Hannah Adams holding her zine "Dinosaurs & Daily Life"

Wk 7 Fancy Classmate Convo’s!



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 6 are now up on BeachBored. Be sure to check your points and know where you stand! So far we’ve had 321 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 = 289 points – 56 / 47
B = 257 points – 5 / 4
C = 225 points – 2 / 5
D = 193 points – 0 / 0
F = 192 points – 2 / 6

  • 1p GPA = 3.74
  • 2:30 GPA = 3.39


Top 5 @1pm:

  1. Stephanie Arciva, 394
  2. Hannah Adams, 392
  3. Maritess Anne Inieto, 376
  4. Joy Elizabeth Uba, 366
  5. Carlos Villicana, 362

Top 5 @2:30:

  1. Nathan Davalos, 444
  2. Lydia Chang, 441
  3. Jamie Van, 396
  4. Yesenia Hernandez, 395
  5. Adriana Maciel, 373

Your Websites

You’ve all managed to use your sites to post your weekly activities – awesome!

And a few of you have really started to add elements or design or organization to make your site really useful to you. As I’ve said before, “turning in your homework” is only the secondary use for these sites. I honestly hope you’ll use them long after Art110 is over. A career ePortfolio, or site for your band, small business, health & lifestyle blog, etc, etc, can really boost your connections. Whether you want to impress that HR director, lure in new clients, or express your growing expertise in an area, you site can be a powerful ally.

Here’s a few examples of sites that are developing nicely:

screen cap of Amy Becerra's website home page featuring an "About Me" box in the sidebar with a Snapchat selfie and bio text

Amy Becerra

Check out the great “About Me” sidebar widget on Amy Becerra‘s website! It’s often hard to even know where you are or who the author is with some sites. I love that Amy put her pix & mini-bio right on the home page, boldly claiming her website as her own. Over time this content can change as she’s looking for a Robotics gig, showing off her Rock Journalism, or talking about Cats.

screen cap of Emily Tomasello's home page using the WordPress.com "Dyad" theme

Emily Tomasello

And check out how great Emily Tomasello‘s site is looking with the Dyad Theme!

Check out Amy & Emily’s sites and think about making your site more yours!

photo of the Downtown Santa Ana 1st Saturday Artwalk

Nathan Davalos

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk

Check out Nathan Davalos‘ cool post ‘n pix from October’s 1st Saturday of the month Artwalk in Downtown Santa Ana!

Photo overlooking The Brewery campus

The Brewery / Downtown LA

EC: Brewery Art Walk

22-23 October, 11am – 6pm

Speaking of Artwalks, a big one is coming up. The Brewery is a former Pabst Blue Ribbon beer brewery that’s been converted into a giant artist live-work loft space. Hundreds of artists have spaces there and about 150 or so will open their studios for the artwalk weekend.

Extra Credit:

  • Visit studios
  • Chat with artists
  • Take selfie w artist
  • Write a thoughtful paragraph about their work
  • Blog it
  • 5 points EC / artist
  • Up to 10 artists, so up to 50 points EC

What Week is this anyway?

A surprising number of you are using the wrong Week #’s on your posts. I haven’t started taking points off for this, or not giving credit, but please get the week right.

This week, right now, Monday 3 Oct – Sunday 9 Oct, is Week Seven! Please use the correct Week number in your posts! TY! 😀

Wk 7 – This Week!

  • Art Talk Discussionat the bottom of this post
  • Activitynone this week
  • Artist Conversation@SOA Galleries
  • Classmate Conversation@SOA GalleriesDifferent format this week! See below!

CSULB Art 110 Students taking a selfie

Classmate Conversation Wk 7

We’re mixing up the way we do the Classmate Conversation a bit this week! I’m going to ask you to do two Classmate Conversations this week, but you only have to turn them in at the galleriesno Classmate Conversation blog post required this week!

Classmate Conversation #1
As usual, find any classmate you haven’t met yet. Have a conversation about life & stuff. Try to learn something real about them. Ask each other the 1st Question OTW from Lourdes:

What do you struggle with the most and why? Evaluating or analyzing art? Interpreting it? Or relating to it?

You might look at some of the art at the galleries together. You could optionally do an artist interview together. Finally, draw your ID cards together – make them connect horizontally or vertically as 1 big drawing. When you’re ready, find me in the gallery coutyard, turn in your cards together and tell me something interesting about your partner.

Classmate Conversation #2
After you and your partner give me your ID cards, then together find another pair you don’t know (or don’t know at least 1 of) to make a new group of 4. Introduce each other to the new peeps. So if the 1st group is Justin & Lourdes, and they meetup with Savannah & Jonathan, then Justin will tell Savannah & Jonathan about Lourdes, and Lourdes will tell them about Justin, and so on. You can look at some art as a group, or do an artist conversation as a group, and ask the group the 2nd Question OTW from Justin:

Calligraphy is an underappreciated form of art today. The artistic writing declined ever since the printing press was invented. Do you still think Calligraphy is significant in today? If so, where or how could you apply Calligraphy in the modern printing world?

Finally, draw another group ID Card together! A 2×2 grid to make 1 big picture. Or 4 cards across or 4 cards vertically, whatever you like. When you’re ready, find me in the gallery coutyard, turn in your cards together and tell me something interesting about your group.

Yes, each person will be drawing & turning in a total of 2 ID cards this week. (Unless your name is “Hannah” or “Lydia” in which case, of course, you’ll still have to do your normal card for a total of 3! #priceOfFame )

And then you’re done! Video OTW Discussion & Artist Conversation blog as usual, but no Classmate Conversation blog post required!

Make sense?

Shout if you have questions!

Want to write next week’s Classmate Question OTW? Do it here: Classmate Question OTW

CSULB Art 110 Students taking a selfie

Zines & Flip Books

Lots of nice work last week with your Zines & Flip Books! Here are a few samples:

photo of a zine page as described in the text

Adriana Maciel

I drew some roses on the cover and on some of the pages and they were pretty but then I had flashbacks to biochemistry and that we learned about the mechanisms of photosynthesis and decided to include that in my zine too because it relates to flowers. For my major, we really don’t focus on plants in general (and I always disliked learning about plants too) but I randomly remembered the pathway from which plants convert sunlight into ATP, which is used for energy and powering subsequent pathways.

Adriana Maciel

photo of a zine page as described in the text above

Adriana Maciel

Claudia Sanchez holding a small zine she made called "Established '88"

Claudia Sanchez

I titled my Zine “Established 88” which is my birth year. Then I had a recipe to make Piña coladas. Followed by a colorful array of checkered boxes, a sketch of a city view, a page of math equations, the alphabet falling from the top to bottom, a love quote, an insert of my jury duty summons and finally a note that read “No ponies were harmed in the making of this product” on a my little pony backdrop.

Claudia Sanchez

photo of Emily Tomasello's "Studio 54" zine, as described in the text below

Emily Tomasello

I am a fashion student. I have just been so fascinated and mesmerized by the glitz, glamour, intensity and fashion that surrounded Studio 54. This week, I decided I would dedicate my zine to Studio 54 and use it as an inspiration book.

Studio 54 was the most legendary nightclub of the disco-era. In the late seventies, Studio 54 was probably the coolest place on Earth. It was started by socialites and entrepreneurs, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, and was located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan. Regular visitors included Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Calvin Klein, Truman Capote, Cher, John Travolta, Tina Turner, Elton John and Salvador Dali, to name but a few.

I had already made a board on Pinterest of some of my favorite Studio 54 pictures, so I had a pretty good idea of where to start. Once I chose my pictures and found some cool graphics, I printed them out and wrote down some quotes from articles, as well as phrases or facts that I thought were interesting or related to the picture they were next to. I hole-punched my papers and decided that I didn’t want to use plain old thread or yarn to tie my zine together. I had some old headphones that stopped working, and I figured that would be a pretty unique way to tie this up. Studio 54 is synonymous with disco, so I wanted people to see the headphones, travel back to 1977 and imagine they’re listening to some Donna Summer or Bee Gees tunes.

Overall I had a really cool time making this zine. I enjoyed it because I felt like I could really show what inspired me. If I were to do this project again however, I think I would type the words and print them out rather than write them myself because I hate my handwriting. I would also try to find a better way to secure the headphones because they were kind of loose even after I knotted them in the back of the zine.

Emily Tomasello

photo of a "Studio 54" zine by Emily Tomasello, as described in the text above

Emily Tomasello

original anime character illustration by Lydia Chang

Lydia Chang

I thought, “let’s just draw old OC (original characters) and see how that goes.” So, I opened up sticky notes on my computer and made a list of all the ones I wanted to draw.

This child is Ryuhan Jang. I think I made this child last year(?) when I was trying to draw fanart but it turned out bad and turned into him. LOL (omg he was an accidental baby) Brian chose purple to be the background, so I painted that and double traced the boy with a 08 Sakura Pigma graphic pen (I got a pack as a Christmas present & it’s saved my life so many times).

Lydia Chang

original anime character illustration by Lydia Chang

Lydia Chang

zine featuring illustrations of food with angry faces on them

Nathan Davalos

The idea of “hAngry” came to mind because I was getting frustrated when my girlfriend and I could not pick somewhere where to eat. All the foods that I illustrated in my zine were foods that we discussed when trying to make a choice. We ended up going to El Pollo Loco (so I guess you can say that we settled with tacos.) My favorite part of the whole process was drawing all the foods and adding angry faces. I have always enjoyed drawing and especially drawing cartoons.

Nathan Davalos

zine with pencil illustration of a figure working out equations on a white board

Raul Silva

In high school I enjoyed drawing cartoon characters on the white board of my classes, most portraying a message or joke. I would spend a lot of time on some because I wanted them to look a very specific way, however for this zine I wanted it to be more spontaneous and more story driven instead of focusing on the art itself. I marvel at the entrepreneurs and leaders that can make things happen. Working day and night and never stopping to make our lives better. Being successful can have many meanings and varies from person to person. This zine represents the way that I view success, having the passion to work hard and reach a position of leadership and wealth by making other peoples lives better, striving to make yourself better than yesterday and having a positive impact in your community.

Raul Silva

zine with pencil illustration of people riding different types of bicycles

Raul Silva

small zine with the title "To the jack asses at work"

Stephanie Valdivia

This zine was meant to be a sort of open letter to some of my coworkers. As I am learning more from wonderful, insightful, cultural classes, I am becoming more aware. I’m becoming aware of all the comments and demeaning behavior of others. I’m too aware and it’s impossible to unsee. I hear hundreds of microaggressions everyday from my coworkers towards me because I’m a girl. I see the way the men gather and gawk as a pretty girl walks into the store. I hear the way someone spits hate towards Black people because someone who was Black didn’t tip him once.

Jane Weibel’s exhibition last week actually gave me the sort of idea on what to make this zine about! I was really close to one of my coworkers and I saw him as a best friend even. It was only then after his fifth fucked up thing that I realized I was friends with someone who rejected all of my identities. He told me how he didn’t think gay couples should be able to adopt kids because they could force their “gay ways,” whatever that fucking means, how anyone who does drugs is stupid, a girl is at fault if she’s raped, and countless other ridiculous things. I’ve had enough and this zine was a way for me to release. I can only have so much patience at work.

Stephanie Valdivia

zine illustration of a silhouette figure complaining about "music today"

Stephanie Valdivia

watercolor zine illustration with the text "people are born"

Amy Song

For my zine I decided to illustrate a story I had read about why dogs do not live as long. The story is about a family dog who had to be put down and the 4 year old child in the family explaining why dogs don’t live as long. The child said people are born so that they can learn how to live a good life but dogs already know how to do that so they don’t live as long.

Amy Song

animated gif of a pacman game moment as drawn for a flip book

Andy Bui

To me, this idea was a great balance because the characters are not difficult to draw and it is interesting because a lot of us grew up playing Pac-Man, so it brings back some good memories. Originally I wanted to draw a track and field runner doing a long jump into a sand pit, which I used to do in high school, but I wasn’t able to achieve the action of running too well yet. I would definitely do this again with something possibly a little more interesting and challenging.

Andy Bui

spread of a hand drawn zine by Cindy Le

Cindy Le

“What does it mean to be human?” was a question that popped up in a fictional story I read a while back. It was a typical fantasy novel that looks at the relationships between those we considered monsters and those we consider to be human. I used this question to refer to reoccurring sentences that were said to me when I was growing from a small kid to the young adult I am today. The seventh picture was supposed to be a solitary picture of how I saw myself. But then I soon added a door. I wasn’t satisfied by how plain it looked, so I erased that door to draw an open door instead. Now the open door has people peeking from inside the door. The drawing progressed to symbolize the concept of a person having the power to pick whatever path they chose to follow, and where each door holds some kind of idea behind them. The door I picked would symbolize change, a change within myself because of the support I have from my friends today. The last two pages don’t have a message, but they were also things that related to me, ideas that made me who I am today.

Cindy Le

Hannah Adams holding her zine "Dinosaurs & Daily Life"

Hannah Adams

As soon as I heard there was an option to make zines I came up with many ideas. I thought of comics, and Halloween themes, and so many others. Eventually I settled on dinosaurs. I have been in love with dinosaurs my whole life. My mother always groaned when my birthday would come around, because I would inevitably ask for a dinosaur themed party, which she always gave me for 12 long years. I like to include a little humor in my works, so for my book, I made scenes as if dinosaurs had never gone extinct, and as if they lived their lives like any ordinary citizen. It was a really fun project. What I love about zines is how easy they are to make. But they have room for so much creativity. They don’t have to have words, just pictures. And they can still be a complete work. I will certainly enjoy working with zines in the future.

Hannah Adams

zine illustration of a flying dinosaur working for a package delivery service

Hannah Adams

flipbook animation of a man walking

Janis Vernier

I decided to draw a flipbook with little walking-cycle. The last years I did a lot of computer-generated animations, and it was really nice to do some hand-drawn frame by frame animation again. It always feels like magic when static drawings suddenly come to life.

Janis Vernier

This week’s art activity was to create a flip book. It had been a long time since I had even attempted to make one of these but in creating this one it really made me happy. It has the same sort of sense of a movie but with a lot less preparation, people, and budget. You can make your own movie fairly quickly and easily using the flip book method.

I think the most difficult thing was coming up with the story. Because I had sewn together my flip book in class, I had already set the number of pages I could work with, without having the story I wanted to draw out. This make more a bit of a challenge to make a story fit in the space but with enough thought, I was able to come up with one. Although this was the most difficult part for me, it was also the most fun. This type of art is simple but because of this simplicity it allows itself to be accessible to many.

Marcelo Ceballos

The process of creating my flip book consisted of paper from my sketch book. Before starting on my flip book, I did a handful of sketches that I wanted to incorporate in my flip book. Overall, I had a lot of fun creating my flip book. This activity taught me that you don’t need to know how to draw in order to create something.

Melissa Rios

cover of Monique Alcala's zine "Hoe Confidential"

Monique Alcala

I wanted my zine to represent myself and things I believe in so I went with a feminist themed zine. Starting with the title I wanted to name it something funny and clever so I went with “Hoe Confidential.” Recently my friends and I have been discussing slut shaming and talking about how much we hate seeing women putting each other down or judging based on their sex lives so we try to encourage other women to use the word “hoe” as a term of endearment.

Monique Alcala

zine illustration of a cell phone with the text "your next heartbreak is calling"

Monique Alcala

I decided to draw a flower sprouting from the ground in beautiful sunlight and slowly withering away as the sun goes away. I decided to draw this because it really portrays the importance of just taking a breather in your life and taking the time to relax and enjoy the nature that’s available to us. As students and working individuals our daily lives are always so hectic and full with environmental stress. We don’t often get a chance to just sit down and enjoy our surroundings. Before we know it the beauty that grew is no longer there to be looked at.

Tina Tran

Art Talk OTW

  1. 3 Million Years of Art History
  2. Joseph DeLappe
  3. Mahsa Soroudi
  4. The Mind in the Cave
  5. Graffiti Writing: Bomb It
  6. Classical Greece & Rome
  7. Renaissance & Baroque

We’re leapfrogging over The Middle Ages this week, and heading straight to Renaissance & Baroque. Just in case you want to think about The Middle Ages, the video is here, otherwise, on to the huge cultural rebirth of The Renaissance!

BTW: 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: