Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Nicholas Cedeno 

Last Thursday I met Nicholas Cedeno. He is a second year at CSULB and his major is Criminal Justice. He lives in Norwalk and went to Lakewood High School. His hobbies are hiking, hanging out with friends and family. His favorite color is blue and he loves eating chicken. This is his website nicocedeno.wordpress.com

The question of the week asked “What Art has made the biggest impact on your life?”. Nicholas said that the movie Annie has recently impacted his life. He watched this movie on Thanksgiving and it made him want to adopt children in the future. This past Friday I went to a place called Gaslamp and they had a band playing 80s music. The band was amazing and my friends and I were really into the music. We were singing and dancing. I really like how my friends were having a good time and even though we don’t listen to 80s music on the regular, we still had fun. I think this night impacted my life because it made me appreciate my friends even more because they bring positive vibes and it’s always fun with them. 

Here is a picture of Nicholas and I. Also, some pictures of the galleries.


Wk 13 – Classmate conversation – Filimon Soltero

Last Thursday I met one of my classmates from Art110 and his name is Filimon Soltero. His website is filimonsoltero.com if you would like to take a look at his posts. Filimon is a third year at CSULB. He is majoring in Health Care Administration. He lives in Compton and commutes to school. His hobbies are playing video games, soccer and spending time with friends and family. 

The question of the week asked what we thought about Art110 at the beginning of the semester and how we see it now. Filimon said that at first he thought that he was going to be drawing or painting for Art110. He also didn’t know that much about art. He wasn’t expecting to do different activities but he still enjoyed it.  This class has taught him about different types of art. He said that now he views art as something that can be everywhere. 

How I saw Art110 before the semester started is that maybe we were going to be making drawings or paintings but at the same time I really wasn’t sure what I would be doing in this class. How I view Art110 now, it made me look at art in a different light. There are activities that we did that I would have not seen as art before but now I do. It made me more open minded about art and I think it’s awesome that we get to see different artists every Thursday. 

Here is a picture of Filimon and I.  

Wk 12 – Classmate conversation – Zeida Gonzalez

Last week I met Zeida Gonzalez and she is in my Art 110 class. Her major is film and it is her third year at CSULB. She lives in Whittier and commutes to school. She likes to read and her favorite author is Dean Koonts. She loves to procrastinate. Her favorite shows are Dexter and Parks and Rec. We both like to watch American Horror Story. 

The question of the week asked what color makes you happy and what color calms you. Zeida said that the color teal makes her happy because it is her favorite color. She also said that the color blue is what calms her. She said that it makes her think of the park, beach and sky. It makes her feel stress free. I also said that the color blue calms me and it reminds me of the beach and sky. The color yellow is what makes me happy. It reminds me of the sun and it brightens up the room. 

Here is a picture of Zeida and I. This is her website zeidagonzo.wordpress.com 😄  

Wk 11 – Classmate conversation – Jasmynn Nguyen

Last week I met Jasmynn Nguyen from my Art 110 class. She is a third year at CSULB and is majoring in Child Development. She wants to work with autistic or disabled children. She lives in Westminster and commutes to school. She loves to go shopping and enjoys buying make up. 

For this week’s question of the week it asked if we think tattoos are art, if designing your own make it more meaningful and what tattoo would we get. Jasmynn said that tattoos are art and she would want to get a quote on her arm or her Dad’s birthday year. She said that it is more personal if you create it but even if you pick a tattoo from a book you can still personalize it. We also talked about our own tattoos and she has one on her back. It is a bird cage with birds flying out of it. I have a lotus flower on my back and some other small tattoos. 

Also, here is Jasmynn’s website if you want to take a look at her posts. Jasmynnkae.com

 I definitely think that tattoos are art especially if it’s done by someone who is a professional. I would want to get a mermaid tattoo on my arm or leg. My sister and I  have talked about getting a matching mermaid tattoo just need to save up first. I also think that it does make it more personal if you design your tattoo. If you choose a tattoo from a book it can still be meaningful, it all depends on the person who is getting it. You can still customize it by telling the tattoo artist what colors you want or what style you want.

Here is a picture of Jasmynn and I. 

Jasmynn’s tattoo  

My lotus flower tattoo  

Wk 10 – Classmate conversation – Donna Tang

Last week I met Donna Tang.  It is her last semester at CSULB and she is a double major in social work and Chinese studies. She is originally from San Diego and is currently living in Long Beach. She plays guitar, likes to go bike riding and collects coins. She also enjoys long boarding. 

The question of the week asked what places we would want to visit. Donna said she would like to visit Greece or Israel. I said El Salvador and Honduras because my parents are from there. I would also want to visit Japan. Donna has visited many countries. She’s been to Taiwan, Korea, China and Vietnam. 

Here is her website donnatangblog.wordpress.com 

Here is a picture of Donna and I. 


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. 🙂


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 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 6 – Classmate conversation – Kahlia Cadle

This past Thursday I talked to one of my classmates her name is Kahlia Cadle. Her major is Accounting and it’s her second year at CSULB. She lives in Rancho Cucamonga and commutes to school.  She likes to make music and she sings. She can play guitar, ukulele, piano, and flute. She wants to make an album soon on Soundcloud. Kahlia is vegan and she likes to watch Netflix. We talked about colors and how it makes us feel. Kahlia said that pastel colors make her feel in a good mood. Also, dark colors make her feel like herself. She likes to wear black. I said that dark colors make me feel down or upset and bright/pastel colors make me feel happy and peaceful.  

Here are two pictures from the art galleries. 


Wk5 – Classmate conversation – Shannelle Cruz 

This past Thursday I met one of my classmates named Shannelle Cruz. Her major is Health Care Administration. It is also her last semester at CSULB. Her hobbies are Tahitian dance, going to the gym, hiking, watching movies, and likes to try new food places. She was born and raised in Long Beach like myself. Shannelle is currently interning at a care giving agency. She is gaining experience with HR and wants to work in a hospital setting. Also, wants to gain more experience working in a hospital. 

When we talked about the classmate question of the week we talked about family, culture and friends. Shannelle said that her family is what keeps her grounded. Also her Filipino culture. She talked about her parents being divorced when she was little. I can relate to her because my parents split up about 3 years ago. She appreciates her grandparents because they took care of her along with her Mom and Stepdad. 

When I thought about “What do you swim in?”, the first thing that came to mind is my parents. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and for having me in California instead of Honduras or El Salvador. I think in my culture family is always first and I have so much support from them. As I get older I want to spend as much time with them because anything can happen at any moment. Another thing is my Salvadorean and Hondurean culture. It is what makes me who I am and I love being bilingual. Hearing my parents speak Spanish on a daily basis and when they talk about what they went through back in their countries. How they got here and made a better life is fascinating to me and it pushes me to be like them.

I think Shannelle and I shared many similar ideas. We also have some things in common like being born and raised in Long Beach and it is our last semester at CSULB. She was friendly and we had a good conversation overall. 🙂 

Here are some pictures of the Gatov-East Gallery, where Shannelle and I had our conversation.   

This painting is by Sery Kwon and Coleton Kargi Palmer. 

This painting is by Jarand Abad and Peter MaCaulay.