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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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Week 14 – Activity Feedback

  • Your 3 favorite activities this semester, and a few words about why
    1. My favorite activity was probably the spray painting. I had a ton of fun making the poster with my puppy and although it turned out terrible. I had fun working with spray paint. I feel like its something I wouldn’t have ever used outside this class.
    2. My second favorite activity was sand casting. Although my cast was a bust, I also believed this was a fun assignment and who doesn’t love a reason to go to the beach?
    3. My third favorite was the classmate conversations assignment as a whole. I never make an effort to get to know a lot of my classes. I liked how through the classmate conversation assignments and discussions this class became a sort of community for me on campus.
    4. The photowalks were awesome too!
  • Your 3 least favorite activities this semester, and a few words about why
    1. I really did not like the Moonbase Alpha assignment. I was very confused and although it was a cool concept I was just really unsure of how to go about linking into other sites. I would have rather done more photography assignments.
    2. I didn’t like the Instagram assignment either. I didn’t really see the significance of the hashtag and yes it was cool to see my classmates and their pictures, but I keep my Instagram network relatively small.I don’t follow people I don’t see or talk to regularly and I don’t really want my posts shared with people outside of this circle.
    3. I did not like the cuisine art activity either. I think I was brainwashed from a young age that playing with my food and it was just weird for me to actually bring myself to do that. I ended up baking cake pops and organizing them in a cute way, but that took a long time.
  • Any other feedback on the class – fun? boring? easy? hard? relevant? irrelevant? useful? useless? etc
    • This class was a breath of fresh air in my day. I have 5 classes stacked on two days and this is the class in the middle. It’s a nice break from my hard classes and a little time to relax and just enjoy the class. I don’t have to stress about being super accurate and critically analyzing to the extent I have to in my other classes.
  • What could make the class better?
    • Honestly the class is perfect it as it is. It’s the perfect amount of work for a GE and a great introduction to the various forms of art. It also challenged me to expand my knowledge about what  I consider art.

Wk 13- Art Experience- Care Package

An art care package is very similar to sending a snap chat, just not as modern. It’s similar because it likes a snapshot of a particular moment in time. All the momentos represent something an individual was doing in that particular moment in time, just like snapchat. I believe ephemera is precious and gains tremendous value over time. I know as a kid I would go over to my grandparents and I would love all their little treasures and momentos simply because they were from a long time ago. In fact my grandma used to have these “yard sales” in her living room where she would auction her ephemera off to my sister and I based on how close we were to the number she had behind her back. I think art that is only seen by a few is more valuable. A painting in the Museum of Modern Art is just like any other famous painting in a big museum. A smaller individual work of art like an art care package is much more individualized which makes it not only more unique and special, but more valuable. The time it takes for an art care package to reach a recipient also makes it more valuable. There’s a buildup of excitement and a sense of restlessness while you’re waiting for it to come. Snapchat is instantaneous and I don’t think there’s anything really that great about that. It just encourages further instant gratification in our generation and there’s enough of that with other technology as it is. I think taking the time to prepare something with love is very possible and apparent in smaller art projects like cooking a meal or putting together an art care package. McDonalds and Snapchat really can’t compare to preparing something with love. It’s instant, there’s no thought or effort put into it really so there’s not a whole lot of value.

Wk13-Classmate Conversation- Maison Chiu

This week I had the pleasure of getting to know Maison Chiu. She’s a first year majoring in business marketing She likes how marketing is a way to express ideas and sell something in a creative manner. She originally wanted to do fine arts but didn’t like AP fine arts in high school. She likes how  business marketing is both stricter and creative. She actually lives about ten minutes from school in Long Beach. She likes it because it’s an easy commute and saves money. In her free time she likes to draw and paint, play tennis, and listens to music. She’s gone to a few concerts but they’re really expensive so she doesn’t go to a lot. If she could be any animal she would be a bird so she could fly, but she was worried it might be exhausting to constantly flap her wings. She prefers waffles over pancakes because of the texture (me too). If she could live any era it would be the 1950s.



Wk12- Art Experience- Geocaching

I’ve always loved Geocaching and I think that it it’s pretty cool that this was our art experience for this week. It’s always an adventure to find them and it’s cool that no matter where you are, you know there’s some hiding somewhere. I’ve found geocache’s in 7 different states so far and it’s just been a neat experience. My family and I have been geocaching together for the last four years and we’ve hidden a few. Finding them just sort of makes you feel more interconnected with your community. You know other people have been there and looked for the same geocache as you. Then if you pass a geocache you found its like a little secret you share with the other people that find it. You know it’s there, but no one else does.  There was one in a tree by the main street in my neighborhood at home and to this day I always think about it every time I drive by. I didn’t have a whole lot of supplies for my geocache, but I put together a nice little box and hid it within one of the open supply closet things in my apartment complex.