csulb students at venice beach legal art walls

We have 2 tools for “turning in” your work: the Tout mobile app, and iClickers. Check the chart below for Activities, Student Art Gallery Visits, Readings, Lectures, and Artists of the Week. The Activities & Gallery visits you’ll “turn in” with a Tout. The Readings, Lectures, and Artist OTW, we’ll “turn in” with iClicker questions in UT-108 on Tuesdays.


Tout is a micro-video platform. You can use it on phone, tablet, laptop or desktop with a webcam. Tout’s 15-second video clips force us to get to the point! If you are not prepared, you can just “um” and “ah” and say nothing in 15 seconds, however, if you pre-think 2 thoughtful sentences about art, aesthetics, culture, and ideas, you will find that 15 seconds is plenty of time to express 2 complete sentences: two complete thoughts about what specifically you find compelling in a work of art.

All touts should have 2 hash tags (and any additional hash tags you like)
1. #art110f13 – the hash tag that lets us find ALL the touts for our class!
2. #art110f13idxxxx – where “xxxx” = the last 4 digits of your CSULB Student ID – this hash tag will aggregate all of YOUR touts. You’ll be able to “turn in” activities simply by “turning in” your hash tag


For your readings in Body Art, Street Art, and Internet Art, and also the short video Lectures & Artist of the Week, we’ll use iClickers in class. And YOU get to write your own questions. If you visit
Write a Question

You can write your own multiple choice questions for each week. Turn in questions by Sunday night and I’ll select some of them to use in class on Tuesday. Plus you get EC for writing questions! You can write an Opinion question: How do you feel when you read that the artist did this? Or an Objective question, The artist created this work in response to what?

Be sure to look at the already written questions and write something that hasn’t already been written. I’ll pay the question author 3 points EC for a good Opinion question, and 6 points EC for a good Objective question. You can write up to 1 of each per week.

In class, everybody who answers an opinion question gets points for it. Everybody who Correctly answers an objective question gets points for it.

[box type=”download”]If the activity schedule ^above^ doesn’t appear in your browser, try going directly to the google doc.[/box]

Student Gallery Visits

Most weeks you’ll be visiting the CSULB Student Art Galleries. I hope you really enjoy this. It’s a chance to see what other students your own age are thinking about. Each week the 5 School of Art galleries have new shows. In fact we’re meeting in the Gallery Courtyard on Thursdays. Our class is 11:12:15 and the galleries open at Noon. So you can visit at the end of class time on Thursday or any other day of the week. Thursday at 5pm is the end of each week’s shows. They load out and new shows load in on Friday and Saturday. Then there’s an opening on Sunday night. If you’re around that’s a nice time to go as it’s a big party and you’ll probably get lots of free food! And then they’re open Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu from Noon-5pm.

Each week you can take a look at the 4-5 student exhibitions, pick the one you find most compelling, and find the artist (they’re usually around.) Each week you’ll “turn in” 2 Touts on the 1 show of your choice: 1 Tout from you saying something about how you respond to the work, and 1 Tout from the artists answering some question from you. As I noted above, you can say a lot in 15 seconds, IF you think about what you want to say in advance!


Week 1: 3D: Plaster Casting

Details on Plaster Casting

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 1: 1 Activity Tout[/box]

Week 2: 2D: Drawing

Sketch your name in Bubble Letters
Details on Drawing

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 2: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 3: 2D: Painting

Spray Paint your name in Bubble Letters, 2 colors
Details on Painting
Venice Art Walls.com

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 3: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 4: 2D: Photo: Instagram

Everyone Instagrams & hash tags “my life” on the same day, then Tout about the aggregate class portrait.

Thursday, Sep 19 will be our “Art110 Life” day. For the 24 hours of Thursday (12:01am to 11:59pm) we’ll snap Instagram pix and please use the hash tag “#art110f13life” You can snap all the pix you like, but please snap at least 4 through the day. Then on Friday or the Weekend you can look over the big collection of pix that you and your classmates generated and Tout your thoughts on the creation.

To View Our Pix:
• On Mobile > Instagram > #art110f13life
• On Web > statigr.am/viewer.php#/tag/art110f13life

Note that for me, Statigram only seems to show hashtag results if I’m logged in. And, there are no Statigram accounts, they use your Instagram UserName & Pass to login. And, you can only make an Instagram account via a mobile device. So, for anyone who doesn’t have a smartphone, be sure to use my iPad on Thursday to make an Instagram account. Once you have a UserName & Pass, you can login to Instagram or Statigram on a laptop or desktop.

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 4: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 5: 2D: Photo: Landscapes with a Corpse

Last week we tried “New Media” photography with our collective Instagram project. This week we try more traditional photography with a self portrait. Well, mostly traditional. It’s a self-portrait imagining your own death! The photographer Izima Kaoru has been working on his Landscapes with a Corpse series for 20 years! This week we’ll take our inspiration from his project.
Details on Landscapes with a Corpse

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 5: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 6: 2D: 10 Seconds

For our 3rd & final week of photography projects we’re going to participate in Alma Haser’s “10 Seconds Project.” A link to the full directions is below. The idea is to make a video of you making a selfie. But this selfie isn’t a hold your arm out selfie, it’s a “10 Seconds” self-timer shot. So you’ll need 2 “cameras” (phones, etc) but that’s easy since we have so many classmates. I’ll bring a couple of tripods on Thursday and you can improvise and help each other. As Haser explains, your goal is to “hide” in plain sight. It’s derived from a unique form of hide-and-seek that Haser and her brother played as kids.

Oh… and she’s agreed to pick the 4 best! So in addition to the project points, we’ll also have 25, 50, 75 & 100 points of EC for the top 4 projects as picked by Alma Haser!

So… post your photo on Instagram with #art110f1310sec
And you can upload the video as your Tout
AND please also email your links to Haser! alma@haser.org

About the Ten Seconds Project
Alma Haser’s video
The 10 Seconds project rules

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 6: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 7: AH: Museum Trip

Last week we “found art” around us, and this week we’re going to an Art Museum. We’ve got many great museums in the SoCal area. I’ve selected LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for our trip. LACMA has an enormous campus with a huge, encyclopedic art collection, and after a time “wandering in the desert,” LACMA today is one of the hottest Art Museums in the world. They’ve also got a lot of indoor and a lot of outdoor works for you to look at, so you can see and think about a wide range of work and settings.

LACMA is free on the 2nd Tue of the month, so we’ll use our Tue Oct 8 class to visit LACMA. If you can’t go that day, you can check out their website for other days / times / and price options:
Visiting LACMA

Please do 4 Touts while at the museum. At least 1 indoors. At least 1 outdoors. As usual, think about the work before you push record and then give us 15 seconds of powerful ideas.

2 Reply Touts – watch your classmates touts and reply to 3 or more “Museum Visit” touts.

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 7: 4 Museum Touts, 3 Reply Touts + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 8: New Media: Counterfactual Identity


[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 8: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Tout[/box]

Week 9: ePortfolio 1

WordPress.com << make your Website / CMS / Blog / ePortfolio

ePortfolios @Clemson

• Award winner: Evan Goodwin

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 9: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 10: Media Camp!


[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 10: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 11: Vlog

This week we make a Vlog or “Video Blog” to use as the greeting to the website we launched 2 weeks ago. Obviously we live in a video age and having your smiling, confident, informed face greet visitors will take your website a long way toward landing that job or internship, winning the ASI election, or achieving whatever your goals are. It can be short. if you were me, you might say something like:

Hi, I’m Glenn Zucman. I’m a visual artist in Los Angeles. My Intermedia art practice ranges from robotic projects to online identity activities. I teach art at Long Beach State, and I’m the former host of the arts interview radio broadcasts Strange Angels for KBeach Radio and Border Patrol for American Public Media. Thank you for visiting my website, I hope you enjoy the work, and just click on the ‘contact’ button if you have questions about anything. Thanks a lot!

You can use YouTube or Vimeo or whatever you like for this. You can talk straight into your laptop to make a YouTube. YT & Vimeo both have mobile apps, so you can just talk to your phone. If you happen to have a nicer video camera, it’d be worth using it an uploading to Vimeo, since this is your welcome message to the world and the better it looks, the better!

Then just embed your video on your website and tout the result. You can put your URL in the text box for your Tout, after your hash tags.

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 11: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 12: 4D: Videography

Find a new mobile video app to experiment with

So far we’ve had Art History Activities, 2D Activities, and 3D Activities. Now it’s time to think about the 4th dimension: time. Of course we’ve been making videos all along with Tout, but this week we’d like to think more specifically about the temporal dimension. So find a Mobile Video app that you haven’t played with before and experiment with it. Apps like Vine, Cinemagram, and Viddy let you play with micro-filmmaking. Apps like SloPro and LapseIt let you vary the time dimension specifically with very high or very low frame rates. After you play with your app for a while think of a little “mini-movie” to make with it and make your piece. Most apps either have a website to view videos, or they let you save your creation to your “camera roll” and upload to YouTube. Go to the website or upload your finished piece, get the URL for it, and paste your URL in the text description of this week’s Tout. In your Tout, say what you were trying to think about or achieve in your piece.

You can work in GROUPS of any size. Yes, a group of 1 is ok too.

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 12: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 13: Virtual Reality: Chair

Use the Virtual World, or 3D Modeling software of your choice to create a virtual chair!

First use Google Images, Flickr, or perhaps an Interior Design magazine, to think about what sort of chair you’d like to build. Then pick a Virtual World, or some 3D Modeling software. The virtual worlds are probably easier to work in if you don’t have experience and don’t have any particular interests. You might like to play with 3D software if it may be useful in the future for you.

Some Virtual Worlds you can Build in:
• Second Life (free)
• Cloud Party (free)
• Minecraft (buy app 4 desktop or mobile)

Some 3D Software you can Build with:
• Maya (Animation standard)
• 3D Studio Max (Game Design standard)
• Autocad (standard for Architecture, Civil Engineering, etc)
The 3 packages listed above are $$$ but you can get free, fully functional, copies as a student! These 3 are from Autodesk. Check out Autodesk Software for Students.

You can use ANY World or ANY Software that will let you build a chair. I’ll demo the project using the free Virtual World of Second Life.
Second Life.com
• “CSULB Island” in Second Life

When you sign up for SL you can download the “official” SL Viewer. It works fine. I prefer the “Firestorm” viewer. You can get it here:
Firestorm Viewer

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 13: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Week 14: Thanksgiving Week

Who makes peeps do projects on Thanksgiving week?

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 14: Nothing![/box]

Week 15: 3D: Fiber Arts: Yarn Bombing

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]DUE WEEK 15: 1 Activity Tout + 2 Gallery Touts[/box]

Written by Glenn Zucman

BA, Psychology, University of Hawaii, MFA, Intermedia Art, Long Beach State. Host of American Public Media's "Border Patrol." Host of KBeach Radio's "Strange Angels." Interested in Identity Art that explores our Oracle-at-Delphi-like straddling of corporeal and virtual realms in our new media century. Civil rights in online space. 10 years...
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