Tiffany Van Gilder holding the results of her Automatic Drawing art experience

Wk 9 – Moonbase Alpha

Blue Banner with "Spring '16" in yellow letters

Ashley Batres

Ashley Batres

This project was fun, a bit spooky, but also kind of intimate.

Xiomara Brenes

Points Update

Through the end of Week 8 we’ve had a total of 540 points available. Here’s how many points you should have on BeachBored now to be on track for each grade level:

540 points = 100% = “A+” – 44 peeps
486 points = 90% = “A” – 52 peeps – 45+48 = 96
432 points = 80% = “B” – 13 peeps
378 points = 70% = “C” – 11 peeps
324 points = 60% = “D” – 4 peeps
323 points & below = “F” – 3 peeps

Based on these projected grades, the current overall class GPA is 3.54 which is up from last week’s 3.51 by 0.03

Art Experience

  • Moonbase Alpha

Artists

  • Vanessa Blaylock
  • Joseph Cornell
Glenda Castillo

Glenda Castillo

This week’s art experience is automatic drawing. My partner is my sister. I had a hard time convincing her to do this project with me. The thing is me and my sister fight a lot, but through this project we had a lot of fun. Our material is the back of a wall mount calendar and my over five-years-old blue pen. We sit on my bed facing each other, hold the pen with all 4 hands, eyes closed and relax, let the line flow. It may sound simple to do, but it is not. We keep laughing and it took us a while to settle. It doesn’t last very long until we start free roaming. While it lasts, I find this extremely relaxing.

Leon Phung

Helen Lee, original

Helen Lee, original

Helen Lee, enhanced

Helen Lee, enhanced

This was the silliest thing I have very done for an art project. I did not expect it, but I enjoyed those few minutes that I got to relax and just let the drawing do itself. At the beginning I wondered and overthought the process because it did not make sense to just let the pencil do the work. I asked my mother to do this because she is always in a rushed manner and this was a good way for us to bond and for her to stop for a moment and not think about things we have to do later.

Maria Barreda

Using Automatic Drawing as inspiration for a sketch. By Hannah Mandias.

Haley Anderson

Haley Anderson

This exercise was a complete blast, and i call it an exercise because after about 5 minutes of holding a pencil without any support you tend to feel it in the arms. so i did this piece with my sister as part of our weekly bonding, because i barely get to see her during the week as we go to different schools and are really busy with work and school schedules…

I’ll say nothing happen for the first three minutes I was holding the pencil after which it Slowly started to move, it’s strange to think that without us intentionally moving this pencil it moves on its own. I kid you not when i say this but as soon as it started to move my sister screamed “its moving!”…

This art was really fun and I think I even heard my mom says she’s going to Frame it. PS: my mom tends to joke a lot.

Danielle Garcia

Danielle Garcia

The experience was great because automatic drawing allow me to reflect upon the subconscious mind. I knew and was consciously aware of what I was doing, but did not know of the feelings and desires of the subconscious mind, the automatic mind. I have heard about how the subconscious mind is not the truth of reality, and that the conscious mind is the reality of truth. However, I believe that the whole truth to reality and the whole reality to truth is the subconscious mind and the conscious mind. The subconscious mind brings out the feelings that you can not see, dark and light .And the conscious mind embraces the feelings that you know, evil and love.

Rejina Hernandez

Megan Stevens

Megan Stevens

This was by far the funniest art experience yet. It was so difficult not to laugh while doing this. I am not sure if it was the assignment or the fact that I chose my husband as my partner. It was frustrating to try and not lead the pencil around; because we knew we were pretty much just scribbling. It was hilarious when we opened our eyes only to see that we drew like 2 year olds. When we were done my husband said we should try and draw something together with our eyes open. So we are looking forward to that now.

Valentina Ramirez

Marlon Fernandes

Marlon Fernandes

This was really fun. Somehow my sister and I did not fight over who was going to take control of the pens, we just let it go.

Rosa Velazquez

Crysta Tim

Crysta Tim

The result of the drawing was very chaotic at first, but on a closer look, there is a lot of consistency between the marks made on the page. There are parts of the piece that are more jumbled and darker, signaling the parts of our conversation that may have been more serious or sad. I feel our emotions and the tone of the conversation as it went are captured well in this image.

Overall, the experience was worth the initial uneasiness. I feel this is a good technique for building or restoring closeness and intimacy between two individuals.

Crysta Tim

automatic drawing

Glenn Zucman & Linda Erben, 16 January ’16