sketch of the pond area at the CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden by Briana Garcia. Graphite on sketch pad. Draughting pencil.

Wk 9 – Sending an “Art Care Package”



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
students sketching by the side of the pond at the CSULB Japanese Garden

Maritess & Co sketching pondside at the CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

a very white Adidas athletic shoe with 3 black stripes against a pebbled sidewalk at the CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese garden

Everybody wants Raul’s cool Adidas!

Points on BeachBored

All points through Week 8 are now up on BeachBored. Be sure to check your points and know where you stand! So far we’ve had 423 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 = 381 points – 58 / 48
B = 338 points – 4 / 6
C = 295 points – 1 / 2
D = 252 points – 0 / 0
F = 251 points – 2 / 6

  • 1p GPA = 3.79
  • 2:30 GPA = 3.45


Top 5 @1pm:

Hannah Adams & Roxana sitting on a bench at the CSULB Japanese Garden and smiling at the camera

Hannah Adams & Roxana Chavez

We shared Choco Pockys as we compared answers to the questions of the week…

  1. Hannah Adams, 512
  2. Stephanie Arciva, 496
  3. Maritess Anne Inieto, 479
  4. Joy Elizabeth Uba, 468
  5. Carlos Villicana, 468

Top 5 @2:30:

  1. Lydia Chang, 558
  2. Nathan Davalos, 546
  3. Jamie Van, 498
  4. Yesenia Hernandez, 497
  5. Adriana Maciel, 475
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
  • Post by next Sunday night, Oct 23.

Wk 9 – This Week!

  • Art Talk Discussionat the bottom of this post
  • ActivityArt Care Packages
  • Artist Conversation@SOA Galleries
  • Classmate Conversationnone this week

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

Last Week – Sketching @Japanese Garden

pencil sketch of the CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese garden by Brian Sath

Brian Sath

This week the class went over to the Japanese Garden. It is actually my first time at the garden, even though I’m going into my third year here at CSULB. It is truly a beautiful garden compared to Cal Poly Pomona’s Japanese Garden. Besides that, the week had been really stressful for me with so many science mid terms. I really enjoyed being at the garden because it was so scenic and peaceful. I enjoyed just sitting by the pond and sketching on the rocks. If you look below, my first sketch was not that great. I figured out that the messier I draw it, the better it looks. I hope you agree from my second sketch! The contour drawing was interesting. At first, I wasn’t too sure as how to start or where I was supposed to look. Once Andy explained it to me, I was able to come up with something, however, it truly is unfortunate that I can’t draw well. I tried to combine my representations together so that it would look nice, and I tried my best, however, the rocks took me forever to complete. I struggled with the abstract because I think abstractly so I just sat there and didn’t know where to begin. Overall, I enjoyed this activity and would love doing more in the future.

Brian Sath

sketch of the pond area at the CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden by Briana Garcia. Graphite on sketch pad. Draughting pencil.

Briana Garcia

Sketching at the garden was actually pretty soothing. I sat with a few classmates but we weren’t really talking. All of us were so focused on our sketching so it was quite and relaxing. I used to draw a lot when I was younger so this activity brought me back to those days. I used to stare at something, anything and I would try to draw it. It was challenging though because when I draw, I like to incorporate detail and I like to mimic it exactly. This is what made sketching difficult. Sketching is more of a quick and easy thing. I took too much time trying to make my drawings look exact so I couldn’t resist erasing. This made it frustrating but sitting there in silence, looking at my view and drawing was pretty calming. Maybe I should do this more often…

Briana Garcia

drawing of a duck and a koi fish in the pond at the California State University, Long Beach, Japanese Garden

Chely Lozano

After class I went back to work and I showed my co-workers my art drawings. They made fun of them lol. (Of course they were joking with me lol). One that they found especially funny was of my duck sleeping. They said that it looked like a cell, then they said it looked like an amoeba, which it kind of did. The next day me and my co-workers went to the Japanese Garden during lunch to draw some more. I drew a koi fish and a duck. they came out okay looking lol. It was just fun going with my co-workers and being able to have fun and make fun of their drawings as well.

Chely Lozano

landscape sketches drawn at the CSU Long Beach Japanese Garden by Demi Kong

Demi Kong

These 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!

Demi Kong

sketches of birds on rocks at the CSU Long Beach Japanese Garden by Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams

I’ve always loved Japanese Gardens. They are always so peaceful, but yet so fun to explore. There is always a beautiful carving or a rock garden tucked away waiting for someone to discover it. There was so much to draw, it felt like an hour of sketching didn’t quite do it justice. I enjoyed doing the quick 30 second sketches because I felt it was a good way to discover what I most wanted to draw. I surprisingly enjoyed the contour drawing of the garden. I thought it would look like illegible scribbles, but it ended up looking like a really neat abstract picture of the water’s edge. My favorite was still the representational drawings, particularly the one of the branch. I think when people go to a garden to sketch, they can often assume that they should try to get the whole garden into the picture. As if it should always be about doing a landscape-type sketch that encompasses every aspect of the garden. But I find the greatest pleasure in finding something small. A single leaf, a crooked branch, or a stone statue tucked behind the foliage are all examples of tiny subjects that can be wonderful pieces of art. Sketching can be more (or in this case less) than an all-encompassing landscape. Sometimes for the best sketches, one must look to find the right subject.

Hannah Adams

pencil sketch of the pond and plants at the CSULB Japanese Garden

Rei Joseph Cayabyab

The leaves of the plants was probably the most challenging since it required so much detail. And if you notice, the plants that I drew were incomplete. As I was sketching, my friend Janis, began taking pictures of the ducks. Therefore, I began sketching him using the method that Professor Zucman taught us by beginning with a stick figure and just adding aspects that gave the stick figure more depth.

Rei Joseph Cayabyab

a series of short, "10-second", sketches of different elements in the CSULB Japanese garden: an umbrella, a duck, a fence, and so on

Belen Barragan

I went and I drew and I was thinking how fun and relaxing it was. I was so excited I sent a quick picture to my boyfriend of my quick sketches (which I was most proud of my little duck). I went on to do a longer sketch of the fish and one of the ducks since I had liked how my quick sketch came out… I really liked the tip of not using the eraser when sketching. I think that the extra lines give the drawing a very textured look. It was my first time going to the Japanese Garden in my 3 years at CSULB so it was nice to see something beautiful that my school has to offer.

Belen Barragan

quick sketch of a woman in a puma hat

Darryl Nguyen

This picture is my favorite. I was drawing my friend who was to the right of me and I thought it looked nice. She thought it looked nice and even took a picture of it to save. I felt good having been complimented for my art.

Darryl Nguyen

a page of small sketches of elements in the CSULB Japanese Garden by Emily Tomasello

Emily Tomasello

I think it’s pretty cool that we are able to escape from all the craziness that is college and head down to the Japanese Gardens. It’s hard to believe that you’re on a college campus because it honestly feels like its own little world down there.

Sketching in the garden was honestly such a relaxing experience, not even exaggerating. I had an 8:00 am class in the morning and then work from 10:00-1:00 pm, so I headed over to the garden right after that to get a head start on my sketches. I was really stressed out in the morning because I had a lot going on, so I was definitely looking forward to getting away from the insanity and going to the tranquil garden. From the giant trees to the cute, little ducks, the orange koi fish to the detailed structures, there was a lot to get inspired by.

Emily Tomasello

quick sketches from around the CSULB Japanese Garden by Lydia Chang

Lydia Chang

ah, I was late on Wednesday so I couldn’t draw anything then.

Why is the garden so crowded on Sundays? This is a legit question. Rhetorical, of course. And I already know the answer… LOL

Anyways, I walked in expecting a calm afternoon in the gardens. Boy, was I wrong. I walk in and there are children running around and people taking photographs all over the place and it was hot. I look at my phone and read the first item on the menu: 10 30-second drawings. I have a confession, most of these might’ve taken longer than 30 seconds.. BUT THAT’S BECAUSE I KEPT GETTING DISTRACTED aka keep looking up and stare at the scenery.

If anything, this was an interesting project and I would actually not mind doing this again. (Although, I would try not to be an hour and a half late. I’m sorry again… I saw the gates locked and I was actually about to cry.)

Lydia Chang

sketches in the Japanese Garden

Lydia Chang

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
  8. 19th Century
  9. Aesthetics & Beauty and Realism & Romanticism

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: