Week 12-Classmate Interview-Amy Chang

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Amy Chang is a second year communication major at CSULB. She currently does not know what she wants to do with her major. Amy was born in Korea, she grew up in Chino Hills, and she currently lives in Buena Park. She attended Los Alamitos High School. Her favorite food is sushi. Her favorite colors are gold and red. Amy has two older sisters. One is 25 years old, and the other is 23 years old. Amy is the youngest.

Amy doesn’t really have a favorite class, so far. But, her least favorite class is history. Amy’s favorite sport is basketball. She sort of likes the Lakers, and is disappointed of their current performance. Amy also enjoys dancing. She took ballet to fulfill a GE requirement, and she really enjoyed that class. When asked what her favorite season is, Amy said that she likes all seasons.

Amy speaks Korean, and a little bit of Spanish. Her favorite book is The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen. Her favorite movie is The Guardian. So far, Amy’s favorite art activity has been the remix project. She made a short, adorable video of animals dancing to Shake It Off. It is really funny and cute! Amy’s least favorite activity has been making the sculpture at the beach. Amy’s birthday is August 9th. One last fact about Amy is that she loves Pinterest!

Week 12-Artist Interview-Katherine Cox

As I entered Katherine Cox’s exhibition, Domestic Implications, this week, I was enticed by her pieces. Each piece looks so calm and peaceful. Once I started to pay more attention to the details of the pieces, is when I noticed the true story behind them. Many of her pieces tell of stories of injustice. As I walked around some of her pieces, I told my friend what I thought the pieces’ stories are. I feel that all of her pieces, as a whole, show the blindsided perspective of life. It is how something or someone can look great and joyous from afar, and then once someone pays more attention, that someone sees all the true realities.

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Domestic Implications is Cox’s BFA exhibition. Since I have previous experience with ceramics, I asked Cox what type of clay and glaze that she used; she responded with saying that she used porcelain clay and celadons glaze. There was a couple of new vocabulary that I had never heard of before, such as thrown vessel and a drop. Cox explained to me that a thrown vessel is a ceramic piece that is made on the potter’s wheel. All of her pieces were made that way. A drop is the pear-shaped vessel. The drops are hollow. Because of the fact that the drops are hollow, some of them exploded in the kiln. Furthermore, Cox said that it takes a few hours on the potter’s wheel to create the desired shaped vessels. It takes her from a few hours, to days, to carve the designs into her pieces.

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The top three, are my favorite pieces from the exhibition. I like the turquoise color and leaf design on the first one. In the second picture, I like how Cox created a tea set. It is very pretty and I like how Cox used the same leaf design on the teapot. In the last picture, I like how Cox designed the dress with what looks like a couple having a picnic. Overall, her pieces are very deep in emotions. Almost every piece has its own story.

Week 12-Activity-Algorithmic Art

For this week’s activity, I had to complete a form of procedural art. I decided to make an origami balloon out of paper.

Steps on how to make an origami balloon:

1. Obtain a perfectly square paper and fold the corners in, as so.

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2. Fold in the other corner.

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3. Fold each corner in, towards the inner crease. Also, fold the paper “hotdog” style.

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4. Fold the corners inwards, to create a big triangle.

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5. Fold the corners inwards towards the middle. Do this on both sides of the triangle.

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6. After you have made a square, fold the outer tops of the triangles inwards.

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7. Fold the little loose corners.

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8. Fold them inside the little pockets, on each side.

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9. Open up the balloon carefully.

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10. Blow slowly into the opening.

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11. Enjoy your little balloon!

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These origami balloons are fun and easy to make. They are a simple way to add decoration to your room.

I hope that these directions are easy to follow. Have fun crafting! 🙂

Week11-Classmate Interview-Kimberly Carrasco

I interviewed Kimberly Carrasco this week. Kimberly is from Lynwood, California. Kimberly is currently in her second year at CSULB, as a sociology major. She currently does not know what she wants to become with that major. She is considering to become a child counselor. So far, her favorite class has been sociology. Her least favorite class has been astronomy.

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As we were talking, I found out that Kimberly is a fan of all LA sports! That means that she also goes for LA Galaxy, when game day comes. Although she enjoys various sports, her favorite is baseball. Kimberly also enjoys the beach, winter, and her favorite color is red. When asked what her favorite food is, she said hot wings.

Something that we both have in common is that we both speak Spanish. Another thing is that our favorite art activity, thus far, has been the student choice activity. We both decided to take pictures. Kimberly said that she took pictures of flowers.

A few more fun facts about Kimberly is that she has a brother and a sister. Her favorite books are A Child Called It and The Great Gatsby. Her favorite movie is The Book of Life.

Week 11-Artist Interview-Patricia E. Rangel

I got to interview Patricia E. Rangel, this week, on her work from Rebuilding. This art exhibition is influenced by agriculture. Rangel was born and raised in the same house her whole life, so there was a culture shock when she came to Long Beach. She is now more accustomed to the city life.

Rangel said that she had all of spring break to set up her work in the gallery. She was very fortunate to have the extra time of a week, because artists usually only get a couple of days to set up their work. Rangel informed me that she built all of her pieces in the gallery. It took her about a day to finish each piece. It is difficult for her to keep some of her pieces up, sometimes, because they break easily.

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In order to build the pieces, Rangel used wooden molds. She then uses a sandcastle consistency of dirt and water to be compacted into the molds. She slowly compacts the dirt until her piece is finished. Furthermore, Rangel is not able to predict when cracking will happen.

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If Rangel feels that something needs to be brought in, she’ll bring it. It does not matter what it is. For example, Rangel found some grape trellises on the side of the road, so she brought them in for one of her pieces.

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In the pictures above, Rangel informed me that there is 14 carat gold in them.

Rangel’s work impressed me because she recycles most of her pieces. She reuses and remixes the dirt, as needed. Her pieces will never look the same after she dismounts them from the gallery.

Week 11-Activity-Plaster Casting

For this week’s activity, I had to make a mold of my hand or foot, and pour plaster into it. I decided to make a sculpture of both of my hands and one of my feet. I wanted to make three molds, just in case one of them collapsed, or did not turn out great. I went to Seal Beach to complete the activity. I followed the directions from the video posted on “beacharts.ca.”

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After completing the molds, my little brother, Joseph, helped me by mixing the plaster and pouring it into the molds.

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As we were waiting for the plaster to set, Joseph and I had to battle the oncoming tides! We kept digging trenches around the molds, so that they wouldn’t get wet. IMG_3898

Finally, after waiting 30 minutes, I was able to dig out my sculptures! I think that it is cool of how my hand sculptures turned out! I really like the outcome. On the contrary, I do not like how my foot sculpture turned out. The plaster did not run all the way down to my toes, so the foot sculpture is less than half of the actual size that it is supposed to be.
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Overall, I really enjoyed this week’s activity. Even though I got plaster and sand all over me, I really enjoyed the outcome. I hope to make more sculptures this summer. Maybe I’ll try making molds of different things like beach toys. 🙂

Week 10-Activity-Student Choice

For this week’s activity, I chose to do a time lapse of photos, of my lovely spring break. The goal of this activity was for me to take photos throughout the week, that described my day. I had a fun experience taking the photos. I took all photos with my Canon EOS Rebel T5i. I am still getting used to all of the different features on my camera, so I had great opportunities last week to experiment with a lot of the features. This activity is special to me because it captures my 2015 spring break!

Sunday, March 29

I had a fun time at the park with some of my little cousins.

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The butterflies came out of their cocoons!

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Tuesday, March 31

I used the close-up feature to take pictures of different flowers in my backyard.

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Wednesday, April 1

I painted my nails, and a cute bird visited my backyard.

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Thursday, April 2

Two out of the three butterflies came back for a visit. Also, I have some new backyard neighbors, bees. Instead of birds moving in, bees moved into the birdhouse.

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Friday, April 3

I was busy doing homework, when I heard a helicopter nearby. I don’t know what was happening, but they told us to lock the doors and stay indoors. It was a bit scary, especially since stuff like this never happens where I live.

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Saturday, April 4

Beach day! I didn’t take a lot of pictures, so that I could have more fun in the sun! 😀

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Sunday, April 5

I went to my little cousin’s birthday party. I, of course, was in the jumper! I love playing around with my little cousins!

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