Wk 15- Classmate Conversation- Maddy Braverman, Full circle

So I wanted my last blog post to come full circle and really appreciate the goal of this assignment. I wanted to go back to my very first classmate conversation and reflect on how much more I’ve gotten to know Maddy throughout this class and the semester. I knew her prior to the semester starting through our sorority, but there are 137 girls in our chapter so it’s truly difficult to genuinely get to know every single girl on a one on one level deeply. I still have a lot to learn about Maddy, but thanks to this class I was given an opportunity to just see more of her everyday personality. Maddy is just a genuinely sweet and caring person. She is one of the very rare people that genuinely wants to know and be there for all the people in the world. She loves the diversity of our campus and how there are something various different things to do. If she could, she would start a “Dear Sally” type category to help people work through or vent  so she could be there for everyone. She always has something fun to do or enjoy and she really likes that. Her positivity is contagious and just spreads to those her around her. She’s taken a lot away from the class, but that’s no surprise considering how active of a participant she is. She thinks it’s really great to have a relationship with professors and feeling comfortable enough to talk to your professor one on one. She took away an importance of speaking her mind and contributing to the class discussions. She also learned how to lead a class lecture for a huge class. She gained a lot more respect for professors because of this. She also learned about artists and friendships too. Within our chapter Maddy has stepped up and done an amazing job as our sunshine chair. I’m on our executive board and this semester has been challenging to say the least. Every Monday at meeting Maddy honestly made even the most stressful of days seem better. If she noticed I was stressed she would reassure me and honestly knowing I at least had some sort of support from the chapter made all the difference for me. I’m definitely not the only one who she has affected  either. She has truly helped to keep our chapter together and I am so thankful for all she has done. She is so passionate about all that she does and it just inspires the people around her. She is inspired by the altruistic things around her and the people that find all the good and the bad in situations. Maddy is one of those truly beautiful people that you are just lucky to meet. I feel extremely privileged to have gotten the chance to get to know her.



Wk 15- Artist Conversation- Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies 
Media: Printmaking, acid, wood, and etching
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: no website
Instagram: no Instagram

About the Artist:

Nancy is an undergraduate working on her BFA in printmaking here at CSULB. The exhibit is her final project and she wanted viewers of this exhibit to get a better idea of what it takes to make a print. To do this, she went to other printmaking places that were all over campus, not just at one place. Because of all the various locations, she named this exhibit after a crow who also goes from place to place.

Formal Analysis:

Nancy used a variety of different techniques so there for she used a variety of different materials. She used wood and metal. She also implements some etching to further accent her prints.Her work is primarily black and white but there is color here and there. They are all framed with a simple black border and clear background.

Content Analysis:

I believe the concept of this exhibit was really cool. The prints of the crows came out beautifully. It’s also interesting how the concepts of crows ties into the art both literally and metaphorically with the CSULB. By migrating to and from printmaking facilities, Nancy was embodying the spirt of a crow. The art itself also is crows.


Printmaking is really interesting to me and I enjoyed this exhibit. I liked how she broke down the various parts of printmaking. I also enjoyed the actual prints themselves. They were simple, but someone like me that doesn’t understand super abstract art was able to follow what she was trying to accomplish.

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Wk14-Art Experience- Drawing

I went to the Japanese Garden with my sister and my friend and we all drew and it was a fun thing to do together. I’m a terrible drawer and I wasn’t really looking forward to this assignment, but I really like that we did it in the Japanese Gardens. I wrote a letter for my boyfriend and drew on the front for one of my drawings, then I tried to draw the little house thing and a flower. I’m not sure if I did the pictures right, but I really enjoyed just sitting in the garden.

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