Wk 9 – Activity – Transmedia Storytelling

For this week’s activity we all had to create characters and make social media accounts for them. Also, make a story about the characters we created with our group members. I worked with Milagros Herrera, Gillian English, and Jonathan Pua. We all decided that our characters were going to be animals. My character was a bunny named Bonnie. My group members created Hoth the Sloth, Gina Guinea Pig, and Larry the Llama. Our story would be that we all met at an animal convention and became good friends. We hang out every week and bring our favorite veggies. 

Bonnie Bunny is a fluffy rabbit that loves adventure and making new friends. She was lucky to meet Hoth the Sloth, Gina Guinea Pig and Larry the Llama at an Animal convention. They were the nicest animals she’s ever met and became best friends. They love to be outdoors and have picnics at the park. Bonnie enjoys going to the Japanese garden to feed the koi fish and relax under the trees. She has a Twitter account and Instagram. Her username is Bonnie_bunny7 on both accounts. 

Here are pictures of our social media accounts. πŸ™‚ 

Instagram: 

  1. Hoth_the_sloth (Jonathan Pua)
  2. Ginaguineapig (Milagros Herrera)
  3. Larry_thellama (Gillian English)
  4. Bonnie_bunny7 (me)

  

Twitter: 

  1.  Larry_thellama
  2. Hoth_the_Sloth
  3. GGPig_Celery
  4. Bonnie_bunny7

  
   
 

My group members were helpful and communicative. We came up with our ideas through a group text. At first I didn’t have a group, until I met Mellie Herrera and included me in her group. I thought that this week’s activity would be a little challenging because I wasn’t sure what character I would make and what my story would be. But when I joined my group it became easier because everyone thought it would be a good idea to create an animal. I love animals so I already knew what animal I wanted to create. My group members made cute and funny animals. They were creative with their social media posts. Overall I did have fun making my character and pretending to be a bunny named Bonnie. 🐰

Also, here are my group member’s websites. πŸ™‚ 

https://millieherrera.wordpress.com

https://englishgillian.wordpress.com

https://jonathaninteractive.wordpress.com

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Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

This past Thursday I met Maccabee Shelley. His artwork was displayed in the Gatov-West gallery at CSULB. The materials he used to make his sculptures are glass, plastic, paint and things he found in dumpsters. What he wants the audience to experience is something that they haven’t seen before and expand their view of the world and art. 

Shelley is currently a student at CSULB. He grew up in Los Angeles then moved to San Francisco. Then moved to Long Beach for school. He has a degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. He’s had many exhibitions all over California since 2009. 

Shelley’s sculptures are unique and creative. I haven’t seen this style of art before and I enjoyed looking at these sculptures. It makes you wonder how it was made and the meaning behind it. I like how the colors in the sculptures have movement. It looks as if it’s melting from the sculpture. 

Here are some pictures of Shelley’s sculptures. His website is http://www.maccabeeshelley.com

 
   
    
 

Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Marisol Gonzalez

Today I met Marisol Gonzalez and she is a second year at CSULB. She lives in Long Beach and her major is Child Development. She wants to work with children after she finishes her Bachelor’s degree. Her hobbies are soccer and going out with friends and family. She likes going to Disneyland. Her favorite characters are Tigger and Minnie Mouse. Her favorite foods are enchiladas and lasagna. 

The question of the week asked what is our favorite type of art and Marisol said ceramics. She chose ceramics because she likes sculptures and visual art. I said painting because it can be colorful, unique, and random. Also because it’s all in one piece.

Here is a picture of Marisol(middle) and I plus two other classmates. πŸ™‚

  

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Rhiannon Aarons

Last week I met Rhiannon Aarons. She is a MFA student and it is her second year at CSULB. Her artwork is a combination of human and animal anatomy. These images were scanned from original anatomy and zoology books from the 1800’s.

Here is her website if you want to see more of her work. http://www.rhiannonaarons.com

Her artwork is about the human female anatomy. In history there have been many myths about the female anatomy and continue to be seen as facts. Also, how it relates to the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Her images have a serpent body and the serpent is portrayed as feminine. It took her one year to complete her creations including other pieces of her work that were not displayed in the gallery. 

Aarons’s artwork caught my attention because of the massive details in the images. Also because it was something that I have never seen before. I think the combination of human and animal anatomy was a great idea. I like the meaning behind her artwork and it taught me new things about the history of female anatomy. 

Here are some pictures of Aarons’s artwork. 

   
   

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Shiva Nadjm

Last Thursday I met Shiva Nadjm. Her major is Fashion Merchandising and it is her second year at CSULB. She has always liked fashion and wants to be a buyer for well known fashion designers. Her hobbies are hiking, going to the beach and she likes to try new places to eat. She also enjoys exploring and adventuring Long Beach. The question of the week asked if any of the previous artworks reminded us of another artist or personal experiences. Shiva said that Jane Weibel’s ceramic pieces made her think about her childhood. She said Weibel’s artwork made her think about a  playground. She also said that another artist had paintings about nature, and it related to her hiking adventures. It reminded her that feeling of peace when she is around nature. 

Here is a picture of Shiva and I.😊

  

Wk 8 – Activity – Writing about Art

This week’s activity was to edit one of our classmate’s artist conversation and to edit one of my artist conversation posts. My classmate’s name is Donna Tang. I read her latest artist conversation and it was about Rhiannon Aarons. This is Tang’s website: donnatangblog.wordpress.com

Her first paragraph about the artist is a long sentence. I think it could have been made into two sentences. In her third paragraph, the second sentence has the word “depict” repeated twice. I think she could have replaced it with “represented” or “portrayed”. Lastly, I think her last paragraph should of been her second paragraph. I think it would of made her post flow better, and you get to know who the artist is at the beginning of the post instead of at the end.

What I liked about Tang’s post is that it’s clear for the reader to understand what the artist’s work is about and how it was made. There wasn’t any spelling or grammatical errors. I like how she can to relate to the artist’s work. 

My artist conversation post from last week has a few things that I could’ve of changed. In the third paragraph I could of worded the second sentence differently. I should of wrote “In the gallery, she had pictures of herself when she was a child.” I also could of wrote the following sentence as “In the picture she is with her family on a sled.” Also, in my last paragraph I could’ve worded some sentences differently. In the seventh sentence I should of wrote “When I was little all I cared about was going outside to play.” 

The good things about my post is that I was able to relate to the artist’s creations. It made me contemplate on my childhood memories and made me miss my childhood. This is the reaction that the artist wanted for her audience. I don’t think there were any spelling or grammatical errors. I think my sentences were clear and easy to understand. 

I think the best way to become a better writer is to have someone read your work. It can be a friend, relative or a classmate. I think getting feedback from someone else is really helpful because it can prevent you from making those mistakes again. Also, to reread whatever you have written because you can catch spelling errors or awkward sentences that you didn’t notice before. 

Lastly, here is a picture of my dinner from Snapchat. (my professor wanted us to do this).πŸ˜‹

  

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Jane Weibel

        Yesterday I met Jane Weibel. Her major is Ceramics. She has one more year to graduate from CSULB. Her favorite artist is Jessica Stockholder. She has been doing ceramics for two years. 
        The materials she used to make her artwork are ceramic, fiber and rope. Her ceramic pieces took 2 months to make. Then 36 hours to install her artwork in the gallery. Her Instagram is Janemargarette.

          Jane Weibel’s artwork represents her childhood memories and the innocence of it. She had a few pictures in the gallery of her as a kid. She was with her family on a sled in the winter. Her artwork had bright colors and children’s clothing. There were swings and mugs with teddy bears. Jane wants the audience to contemplate their childhood and think about who they are. To reflect on their memories and cherish them. 

          When I was looking at Jane Weibel’s creations, it made me feel like I was in a jungle gym. It made me think about when I was in Elementary School. Recess was my favorite time of the day.  The ceramic swings reminded me of how much I enjoyed getting on the swings at the park with my family. I still love going on the swings but I don’t go to the park as much. It made me miss my childhood because life was simple. It was just about going outside to play. My favorite pieces were the kid’s clothing hanging on the ceramic hangers and the mugs with teddy bears. 
    
    
   
  

Wk 7 – Classmate conversation – Kristal Torres

This week I met Kristal Torres. This is her second year at CSULB. She is undeclared right now but she wants to be a nurse. She is nineteen years old and works at Baskin-Robins. She has a twin. We also found out that we live a block away from each other. Some of her hobbies are soccer and Netflix. We both like Orange is the New Black. Her favorite show is Grey’s Anatomy. 

For the question of the week, Kristal said that she would dye her hair lavender. It’s one of her favorite colors. I said that it would be lavender as well or a pastel pink. I think I would also combine the lavender and pink. Here is a picture of Kristal and I. 

  

Wk 7 – Activity – Snapchat

The first two are screenshots of my snapchat drawings and the rest are from my classmates. πŸ™‚

   
    
    
  
How Periscope, Instagram and Snapchat are similar is that you are posting things that are going on in your life. Instagram and Snapchat are similar because you can take pictures or videos. You can personally send them to one particular person or upload it where everyone can view it. You can make your account public or private. On Instagram if you like someone’s picture or video it gives them a heart. Periscope also has hearts and you can give someone many hearts if you want to. On all three social accounts you can write comments. Periscope and Snapchat are similar because what you upload on these accounts only lasts for 24 hours and then it’s gone. 

How Periscope, Instagram and Snapchat are different is that on Periscope you can only make videos.  You can also have a conversation with people all over the world while you’re making your broadcast. People can send comments while you’re doing your broadcast and you can answer their questions or comment back if you want to. On Instagram you can comment on each other’s picture but you also have to tag the persons Instagram username so that they know that you replied back. Also, when you upload a video or picture on Instagram it stays there forever unless you want to delete it. On Periscope and Snapchat, what you upload only lasts 24 hours.  Another difference is that when you take a screenshot on Periscope or Snapchat it notifies you that someone took a screenshot. Instagram doesn’t have that feature. 

I think I like Snapchat more because I noticed that I use it more often than Instagram. I also think it’s more acceptable to make many posts on Snapchat. I think that on Instagram if you post many pictures or videos in one day it can be seen as “too much” and it might not get as many likes. I like the new features on snapchat. When you take a picture of yourself or make a video, you can add these silly animated faces. For example, you can have heart eyes or have a rainbow come out of your mouth. It also includes sound to these funny faces. I also like how you can see who views your post and if they took a screenshot. 

I don’t like Instagram as much as I used to. I think it is because my feed is sometimes dead. I don’t care as much as before to upload a picture everyday. Now it’s more like once a week. I mainly use it to look at my friend’s posts or to explore posts. Sometimes it’s also when one of my friends or family tag me in a post. 

I think this Snapchat activity did give us some type of “dialog.” We all knew that we needed to add each other on Snapchat to be able to view a classmate’s snapchat drawing. Some people sent me a snapchat, others posted their drawing on their story. I noticed similarities with my classmates. Many of us were at school or we made snapchats at home or work.

Wk 6 – Artist conversation – Alice Adreini

This past Thursday I talked to Alice Adreini. She is getting a MFA in contemporary drawing and painting. She’s been attending CSULB for 3 semesters. She has a theatre background and has been painting for 5 years. She’s from Minnesota and is currently living in Long Beach. 

Her three paintings are about space and gardens. The two large paintings took her a couple weeks to finish and the small painting was a couple months. She used oil paint. The soldiers in her painting add a different dynamic. It also adds a destructive element or a protecting element. Alice also said that she wanted to add a conflicted element. The soldiers are a reminder that there is conflict and space is threatened by conflict. Alice wants the audience to feel wrapped up in a a garden space and feel sublime.

Alice Adreini’s painting was inspired by her mother because she likes gardening. Her mother would find toy soldiers in the dirt. This is what inspired Alice to add soldiers to her painting. 

Alice Adreini’s paintings were bright and colorful. I like that there were soldiers in her painting, it reminded me of the movie called Toy Story. The painting with the blue flower is my favorite. It kind of has this 3D look. It looks like the soldiers are protecting the flowers. 

 Here is a picture of Alice Adreini and her paintings.