Hannah Adams marker illustration of her social network. Images uses a octopus with her image at the octopus head and the tentacles fan out and sometimes cross to show friends and their connections

Wk 11 – Home Stretch!


California State University Long Beach, College of the Arts, School of Art, Art110, Introduction to the visual arts, students creating a "Fiber Art Social Network" by adding their photos to the walls of FO4-267 (faculty office building #4, room 267) and connecting them with lines of yarn

Fiber Art Social Network


Need Help?

  1. Ask online
  2. Come to before class OH on Wed 11:30-12:30 @Robek’s / Coffee Bean umbrella tables
  3. I can go to AS-120 (AS building is next to The Beach Hut, next to The Library) after class on Wed, at 3:45 and help anyone with anything.
  4. Make an appointment to meetup another time

Points on BeachBored

All points through Week 10 are now up on BeachBored. Be sure to check your points and know where you stand! So far we’ve had 535 points possible. Here’s how many points you should have to be on track for each grade level, and how many peeps in 1p / 2:30 are currently at each grade level:

A = 481 points – 56 / 44
B = 428 points – 4 / 7
C = 374 points – 2 / 4
D = 321 points – 1 / 0
F = 320 points – 2 / 7

  • 1p GPA = 3.71
  • 2:30 GPA = 3.31


Top 5 @1pm:

  1. Hannah Adams, 634
  2. Stephanie Arciva, 609
  3. Maritess Anne Inieto, 592
  4. Joy Elizabeth Uba, 581
  5. Selena Lara, 573

Top 5 @2:30:

  1. Nathan Davalos, 679
  2. Lydia Chang, 652
  3. Yesenia Hernandez, 614
  4. Jamie Van, 609
  5. Adriana Maciel, 607

Wk 11 – This Week!

  • Art Talk Discussionat the bottom of this post
  • ActivityNone this week
  • Artist Conversation@SOA Galleries
  • Classmate Conversation@SOA Galleries

Classmate Question OTW

Recently a young artist drew singer Demi Lovato as a mermaid. This young artist is a self taught drawer who often draws his favorite artist as mythological creatures. Often times this is called fan art, now fan art is known to often times be unrealistic and not entirely accurate. Upon posting his art, it was reposted numerous times and caught the attention of the artist from another page, not his own. Miss Demi Lovato did not react exactly as he had hoped. What is you opinion on fan art? Do you think that the singer reacted in a justified manner or not (In other words, Do you agree with her conclusion or opinion?) . For more on this story here’s the link: Demi Lovato criticizes fan’s unrealistic drawing of her breasts, prompting a social media user to fire back at the ‘ungrateful’ star with a ‘body shaming’ version of the illustration

Samantha Gomez

Write next week’s Classmate Question OTW here: Classmate Question OTW

animated gif of Donald Trump doing a press interview from Janis Vernier's new online game "Make Trump Great Again"

Janis Vernier

Janis’ New Game!

Janis just created a game, Make Trump Great Again. You get to be Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager and help him answer interview questions.

Want to give Twine a try? For some EC? Make something this week and do a blog post with it by Sunday for up to 25 points of EC. Or if you really get elaborate, even more.

Janis and I will be in my office, FO4-267, from 1:00 – 1:30 to help anyone who wants to get a little help (it’s pretty easy! 😀 ) At 1:30 I’ll go down to the galleries. To turn in your ID Card you can either drop by the office, or see me at the Galleries after 1:30. If a lot of peeps are interested, we can meetup in the classroom, FA4-311, but I assume it won’t be many. BTW, FO4 is the 2-story bungalow behind FA4.

I’ll go up to the office again from 2:30 – 3:00 for more help with Twine (not sure if Janis is available then). Same deal for 2:30 ID Cards, you can swing by the office or see me at the galleries after 3:00.

Fiber Art Social Network

I posted pix from last Wednesday on Flickr

Many of you commented on the big difference between the number of “friends” you have on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc, and the often much smaller number of “real” friends you have. Some of you used this to critique social media. Some of you wondered if you should have more friends.

One important thing that we the users need to understand is that “friend” is not an accurate term to describe contacts on these platforms. Rather it is a good marketing term. A word like “contacts” is probably more accurate, but “friends” probably makes the platform seem more engaging or fun. Some of you commented that you cared about the number of “friends” you had when you were younger, but it seems not so meaningful now.

I was a little surprised that many of you didn’t seem much functional value in your Weak Ties. It might be that they’re more useful after graduation. I do think these weak tie networks whether online or F2F will prove valuable over time. I know people I only see once a year at a conference. They’re great peeps that I wouldn’t mind seeing more, but as life goes on that’s never happened. Still it’s fun to see them once a year and they do sometimes bring in completely new connections for me.

Photo of Emily Tomasello as a node on a physical Social Network Graph showing her image and with strings of yarn reaching out to other CSULB Art110 classmates in her class-network

Emily Tomasello

I used to think that the more Facebook “friends” you had, the cooler you were. However, I’ve learned that that number literally does not matter at all. The word “friends” is used a little loosely, in my opinion. I think to have 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 Facebook “friends” means you simply have a lot of connections. You are connected to them in some form or another. These Facebook “friends” could actually be people you are close to OR they could be complete strangers that sent you a friend request and you decided to accept for some reason! Who knows? For me, I think they are people I have met over time and either still keep in contact with or have lost touch with. But overall, I think it should be called more of a Facebook “connection” than a “friend”.

Emily Tomasello

"nodes" of a paper "social Network" mapped on a large wall. Nodes or images of Shalane Holm & Lydia Chang are shown in close up with yarn "strings" connecting them to various CSULB Art110 classmates

Shalane Holm / Lydia Chang

As anti-social as I am, seeing people with a lot of strings (7-10+) made me feel pretty sad and almost jealous. But, there isn’t much I can do about that now. (just kidding, I know I should probably go and meet people).

Lydia Chang

hand drawing of Nathan Davalos personal social network

Nathan Davalos

Since the only social media app that I have is Snapchat, I’ll have to use how many views I get on my story as an example. I average anywhere from 65-80 views on my story, which include all of my close friends, about 20 family members and the rest are past friends and people that asked for my Snapchat rather than ask for my phone number. Those “randoms” I have either never spoken to on Snapchat and only when we see each other out on the streets or I have received a response to something that I posted onto my story. I have never had any new opportunities that were brought to me by these random people that see my Snapchat stories daily.

Nathan Davalos

hand drawing of a social network at work

Stephanie Valdivia

I thought it was really interesting how we could see all the relationships connected in different ways. My personal number would be 1,000. I love forming important relationships with people and getting to know different people… I do have more “friends” on other sites such as Twitter and Instagram. With social media sites now a days, you can be friends with pretty much anyone and it won’t be questioned. Social media sites allow for communication without face to face interaction, sometimes being convenient. These “weak ties” have brought me new resources. I have found out about events and even cheap concert tickets. This activity was fun because it brought to life the relationships I had with different people. It was something new for me. In my drawing of my social network, I did it about my coworkers. The black ink means significant relationships. The black broken lines mean broken significant relationships. The pencil line means weak ties/casual relationship.

Stephanie Valdivia

hand drawing of Yesenia Hernandez' personal social network

Yesenia Hernandez

The amount of “Friends” you have on social media is not important to me. It used to be when I first joined and when I was younger. The more friends I had the cooler and better I thought I was, but now I do not care. I stopped looking at the numbers and the likes. I do not care for social media interaction, I do not even use it really. Even if I did use it more often, I would only interact with a handful of people.

Making my network of friends put into perspective the people I care most about and the relationships we have. Who I consider my family? Who my friends are? Overall who I even care for.

Yesenia Hernandez

Hannah Adams marker illustration of her social network. Images uses a octopus with her image at the octopus head and the tentacles fan out and sometimes cross to show friends and their connections

Hannah Adams

Fun project this week both in class and at home. I got to put up my little node on the wall early on in the creation of the web. I went downstairs for a bit to interview an artist for my artist conversation. It was interesting to come back and see the progression of the project, and the huge number of strings that connected me to so many other people in the class.

It was fun to see the connections as physical strings

I think these weak ties will be important when I get out more into the world.

Hannah Adams

marker drawing on paper of a person's social network

Patricia Arienne Avendano

While I have 691 Facebook friends and 463 Instagram followers, realistically, there are only 2 or 3 people that I have a close, intimate relationship with.

Patricia Arienne Avendano

students in CSULB FO4-267 (Faculty Office Building No 4, Room 267) working on a Fiber Art Social Network graph on the walls of the office

Rei Cayabyab

When we were all inside the faculty office it felt nice to finally be able to see my actual classmates not just a stranger that I see interviewing someone for an artist conversation. For some reason, despite how crowded it was, I felt delighted to be a part of the activity because we were all communicating and helping each other out. I was able to share a laugh with different individuals that I did not know were in our class.

Rei Cayabyab

hand drawing of a personal social network, marker on paper

Rei Cayabyab

Art Talk OTW

  1. 3 Million Years of Art History
  2. Joseph DeLappe
  3. Mahsa Soroudi
  4. The Mind in the Cave
  5. documentary: Bomb It
  6. Classical Greece & Rome
  7. Renaissance & Baroque
  8. 19th Century
  9. Aesthetics & Beauty and Realism & Romanticism
  10. 20th Century
  11. documentary: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week is one of our longer videos. I hope you’ll find it an engaging film. Meetup with a friend or classmate, pop some popcorn, serve your favorite drinks, and enjoy the film!

Since it’s election week in America I thought we’d watch The Internet’s Own Boy, a documentary about Aaron Swartz, how the Obama Administration has treated Internet activists, and what we want from culture, communications, and media in the 21st century.

You can watch the embedded version above. There is also a higher rez version at The Internet Archive

Interactive Art History Timeline

If you want to play with the Art History Timeline that you see me using in these talks, you can get your very own copy & the Freemind software to view, modify, or make your own, here: