Demi in Art 110


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Wk15 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

00123The last art activity for the semester was finger painting. In the art kit we were provided with three tiny pots of paint and a large poster paper. The colors I got were black, pink, and orange. I was really happy I got pink because it is my favorite color! I honestly did not know how to even begin finger painting so I just put most of the paint on a paper plate and then had another plate of water to clean off my fingers sometimes.00124I started with the black paint first because there was so much of it and for some reason the orange paint I had was a little dried up so I could not use much of it like I did with the black and pink. 0015As for the actual finger painting, I originally started just doing random strokes and swirls on the paper with the paint and eventually begin smearing it to make it less “heavy.” After a while I wanted to do simple drawings so I drew a sun with all the colors given to me, a pink bunny to represent D.Va from the game Overwatch, a heart, a circle, and then wrote my name to “sign” my work.  I also realized that the colors I had could make a sunset so I tried to blend the colors into each other but I think the black came out too harsh against the orange.00114I think this was a fun experience just because I never get to play or create with paint. Whenever I draw it’s usually on random notebook paper with a pencil or pen so being able to use paint and my fingers was different. I thought the experience of making something with no subject was easy. I did not feel restrained to try and imitate something that I’ve seen and was able to freely just paint what I felt.00113This finger painting is pretty different, yet similar from our graffiti writing activity because with the latter, we had to write our names with paint and with the former we are free to just draw. In fact, I think this may be the most art-like activity in this Art 110 class that I was expecting to do lol! It was still similar in the sense that we were just creating our own art though. I had fun with this activity and would be willing to do it again for fun!

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Wk14 – Art Experience – Instagram Day

On Wednesday, November 30th, both Art 110 classes participated in posting photos throughout the day on Instagram using the hashtag #art110f16. Up until I got to class at 1pm, I realized I had been using the wrong hashtag lol. I was using #art110OF16 and was confused as to why I only saw my posts and maybe two others. For this activity, I made a new Instagram so I would not spam my other account with things I would not regularly post. On my new account, “koisurudemi” (which is a reference to AKB48’s song Koisuru Fortune Cookie) I posted random things that I liked. I actually really liked posting random things even if they got no likes so I might keep this account and post pictures that are not relevant to my main account.

As I went through the hashtag, I had fun seeing what everyone else was posting. My personal favorite pictures were pet pictures and seeing what kind of drinks people got at Starbucks. I did feel a sense of community looking through all the pictures because for the most part, we were all on campus that day taking pictures of recognizable places or things and it was interesting seeing these photos from different perspectives. I thought this was a fun activity and I enjoyed seeing what my classmates do outside of class.

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Wk10 -Art Experience – Fiber Art Social Network

This week we created a wall of networks inside of Professor Zucman’s office. It was crowded and a bit hectic to move around the small room, but it was fun to casually talk with my classmates that were inside at the same time as me.

0014I placed my photo in the corner of the room. I did not have any black strings attached to anyone because I did not know anyone from before this class. I had a lot of red string because of the classmate conversations and one white one from sketching in the Japanese garden with Raylyn.

img_6178I made a chart similar to the one in the office in my sketchbook. I placed myself in the center of the page and listed names from my family, friends, significant other, etc. The blue is all my family relationships. Also with this, I drew lines for everyone’s relationship, not just myself with them which is why there are so many blue lines everywhere lol. The green lines indicate friendships, red for romantic relationships, and pink for acquaintances.

0015I apply the term “Social Network” to my real life and real life friends. I want to see what my friends are up to so that is why I use social network for them. I think that Dunbar’s Number does make sense. In the age of social media, it is getting harder and harder to truly make a connection with someone. For myself, I find it hard to keep up with multiple people so it makes sense to me that we can only have 150 meaningful relationships. To have over 1,000 Facebook friends mean that you only know them. You add each other simply because you know each other. If I had that many Facebook friends I would expect them all to be acquaintances and not much more. The Social Networks that I visualized for Art 110 and personally did not surprise me. I got what I expected and did not realize anything new. I would like to have about 10 close relationships in my life, aside from family. More than that would be too much to handle and it seems like being social would be tiring instead of fun. Not everyone on my social media are my real friends. I follow them and vice-versa mostly out of courtesy as long as I know who they are or have an idea. If it is a random account or fake profiles I just decline the request. I use these weak ties to promote things for myself. I recently promoted a fundraising event for my cheer team and also I recruit through my social platforms for clubs.


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Wk9 – Art Experience – Art Care Package

I made my art care package for my boyfriend! I thought he would be the funnest to make an art care package for so that is why I chose him. I thought of this as if we were in a long distance relationship (we live like five minutes away from each other lol) and I was sending him things to remind him of us and stuff I enjoyed. 0012Firstly, I wrote him a letter. I won’t share the contents, but I have not written a handwritten letter since high school. Then I chose to send him pictures of us in high school. One the far left is our photobooth strip from our prom and the other picture is us with our favorite math teacher on graduation day. She is our favorite because she helped us like math and we became close thanks to her lol. On the right are two of our many movie tickets that I have. We enjoy going to the movies for dates and he doesn’t want to keep the tickets so I have them all stored somewhere.

0011Next we have these Archie Comics! I grew up reading these and I would say they basically taught me how to read from a very young age. Over ten years later, I still read these practically everyday because my family has a bunch stacked in our bathroom haha! My boyfriend has read just a few of my comics so I think he would read more if he actually had some of his own.

0013The last two items I will send are these two CD’s from my favorite Japanese pop groups: Dream5 and Morning Musume. I own about five CD’s total so they are very precious to me. These are not my boyfriend’s taste at all, but it would definitely remind him of me so perhaps he would listen to them once in a while!

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I think sending an art care package is similar to a Snapchat because of how random the items I sent were. On Snapchat I often send really random things to my friends about the drink I am drinking, cute and ugly selfies, some funky clouds, etc. In general, I don’t think too much about what I am sending someone on Snapchat, I just want them to see something that I thought was interesting or funny. An art care package is different from Snapchat because of the physical aspect. These are all things that you can hold in your own hands and the contents of these items can vary. With Snapchat, you are often sending things that are in the current, but with this art care package, you can send things from yesterday or even five years ago. I think that there is so much more that goes into an art care package because it takes time to put one together and you want the the recipient to enjoy the contents so you spend time to find the perfect things to send. I think ephemera is precious and does gain value over time! I enjoy looking at old random things so if I happened to stumble upon my grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago, I would appreciate it. There is just so much memory in these kinds of things that makes them hard to let go of. I think I may become a hoarder in the future haha! If I gave my grandkids the bead bracelet I wore at Coachella, they might think of it as a cool, vintage fashion item. Trends from years ago repeat all the time and go through a cycle so I think my grandkids may like the bead bracelet I give them. I think there is a difference between the art seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the art care package you send to someone. Art seen by everyone has no personal connection. There might be the feeling of being able to relate, but I do not think that it is similar to sending an art care package to one person. An art care package is so much more intimate and personal which makes it different from public art. I think the time difference between sending a Snapchat and an art care package does mean something. Both can be random and have the person feeling surprised, but I think there is more surprise in the art care package. Fast can be better to get your message across faster, but slow can be better too to have the recipient feeling more surprised. I think an art care package contains a different kind of love than sending a Snapchat. There is a more genuine feel and the person will know that you are really thinking of them.

 


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Wk8 – Art Experience – Sketching in the Garden

This week we went to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at the school to sketch! At first I was a bit overwhelmed of what to draw because of all the leaves and bushes there were, but once I sat down in front of the zen garden and started drawing, it got easier.

img_5602These were my first two sketches. The leaves on my first sketch of the zen garden look very sparse compared to the actual scene, but it got tedious very fast lol. My favorite things about the first sketch are the rocks and the shape of the tree. The long hedge is hard to identify by the picture itself, but I think it’s decent. The little gate at the edge of the zen garden was fun to draw though!

img_5222img_5603The next thing I sketched was this pathway with an umbrella. I drew this because I really liked the shape of the umbrella. However, my umbrella is much more round and not as flat as the one in real life. I focused mostly on the umbrella so I did not draw much of the surrounding bushes except for the ones with some flowers on it.

img_5223img_5604The last things I sketched was the bridge and a scene to the left of the tree that is not pictured. The bridge was a bit hard to draw because there were so many people on it and I was looking at it from afar so I could not capture accurate details. The last picture is my favorite because I prefer drawing people. While drawing, I saw a girl sitting on a rock next to the lake in front of me so I decided to draw that image at the end. I did not take a picture of her because I didn’t want to be creepy lol.

img_5226I also drew a picture of this lion statue near the entrance, but it’s so bad that it’s embarrassing so I chose not to post it. I think this is a good place to draw randomly or get inspiration so I may come back eventually. This activity was pretty relaxing and it also happened to be my first time at the Japanese Garden so it was a fun new experience!


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Wk6 – Art Experience – Zines and Flip Books

This week we made zines or flip books! I chose to do a flip book because I would consider myself more of a drawer than a writer and even then I’m still very average lol. I originally drew a girl changing poses but it became too complicated to keep the drawing of the girl consistent so I changed ideas. I then chose to do a couple in a heart shaped air balloon going out of this world! An extremely outrageous date, but why not! 😀 They start from the grass on the ground and go all the way up out of the milky way. I know the setting shifts from daytime to nighttime suddenly but let’s just call it artistic license lol. The hardest part of making this was keeping the drawings consistent such as the heart balloon. I used the index cards we bought in our art kit and cut them in half to make the flip book. When I finished drawing, I stapled it in the top corner to bind it all together. In the end, it was hard to flip through it fast, but I thought it still came out nicely! If I changed anything, I would make the scenes more detailed and have the couple have actual expressions like real people haha.

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Wk5 – Art Experience – Graffiti Writing

The art activity for this week was to spray paint our names in bubble letters. I often try to do bubble letters to make a word pop, but it hardly turns out well. I think this is one of those instances where it isn’t really accurate bubble letters. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have the pink and copper cans since I am a fan of these colors! For this project, I only used the ultra skinny cap in level 1 due to my somewhat small surface areas.

img_4337This is my first attempt at this project. I used a piece of cardboard that fabric is wrapped around from Jo-Ann’s. Soon after I finished painting my name with the pink color, I realized everything was not going to fit properly and it would instead just look messy. I set off into my house looking for other pieces of cardboard to use and stumbled upon recycled wrapping paper. The paper was rolled up when I found it so I had to try and hold it down with objects around me such as the spray paint cans, a water bottle, and a random rope thing.

img_4345This time, I started with the copper color so the pink color would make it pop out especially since the copper was very close to the brown cardboard color. Even though I had a bigger surface to work on, I still crowded all the letters together for some reason.

After letting the copper color dry a bit, I started outlining my name with pink. Even with the level 1 cap, the paint came out thicker than I wished. After I finished outlining in pink, I went back with the copper and repainted the insides because I was very messy and sprayed in areas I was not supposed to within the letters lol. In this third picture above, my letter “m” became something else so this is also why I went in with the copper again.

img_4399In the middle of this project, the fumes of the spray paint cans really started to bother me so I found some of our disposable Daiso mask meant to block out dust, but it did a decent job here. On an unrelated note, if you are wondering about my attire and face paint, I had just finished volunteering at the 17th Annual Team Spirit Long Beach Breast & Ovarian Cancer 5K with my CSULB Club Cheer team! I really needed a nap at this point (it is about 1 P.M. here) since I had been awake since 5 A.M. but I wanted to finish this as soon as possible. When I finished with the copper again, I picked up the paper to take a picture with it, but realized I picked it up too quickly so it did not get to dry and so there are little spots where you can see the paint dripping. I put it back down and spent about thirty minutes doing something else while it dried.

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This is my finished product! I am satisfied with how it turned out. I think the copper color would have been much better against a different background color because it blends in so much here, but I worked with what I had lying around. I think this color combination would look absolutely stunning against a white background or anything not light brown lol. This was my very first time working with spray paint cans so I think it is easy to tell how amateur my work is. I doubt I even used up half of the cans so I am excited to find a future use for them! I would like to try using a bigger surface area to paint on next time so I don’t jumble the letters so close to each other. I also want to try a bigger surface area so I can try using the other spray paint caps since I was only able to use one of them here for each part. Overall, this picture was a little tough to do at first however, it became fun really fast!