Wk15- Classmate Conversation-Alexandria Sandoval

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On this very day, I was able to meet another friend by the name of Alexandria Sandoval. She’s from Rancho Cucamonga and now has an apartment in Long Beach near school. Currently, she is a second year studying kinesiology, exercise science. Alexandria is trying to become a physical therapist. Out of three siblings, Alexandria is stuck in the middle. She loves to draw, play sports, and run. She told me how she like to perform physical activities because it gets all her stress out. Similar to me, she works at an arcade called Round 1. Although I don’t work at Round 1, I work at an arcade as well. Also, she told me that her greatest weaknesses are chemistry and biology. Even though she spends countless hours studying, she still finds it difficult. I can relate to her because I am currently taking those courses that she took since we are in the same major. If you want to know more about Alexandria, visit her website:

https://simplyyalexx.wordpress.com/

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Wk15- Class Evaluation

     Overall as a class, I genuinely loved this course because it was able to bring out an artistic side of me that I usually don’t use. In general, my top three favorite art experiences would include the landscapes with a corpse, plaster casting, and design thinking applied to life. The landscapes with a corpse was really fun because it was interesting because it could happen at any minute and that photo depicts us leaving Earth. Secondly, plaster casting was fun because I was able to go with a group of friends to have fun at the beach as well as perform this activity, which is basically hitting two birds with one stone. Lastly, the design thinking applied to life was great because it made me think more about my future and goals.The three least favorite are graffiti writing, finger painting, and ethnography. The graffiti writing one was the worst for me because it was a hassle to spray paint since I live in an apartment and the smell was too overwhelming. The finger painting one was fun but it was too much of a hassle to go to a supply store in my area since they’re too far and it was quite costly for the paint. Lastly, ethnography was fun but the thing was without technology and electricity, it was difficult for me to study and do my work.

Compared to beachboard, I really like the concept of using Slack and WordPress. It is something new that most of us haven’t used and it’s a great way to communicate with others. Compared to beachboard, Slack is more like direct message with the class and gives us the ability to interact with each other a whole lot quicker. Also, WordPress is nice since we are able to keep it even after the class and produce our own website where we can talk and post about our lives.

Wk15- Art Experience- Design Thinking Applied to Life

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  1. Currently, the thing I want to be doing right now would to become a physical therapist. The reason why I got into this field was because ever since I was a kid, I would always have dislocated or broken bones and needed to go to a physical therapist. I always loved how they were able to maintain a growing relationship with their patients and seeing them progress to returning back to their original state before being injured. I volunteered at a clinic and I absolutely loved it! That is why I want to become a physical therapist. However, I am not completely passionate about it but it’s something I want to go after as if right now. Life would be good since the job is not stressful and the income is great! For this career field, my confidence, satisfaction, and impact is really high as well as my resources.
  2. If physical therapy was not an option anymore, I would want to be a personal trainer. After taking an anatomy course, I excelled in the muscle groups since I was always so interested. Although I am not muscular or strong as compared to the typical appearance of a personal trainer, I really enjoy how the muscles works and seeing individuals striving to become a better person that they were before, whether it is physically, mentally, or emotionally. For this future, I feel as though I can not do what I want outside my career since this job does not pay that well. I think my confidence, impact, and satisfaction would be high but not my resources.
  3. If I was already financially secure, I would want to be a car mechanic. When I state car mechanic, I want to be a person who actually modifies cars instead of repairing. For example, I like to add more parts to cars, such as lip kits, side skirts, mufflers, wheels, rims because I have done so throughout the years. It all started when my group of friends obtained nice cars and fixed them up. Ever since they bought it, I would always help them add stuff to their cars, such as rims and mufflers, and I completely love it. Plus, since I am financially stable, I would like to open up a shop and work on other cars as well. I would want to build up cars and be able to sell them as well as time progresses. I believe that the only thing that would be high would be my satisfaction.

Wk14- Art Experience- Sketching in the Garden

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     I really enjoyed going to California State University, Long Beach’s Japanese Garden. It was surreal on how beautiful it was. The only bad thing was that the location is so far from the campus. Walking to the garden was intense since it was so hot. However, I felt as if I was in a garden in Japan! It was really calm and peaceful there. I really liked the different types of fishes. Each fish had different distinct colors, size, and shape. Initially, I thought that the fishes were kinda scary, but after feeding them, they were quite friendly. Sketching here was really peaceful since I was under the shade on such a blazing hot day. I would definitely come back just to escape all of the stress that is going on in my life. I tried to sketch different things that was quite easy for me since I am not a good artist. I could not draw a nice photo to save my life!

Wk14- Classmate Conversation- Josh Ocular

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     Today, I was able to talk more with my friend Josh Ocular. Surprisingly, Josh is the same year as me and he is currently studying sociology. Josh commutes daily from Carson, which is fairly close to Long Beach. In addition, he loves to go out, eat, and play sports. He stated that his favorite type of sport would have to be tennis. In high school, Josh was on the tennis team. Besides being adventurous and trying new things, he also loves to just relax at home and binge watch shows. His favorite types of shows are definitely anime. I’ve noticed that it was really easy to talk to him! Josh is really outgoing and friendly. He could also spark up and maintain an interesting conversation without ever losing interest. If you want to know more about Josh, visit his website:

https://coolcatjosh.wordpress.com/

 

Wk13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida

Media: Metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Website: http://www.kgrmetalcraft.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kgrmetalcraft/

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About the Artist

     Currently, Krystal Ramirez is finishing her last year at California State University, Long Beach pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with the emphasis in metal and jewelry. Every since she was a little kid, Krystal loved to draw and paint. She stated how it gave her a sense of freedom since there are no boundaries. She attended Orange County School of Arts in Santa Ana for visual arts. When she took a class involving jewelry and then she immediately fell in love with it. Initially pursuing a degree in child development, Krystal knew that it was not for her and she stuck with her heart to focus on her art pieces.

Formal Analysis

     Within Krystal’s artwork, she utilizes different types of metals, such as pewter, copper, brass,steel, silver, and many more, to create pieces of art that represent a large dinner table filled with different types of plates and utensils. In addition, Krystal was able to create a dim effect that is evident and similar to many fine-dining restaurants. The way Krystal displaced her pieces was really engaging and warming because she displaces her exhibit as if it was inside an actual home.

Content Analysis

    Krystal’s work serves as an exploration of the relationships that formed around the dinner table. She stated that her art pieces are a directly reflection of the people that have influenced her. Ever since she was young, Krystal always admired the ritual of meal preparation. Something about the raw materials that were turned into such magnificent pieces but being so savory at the same time constantly interests Krystal. Another reason why she created the art pieces and exhibit the way she did was because she greatly valued family time. As a result, she chose to create an atmosphere and exhibit of the dinner table because it was the location at which big decisions were made and truths were shared.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     I really enjoyed the exhibit because I can relate to what Krystal was trying to express through her exhibit and artworks. Similar to Krystal, I would also share many big news and decisions with my family. In addition, it was the place where I was able to bond with my family the most since we are all busy with our own things in life. After viewing the exhibit, it made me reminisce about all the things that happened at my dinner table back at home. 

Wk13- Classmate Conversation- Bernadette Villena

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I would like to introduce my new friend Bernadette Ashley Villena. Currently, Bernadette is a second year within the nursing major. Listening to Bernadette, she is very energetic and positive. In addition, she is very smart. She utilizes her free time to study for upcoming exams and is very studious. Besides studying, Bernadette loves to go on adventures, eat food, and play sports. In high school, she use to play tennis with a mix of both doubles and singles. The funny thing while talking to her was we were able to share the humor of anatomy. As if right now, Bernadette is taking anatomy. Last semester, I took the anatomy class and it was literally the bane of my existence. I spent approximately 40 hours a week studying for that class. After listening to Bernadette talking about it, it just brings back memories.

If you want to know more about her, visit her website: https://bernadetteavillena.wordpress.com/