Wk 15 – Extra Credit Evaluation Post

3 Favorite Activities:

1.  My favorite activity would have to be Sketching In The Garden. This is my favorite because in college you never have “field trips” anymore and I appreciated being able to go to the garden and just spend the class period drawing.

2. My second favorite would be Landscapes With A Corpse. This activity was fun because it was so creative. I had fun figuring out what i should do for my activity and taking the pictures.

3. My third favorite would have to be the Art Care Package. I guess it was a nice experience to find someone to send the package to and figure out what items you could put inside that would effect that person greatly.

3 Least Favorite Activities:

1. My least Favorite Activity would have to be Graffiti Writing. Personally for me, It was hard finding a canvas to draw on since i currently live in the dorms. It was also a hassle worrying about buying spray paint.

2. My second last favorite would be Plaster Casting. Although its a cool concept, I ended up making my casting and it never set, even after 3 days. I also couldn’t find the right plaster even after going to 3 stores. I didn’t enjoy this activity at all.

3. The last least favorite activity would have to be Ethnography. I think this is just because of what I believe in. I don’t see it as a benefit when we relinquish our technology that we have created through our own evolution as humans. I just didn’t agree with this idea and it wasn’t much fun to me.

Slack + WordPress vs Beachboard:

I actually really enjoyed using slack and wordpress. After learning how to use them, it wasn’t much of a hassle keeping up and posting things on time. I also prefer slack + wordpress over beachboard because it kind of makes you want to make your site better.


Wk 15 – Art Activity – Design Thinking Applied to Life

Possibility #1 :

For my first possibility I would like to plan out my life with my International studies degree. In this path I would most likely be working and living out of the country, possibly in Italy or Madrid. I would be working for a non-profit organization somewhere in these two places. Speaking the languages, I would be able to get accustomed to life quickly and after 5-10 years, I would move back to California where i would establish my own nonprofit.

For rapid prototyping of this possibility i have contacts with my old Italian teacher and with some of my family members that live in Madrid. These connections will in the end offer me a way to start my career in these different places.

Confidence: 8/10                                                                              Resources: 8/10                                                                      Impact: 9/10                                                                                     Satisfaction: 7/10

Possibility #2 :

In this possibility I would follow my film minor and get a job in the film industry in Hollywood. working my way up the ladder, I would get a chance to direct a few movies, do well at some movie festivals and eventually becoming a big name and getting credit for my screenwriting/directing. At this point I would have already bought my mom her mansion and i would buy my dream house down in Laguna Beach. I would retire early and travel the world for the rest of my life.

For rapid prototyping in this possibility, I have befriended multiple friends + RAs who are film majors and are currently getting jobs in the industry. With their help, I will be able to break into the industry and advance myself slowly, eventually moving from TVs to movies. I have also started to work with editing movies and pictures of my own and building up my portfolio.

Confidence: 7/10                                                                              Resources: 7/10                                                                      Impact: 10/10                                                                                     Satisfaction: 10/10

Possibility #3 :

For my third possibility I would follow a career in my second minor which is web applications -programming. After graduating from school, I would be helping small businesses and other companies with their web design/programming, Sooner or later i would go up to North California and work/live in Silicon Valley. I would get hired by big companies and I would work closely with them to keep their aesthetics appealing. After a few years, I would start my family and keep working till I am old and have successfully gotten my children through college then retire with my wife and live happily.

Rapid prototyping for this third possibility has also already began, an example being this very website. Going through other classmates website, some didn’t even bother but since I knew this would be a starting point for me, I made sure to put a little extra effort and make it aesthetically pleasing and I believe I achieved that. This not only serves as the foundation to my web programming future, it gives me something I can constantly check and improve over time as I learn how to be a better web programmer.

Confidence: 9/10                                                                              Resources: 8/10                                                                      Impact: 6/10                                                                                     Satisfaction: 7/10

Wk – 14 – Classmate Conversation – Courtney Clyde


Courtneys blog

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney at the japanese gardens. Courtney was born in Santa Barbara California which is a beautiful place. She moved here to come to school. She is a sophomore studying Kinesiology in hopes of one day becoming a physical therapist. She has dabbled in sports throughout her life however she has stuck closely with soccer up until now. In her free time she likes to rock climb and she currently works at the intramural desk at the rec center. She has an older sister and like me she’s into all types of music.

Wk 14 – Art Activity – Sketching at the Japanese Gardens

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For this weeks art activity we were tasked to sketch at the Japanese Gardens here on campus. Honestly, this was my favorite art activity. Since I dorm on campus, I was able to just walk from my room to class which was dope. I sat on a chair on the right side when entering and began to sketch the pond. The abode picture was that I was able to draw during class time. I decided to at least finish the pond and start drawing some of the lilly pads but there are so many that i couldn’t finish. Overall this was a really fun activity.

Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Laura Lopez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Laura Lopez

Exhibition: Selvatica

Media: Painting, Oil

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery 

Website: None

About the Artist

For our final Artist conversation, I had the pleasure of looking at Laura Lopez’s exhibit, Selvatica. A few things I think you should know is that Laura is originally from Colombia and is currently a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach School of Art drawing and Painting Department. She wishes to continue with her artwork after she finishes with school. Colombia and the nature and landscape of her country was a heavy influence in her art. Learning this, going back and seeing her art once more gives you a different feeling.

Formal Analysis

Laura’s exhibit was very appealing. Each of her paintings are based on nature, mostly the wild jungle. Being from Colombia, she is able to take her countries landscapes and create very unique and colorful portraits. In her paintings, she uses many different colors and mixes them together in her art. She contrasts different colors with each other to create a sense of depth in her paintings, using both dark and light colors to create this illusion and show the different states of the jungle, of the wild.

Content Analysis

I feel that Laura was trying to catch the way she sees her mother country. Being very much influenced by Colmbia’s nature and just loving nature in general, Laura is able to convey her vision of nature through her art. In her pieces, she is able to capture the different states that a jungle can go through and just how colorful jungle can be. The wild changes through the day and the night, going through the entire rainbow of colors and I feel that thats what Laura is showing. Along with the cougar in the second picture, she shows the difference between the light and the shade of a native of the jungle.

Synthesis / My Experience

There were many interesting exhibits this week however i was just drawn by Laura’s. I also love nature. Im a big fan of camping and I avidly photograph nature so when I saw so many colors and her depiction of the jungle, I was hooked. Being from Guatemala myself, there are many protected lands of jungle that I have been to where nature is allowed to grow without being interfered with. Her paintings were able to remind me of my native country and just how beautiful it is along with getting a taste of how beautiful the nature in Colombia must be. Laura is an extraordinary painter and Im confident that I’ll be seeing her art throughout my life.