Week 15 -Classmate Conversation – Tiffany Tran


My final classmate conversation I talked to was Tiffany Tran. Tiffany is currently a freshmen here at CSULB who’s majoring in Psychology. Tiffany took this class because she said it looked easy to do. Her favorite music genre is pop and favorite artist is John Mayor because of his meaningful lyrics. On her free time, Tiffany watch Friends, go out with friends and loves going out to watch movies. Also her favorite art project throughout this semester was the dead corpse picture because it was quick and easy.


Week 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As The Crow Flies By

Media: Print Making, Photography

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi

Website: none

Instagram: none

This week artist we conversated with was Nancy Young. Nancy is from Costa Mesa and talked to us about the struggle she went through in her past. Gladly she will be graduating this year with a BFA in Printmaking. Nancy told us about how she did attend Cal State Long Beach back in 1984, but had to drop due to academic probation because of drug abuse. She doesn’t plan to make her money from her art but decided to continue to work for Orange County area in programming and help many people.

This whole exhibition was about many portraits of crows. Nancy used many printmaking techniques to do so. As you can see, she used colors like black, white, and gray to give off different vibes for these arts. Whne I looked at the art, it was very gloomy and sad to me and it showed the struggle Nancy has gone through. I did notice that Nancy used many shades in her work to show the importance of pieces inside. While the lightly shaded area wasn’t as important.

It was heart warming to find out the true meaning of her art. The message of her sorrows using the crows as the symbol  to get us to understand the hardship she had to go through with school, drugs and her husband passing on seven years ago. Crows are symbols of departure and can see the dead, with that she used the crows to express her grief for her dead husband but also her departure from a school she has been through so much with.

With this exhibition I can relate to Nancy’s feelings because I too have a dead love one and I understand it was a very sorrowful event for her. It was great that she used that sadden event in her life to incorporate into her artwork and still carry on to achieve her goal to finish her stay at CSULB. The same goes for me, with one of my love one passing on, I will graduate here at CSULB no matter how long it takes!


Week 14 – Sketching in the Garden


I was happy to have the opportunity to do a quick sketch at the Japanese Garden at our campus! The experience of this project was great and fun to me. It was nice to see our classmates starting their sketches right away as I walked in the garden to get a good landscape shot to start sketching in my book. Since it was a sketch, I was just putting enough effort to try to copy how I see the image in front of me. I stared at the landscapes for a good ten minutes to appreciate the atmosphere and look at the beauty of the garden and its wildlife. For the abstract pictures, I choose to use snapchat and started to doodle as a source of abstract in the image. Also putting down lines to follow what was going through my head at the time there as my abstract drawings. Overall, it was a challenge to draw without erasing but it helped me understand it’s alright to make mistakes here and there, you can just find another way to work with the mistakes.

Week 13 – Art Care Package


This week art project was pretty interesting. What I put together was items that had something significant to me was a symphony ticket to one of my all time favorite game “The Legend of Zelda”. The art portion of it was going to the symphony and listen to their wonderful music in which I propose the best form of art for that game. Looking through Rosa’s page, I couldn’t find out what she really likes so I’m sending a dog key cover as a present. Last but not least I’m sending her a cultural item which is a booklet of who to vote for in this upcoming election. Voting is really important to show that you have a voice for our generation.

Sending someone an ACP is similar to sending someone a Snapchat because you get to show that person something interesting but instead you actually get the items and it will take about a week to recieve the message. Giving someone like a parking ticket would be the most trash thing ever, as in the tiem has no value and you just want to get rid of it, I believe an item would be really valuable is when it was a limited time and you know for sure that it will never be sold ever again. I believe there’s not much of a difference between art in real life than art you send someone because art is art, if you actually put some thought into the gift, that means you just sent someone a valuable art that they should cherish. When you mail something of course it will take a while but Snapchat is something you show a person instantly to see how everyone is doing within their day. When you send out a gift, it’s something physical you can hold and use. Fast is better because you get to enjoy the object a lot faster than waiting for a while. Slow can be better because it builds up the anticipation of when will the item will come. Making a meal with love is much slower than getting a meal from Mcdonalds because Mcdonalds can make your food in less than two minutes. Snapchat is something you can’t send love to someone unless it’s your significant other, but sending a gift to a random stranger has a more love affect because it’s an object they can cherish.

Week 13 – Classmate Conversation –


This week I got the honor to interview Justin Marguez. Justin is from Los Angeles around the Burbank area. He’s currently and first year at CSULB majoring in Computer Enginering.  Justin is doorming on campus and his roommate encouraged him to take this course because of the fun activities. During the weekends, he goes back to his hometown to spend time with family and then go back to work at the movie theater there. Justin felt that Long Beach is much slower than L.A. because L.B. is a city that doesn’t change as much with society.



Week 13 – Artist Conversation- Nick Bumford


Artist: Nick Bumford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: Mix media, plaster, random objects, clay, cement

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: @nickbamf4d

This week artist I got to meet was Nick Bumford. Nick is currently a senior here at CSULB and plan to graduate this semester witha  BFA in Ceramics. He took ceramics back in high school and wanted to keep on going with it through college. Nick is from Huntington Beach where he’s the only artist in his family and has a little sister who does accounting. Most of Nick’s free time goes into making his art pieces.

Nick’s artwork was very unsual than the other artists I’ve met so far. His art is like a collaboration of random items place together to hold each other up. I like how he use specific lighting to give it a nice neon color in the dark and there were items like a cage, dolls, strings, and many sticks to give more room so that Nick can add on as much pieces he can. It was confusing to see the pieces since it was dark but it seemed they all fit together pretty well.

Nick felt that he wanted to explore and try out new things in art that no one has ever done. So he used different shape of objects to add onto the piece where he even add some pieces he own into the art to reflect himself through it. Using the lighting effect with the art was something he thought of within five days he was doing this project. I believe Nick reached his goals since it did confuse many of the classmates, and the fact that he completed this, it was a challenge brought upon himself bringing together these pieces.

I felt that Nick went out of his way in his comfort zone to bring this piece to life and I can compare that with my life. When taking this course I am a shy person and when it comes to getting a classmate conversation every week, I try my best to get out of comfort zone and speak with anyone who’s willing to talk. As a result, Nick’s product came out really nice with many objects on it and I can end this semester with more friends on campus.


Week 12 – Game Design

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With the geocaching game we used our mobile device as this week art project, I found it really fun since it’s like playing scavenger hunt with our classmates. The GPS coordinates I placed my cache was near the Beach Hut store on the south side of campus. I hid an eraser inside a red plastic container that had “treasure” written on it, and a little congratulation note inside. I hope that no random stranger finds it and throws it away. The experience was really fun because I get to travel around campus to find an object i didn’t know what it looked like. I started at the rec center and worked my way walking up the stairs to the opposite side of campus and finally found a blue bottle near a tree that had a note, some paper trash, and coins as my reward. (Free snack money!). I learned that there are sections around the campus where it’s base around majors. For instant, I passed through the engineering buildings and I never knew we had one and never notice it. It just gave off a differnent vibe seeing students actually studying really hard for that major. Expanding on the concept of muggles with geocaching, I myself know places around Long Beach where people I knew died through gunshots or suicide but still pass by the area like an everday agenda. Also when I have guests around Long Beach, I show them around the area I grew up in and tell them these stories, then I show them buildings/arts that were at spots I frequenly remembered. But in the end, there’re tourists who come into the city being smazed by the sight but are moggles because they never knew about its past.