This week I interviewed classmate Oscar Gordillo who is a sophomore at CSULB and is majoring in mechanical engineering. So far, he really likes CSULB, but the only downfall is that he has to take the bus to school 4 days a week. Oscar lives in Hawthorne, which is an hour and a half bus ride, but he did admit that “It’s enough time to read“, as he showed me “Catching Fire”. He is also in a fraternity at CSULB so he always has something to do. He also informed me that he likes how diverse the student body is here compared to his high school back home. He enjoys watching all the different students interact and share culture and not being able to predict the outcome like before. Oscar took this art class for a GE, but has found the projects to be extremely fun. His favorite art projects have been project 11 and 12 because he had complete control. He also really liked the plaster casting as well. After Oscar graduates he plants on going into the petroleum industry for a few years to start building a good income. He’d like to have a stable job so he can support himself and his mom. The petroleum industry would take him to either Texas or somewhere North so he isn’t too sure about where he would go once he leaves that job. However, one day Oscar would want to move back to Hawthorne or Long Beach work for Space X or a similar company. He hopes he can keep machines in his own garage one day to work on his own projects and have one of those companies pay for grad school (I also share this dream). He just wants to make sure that he has a good job one day that has complete insurance coverage (ME TOO). He is currently working at his old high school tutoring in math, chemistry, and physics. He told me it’s the easiest job he’s had and he makes $10 an hour! His favorite food is anything, but seafood and his favorite animal is the wolf. Check out what Oscar does with his engineering degree on his website!
This week for our activity we were allowed to repeat any of the previous 11 activities we’ve done over the semester. I decided to do another video blog because I had never made one before this class and wanted to work on my presence in front of the computer screen a bit more. I decided to talk about the last few months and do some reflecting because reflection is something I believe is important and something I don’t do often enough. So, here’s a quick recap of what this semester and art 110 has been like for me thus far.
This week I interviewed Brenda, a senior majoring in 3D media with a specialty in wood. She worked in the gallery with 5 other people collaborating on making the bench seen above. This was Brenda’s first time collaborating with people on an art project and she really liked it. “I liked all the ideas that everyone came up with and working with everyone to find out what ideas would actually work and which ones wouldn’t”, she explained since she is new to working with wood. Each person had a different part of the bench that they were responsible for and once the project was complete, a beautiful bench had been made. Her favorite part of this project was designing it and actually getting the work done to get see everything come together. She is 23 and used to paint a lot before college got too busy. Her favorite medium besides wood, is wash. Outside of school, Brenda likes to work on refurbished furniture. She’s in school to learn more skills to take with her in the future. She hopes to design and make her own furniture to sell one day! Brenda told me that she is inspired by her dad because he taught her everything she knows about tools. She informed me that now she is the one in the house that does all the fixing up and he doesn’t anymore, but he used to do a lot of at home carpentry. Her favorite color is teal and purple. Brenda’s favorite movie is “Amile”, a French film about an extremely shy girl who is home schooled and finally gets the courage to go out and explore the world (sounds like a great movie). Brenda is from Santa Ana and her favorite food is Chinese food! Unfortunately Brenda doesn’t have a website for her pieces, but I hope to see her furniture someday!
This week I interviewed Nathalie Armenta who is a senior and graduating this semester! She is a cultural anthropology major and wants to study different cultures on different continents. She hopes to focus and write about 2 different cultures and compare them to see how similar and different they are. She admitted to me that she is a little nervous about graduating because she doesn’t know what will happen next. “It’s the fear of the unknown”, she said to me and I definitely understand how scary that can be. Nathalie has 1 brother and 1 sister and explained how being the oldest sibling puts a lot of pressure on that child because she is constantly worried about being a good role model and doing everything right. She took this class as a GE requirement for fine arts and thinks it’s interesting, especially the weekly activities. Her favorite activity so far has been the plaster casting. Nathalie likes gardening and working with her hands to create things so she had a lot of fun with the casting. During her free time she likes to go out with friends, do word search puzzles, and watch movies. Her favorite food is enchiladas and her favorite color is teal. Nathalie’s favorite animal is any type of owl and her goal in life is to travel to different countries. Check out all of Natalie’s travels and culture comparisons on her website here!
This week, we were allowed to design our own art project. I decided to layer water color, add some Indian ink on top of the water color once it dried, drew whatever things I saw in the ink with a ballpoint pen, and then added more water color on top. It was relaxing and a nice way to give my mind a break from all the continuous brain work I’ve been doing lately at my internship and all my science classes. I was really happy we were able to do an art project of our own. It was nice to have control and just create whatever came to my mind at that moment.
This week in the art galleries, I interviewed Luis Macias, a senior graduating in May. He started making jewelry in 2012 and said the most challenging part was learning how to work with the material and trouble shooting. Luis explained to me how it can be difficult knowing what colors look good together and which ones don’t. “You have to experiment and see what works, which can be frustrating because of all the time and money you spend, but you’re spending money to learn a lesson you’ll remember” he said. He also informed me that he learns from his mistakes and that after awhile certain color combinations start to stick to memory. He explained that all his pieces are different so its hard for him to have a favorite, but his first space pendant (“space pendant#” see top left) was really challenging and oddly enough worked out the first time done so it was really exciting. He remembers loving art as a young child, but only recently started to work with jewelry and metal once he took Introduction to 3D Design at CSULB. He likes to sell all of the jewelrey he makes and also give it away as presents. He would eventually like to have his own business so he could make his own schedule and travel the world. His favorite food is macaroons, which he buys from Mother’s Market since he’s vegan. He let me try one and they were delicious! Luis’s favorite animal in the world would be the vampire squid, in fact he has an entire sleeve of deep sea creature tattoos! His “regular” favorite animals would be cats and dogs.
Today I interviewed my fellow classmate Donald Nguyen, a freshman who is a biology major. Coincidently, Donald is taking Physics 100A with the professor I plan on taking it with next year! He informed me that physics is hard, but that she is good at teaching. Donald wishes to continue on to Med school after he receives his BS in biology here at CSULB. He explained how he’ll possibly take a year off school, but doesn’t want to waste any time getting into anesthesiology and making some big bucks! He likes to eat, sleep, and play basketball in his free time. “Any chance I get I try to play basketball”, Donald explained. He is currently working at Ikea in Costa Mesa and said it’s a really “chill” job because it’s really easy, but he closes often so he’s tired quite often. His favorite food are many different kinds, but right now it’s Mexican. Donald lives somewhat near me so we both go to Alerto’s because they have great burritos and other Mexican food. His favorite color is navy blue and his favorite animal are dogs. He took this class because he needed more general ed units and didn’t want to take theater due to stage fright. He does like how easy going this class is and his favorite project so far has been when we went to LACMA. Donald also brought up a good point I definitely agree with: “There is more at stake in college than in high school so I like how independent that makes me feel and I feel like that my intelligence is at its peak, I feel good about myself”.
Check out Donald on his website!