Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Thomas Cressman

My artist conversation for this week is Thomas Cressman. You can find him on Instagram, his username is Thom_cress6. He is a 5th year at CSULB. His art is made from metal and he makes jewelry. Cressman became interested in working with metals ever since he took a metals class in high school. 

His show is called “Living Forms” and the materials he used are copper, metal and brass. His artwork are interpretations of living organisms. He focuses on the organism’s structure, form and how it lives in its space. He is fascinated by the natural developments of clams and corals. Also how they function and exist in their environment. His favorite piece is the “Giant Blue Clam”.  

His creations start off as a flat sheet of copper and he makes a cut out. He uses fire to loosen the molecules in the metals. Then he hammers it to the shape that he wants. It takes him about a week or month to make his art. He also works with silver. 

Cressman’s art made think of sea creatures and the plants that live in the ocean. My favorite piece was the “Deteriorating Lights” and “Giant Blue Clam”. It reminded me of coral where sea animals could live in. The plant looking art piece that was on the wall made me think of the flowers and mushrooms from Alice in Wonderland. 

Here are some pictures of Cressman’s art. 

Giant Blue Clam


 Deteriorating Lights


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 – 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™‚ 


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



  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™‚ 




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.