essence of what tourists come to see in this country.

The photograph may look simple from a far, but the closer you get the colors of the photo pop out at you. There are vivid colors of orange, red, and yellow as old Spanish buildings are usually painted. There is an overpower of greenery in the back of the buildings were the enormous volcano is. There is a sort of rustic feeling of the place when photograph was taken because of no modernistic architecture around. The photo also has a similarity to what spring looks like as opposed to others that had around the exhibition of study abroad trips. The photo takes a candid shot of what it’s like in a normal basis and what every day is like for the people who are not tourists.

This photographer made a great point with this picture, he stated that Guatemala is a great place to go and get away from “commercialism” and it somehow does go away when you notice the beauty of this country. He says that Guatemala is one of the few places where you can mix history and greenery at the same time. There are not many country now a days that still have Spanish inspired buildings with a grand volcano in the background. I believe that when he took their picture he wanted to avoid tourists, but rather capture an every day type of picture. He did this in order to get rid of what could contradict his belief of this country which would be lost through modernization of today and everywhere.

Now for a person who comes from Guatemala and wanting to recollect the memories there, it is nice to see my country in someone’s perspective. This picture showcases all of the accommodations that are offered in Guatemala, in this case it is not something you can buy. What they offer has to do more with what nature can give you and make you experience on your own. I for one completely agree with the photographer because we are appreciating the country in itself. It is disappointing that many people don’t even know that this country exists and what it looks like. All my family is from here and this photo makes me wonder if they take in the beauty or if it’s just something they see everyday. I wonder this because we sometimes forget what we have in front of us and now that Enrique Robles captured this, I truly appreciated my heritage and where I come from.






Wk 3 Art Experience-Snapchat

I’m definitely a person who is new to Snapchat. I barely started using it this past summer and I really liked it. It allowed me to connect with people from the past and to connect with certain family members who are far away. With students from a class was a different type of way of getting to know someone. I added a few people that I haven’t even met in person, but oddly enough I got to see who they hang out with, what they do during the week, and what type of person they are. Many seem very friendly and I would love to get to know other people in this class. I am a very shy person so this was not an easy task to add people or send them a message so you can semi-stalk them in this content. Jokes aside, Snapchat is awesome and I would recommend adding people you don’t expect even if it is out of your comfort zone. All of these projects have got me somewhat out of my shell and it has been good so far. I’m quickly learning that we can really help each other out in this class.

Wk 2 Art Experience: Plaster Casting

I know it’s early in the semester but I think for me this experience was the most fun. I didn’t get to go to the beach, however I still enjoyed it with sand from Home Depot. I basically did everything myself and it was great to do an art project that I get to keep for memories. Buying the stuff was not as hard as I thought and it was in the comfort of my own home. I did get strange looks from a few neighbors but it was fine because it was definitely cool to do a mold with real supplies that I never thought I would use. I never knew you could make molds of your hands or feet with simple supplies which was convenient and amusing. I volunteer to work with kids and I can definitely bring this experience up because what kid wouldn’t want a mold they get to have for themselves and it was simple enough to involve young kids.