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.