Overall, I definitely loved this class and all the different types of art experiences we had to do! It was amazing learning about different styles of art. In the beginning I only saw art as painting or drawing. Art 110 made me learn that there is much more to art than just that.
I think slack is a great idea! I have to use slack in my major mainly for group projects, and this class also helped my learn how to navigate and communicate using this website. I loved how all the grades were posted on beachboard frequently as well. Maybe an advice for the future would be to choose only one way of communicating with you? I was unclear of what was the best method to talk with you if I had any questions. I recommend slack + WordPress over beachboard.
My first and primary 5-year plan that I hope to live out in the next few years if the life as a university professor. To begin with, I plan on applying to multiple opportunities to teach English abroad in Japan. Japan has been a country I have wanted to visit for quite some time, and I am well acquainted with its culture and traditions. I plan on applying to programs like the JET Programme, with also offer housing options with this as well. My hope is to be accepted so that I can teach abroad right after I get my degree in Computer Science. To continue my studies, I look to also create games for the phone. After a year, I look to apply to grad schools within Japan or back in the United States. I will then spend two years in grad school and finally apply to be a college professor.
If I ever do have the opportunity to be financially secure for the rest of my life, I plan to simply travel around the world (maybe with close friends or my boyfriend from time to time) and blog about it! It’s been my dream to live and experience different cultures, and if I ever had a lot of money I would definitely spend my life traveling. Maybe every few years or so I would also volunteer abroad as well. In this type of life, I wouldn’t need to spend a lot of money on an expensive car and house. Most likely I would simply rent an apartment since I would be moving all the time and probably wouldn’t even be home too.
Finally, if being a college professor falls through and I am also rejected to teaching in high school (my second option), I would then focus on getting a Computer Science job in either Japan or New Zealand. I still plan on teach abroad for one year, but instead of going to grad school I would focus my time on getting an entry-level job in big-name tech companies. Two of my dream companies would be Sony or Nintendo if I was to work in Japan. I would also settle for any small, private company as well. My mother insisted that I get a good job with life benefits, and many tech companies offer such as deal no matter how big the company is.
This week, for my last week in Art 110 I was lucky enough to come across Trevor Yarger! He was the first senior in CSULB that I came across, as previously I met with mostly freshman. It was definitely a nice change of pace, haha! Trevor is a 4th year double major in finance and supply chain. He is not really sure what to do with it, but when he graduates next year he would love to get a job as a start. What’s definitely amazing about him is that he was accepted to an internship at Boeing in two weeks! I know the company too because it is well-versed in the engineering department.
Trevor was born in California and grew up in Los Alamitos. He went to Los Alamitos High School, the school just down the street from CSULB, so he definitely knows the ins and outs of the city. Some hobbies that he loves to do during his free time are dirt biking and snowboarding! I am planning to go snowboarding with my friends this winter, so it’s amazing hearing a lot about how to snowboard. Basically, Trevor loves riding anything with a board, haha.
Last month, Trevor was lucky enough to travel to Spain; the best place he went to was Barcelona because of the nightlife. He also loved everything about Italy, especially Florence. We traded crazy stories about our Europe adventures. Overall, Trevor was a nice guy and definitely worth meeting!
This week’s art experience is definitely one of my favorite experiences throughout the whole semester. I’ve been to the Japanese Gardens here in CSULB once before, but this time felt like an all new experience to me. When I first arrived in the gardens, it was cool seeing a lot of people (our class essentially) just sitting down and drawing. To me, it definitely felt like a calm and peaceful environment to just pick a place and truly appreciate nature. Thankfully it wasn’t too hot, but I enjoyed myself following the steps to create these sketches.
I believe the hardest challenge was to not erase in all of my sketches. Normally, when drawing, I ALWAYS tend to use the eraser to fix my mistakes. This time, however, when I made a mistake it took a little more effort covering it up. Overall, I feel a lot of my time sketching and drawing was focused on a single area of the sketch rather than the whole environment I saw. This especially held true for contour drawing; my first attempt was absolutely horrible! It was hard for me to draw according to what my eyes saw while not looking at the paper. Many times the image simply did not work out because the dimensions were entirely wrong!
In the end, I had a great time drawing in the Japanese gardens. It was definitely a treat witnessing such a beautiful environment here on campus and was a nice change rather than simply having class at the room. Overall, I loved it!
This week I had to come to the 1pm session instead of my original session; unfortunately, I was a little late to class because it was at the gardens, and I took the full loop on the bus to get there! Thankfully, I was able to catch Roy and asked if he could be my classmate for the week, haha. He had already talked to someone, but he was willing to spare a few minutes with me! =]
After talked with him, Roy is a very cool guy. He is a first year at CSULB majoring in Political Science, or poli sci. His dream is to become a lawyer, which is amazing! I told him that I had a friend who went to high school who wanted to be a lawyer as well; basically, he described the journey to be very hard but worth it. He is a commuter from Carson, which isn’t too far. We both absolutely love playing basketball, and I even recommended that he join a KIN class or intramural next semester. We both plan hopefully seeing each other at the rec center soon!
Artist: Laura López
Media: Oil painting
About the Artist:
Laura López is working towards her Master’s in Fine Arts degree here in CSULB. Her home country is from Columbia; Laura loved jungles ever since she visited one a very years ago. She decided to pursue art when she realized she had the freedom to do and paint whatever she desired.
Laura utilizes oil paintings as well as large canvases to portray her artwork. Looking closely, some oil paints are more thick and concentrated than others. Her name for the exhibition, which means “wild,” is clearly evident in her works; much of her paintings contain a vast amount of bright and dark colors.Various patterns are also shown throughout al her pieces, combining at times pieces of nature to animals as well. Many are cleverly placed so that some may even look like they are disguised in the painting.
Laura’s paintings are mainly inspired from her love of jungles. She loves the various types of animals and nature that can thrive under jungles, something that definitely piqued her interest when trying to find a theme to paint. In addition, she sees it as an inspiration that she is able to associate plants and animals living coherently; from their similar patterns to their presence in the environment, Laura sees that both can make one large ecosystem that ties each other together.
Her use of bright and dark colors got my attention very easily when I entered her exhibition. I loved her choice and mix of colors, as they also kind of represented her view on how the jungle seemed in her eyes, which would be exotic and open. I personally loved how many of the lines would interweave and connect with other objects in the painting; for example, it was amazing how she was able to connect two animals, a jaguar and zebra, in one painting I saw. Overall, I loved many of her pieces and appreciated how large the canvas was.
This week I got to meet Anais, or Ana! She is a freshman studying biology; when she graduates, she wants to be a pediatrician! Ana has a half brother who is currently five years old. She lives in Downey and also attended Downey High School as well. It was cool that she was on the basketball as well as volleyball team in high school! Unfortunately, we did not play each other even though our schools do face off from time to time. She quit her sports team after her sophomore year in high school to focus on her studies.
Ana loves to hang out with her friends; normally, she likes to visit a lot of food places in LA! To be honest I don’t know if I would stand all the traffic going there, haha. She also likes watching shows on Netflix, some of them being Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Grey’s Anatomy. Generally, she loves shows that have a lot of drama in them. She also volunteers for t-ball. In the summer of 2016, Ana went to Europe! It was cool because we went to a lot of similar countries: she visited France and Spain. She loved the Eiffel Tower in France and loved EVERYTHING about Spain! It makes me want to visit there too! Overall, Ana is such a fun and exciting person to be around.